In Conversation With Susan Clark

Susan Clark founded Common Knowledge to pioneer “community-driven design”, including diverse stakeholders to stimulate innovative solutions on various issues. Susan is an active board member of the National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation (NCDD). Recently Susan has been focusing on combining the best of in-person and digital engagement and has been an adviser to Code for America, Voter’s Edge and other civic tech groups.

PlaceSpeak launches in the Cowichan Region

The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) and its member municipalities have approved the use of PlaceSpeak, a location-based citizen engagement platform, for consulting with residents and key stakeholders on an ongoing basis.

The platform’s unique geo-verification technology ensures that the CVRD and the City of Duncan, Town of Ladysmith, Town of Lake Cowichan and Municipality of North Cowichan are hearing from residents within the specific boundaries of their jurisdictions.

7 Online Citizen Engagement Trends to Watch In 2017

As governments and organizations increasingly recognize the importance of online citizen engagement, here are 7 trends to watch as we start the new year.

1. Mobile is key

In the United States, smartphone-only users exceeded desktop-only users in 2015. While the desktop computer doesn’t seem to be phasing out anytime soon, people have become more mobile-dependent, including hard-to-reach demographics such as youth. Ensure that your public consultations are accessible on mobile (phones, tablets, etc.) in addition to desktop access.

PlaceSpeak releases WordPress Geo-Verification Plugin

VANCOUVER, BC – PlaceSpeak, a pioneering location-based citizen engagement platform, today released the PlaceSpeak Connect plugin which allows any organization using Wordpress to verify the location of participating users.

The Wordpress plugin is based on the PlaceSpeak Connect GeoID API, which allows third-party organizations to integrate PlaceSpeak’s unique geo-verification technology into any application or website. The plugin simplifies the process for WordPress websites. Any WordPress administrator can define the geographic boundaries for a topic of interest (e.g. neighbourhood, town, city, region, etc.), and break down the feedback collected by geographical area. Website visitors can also log in and leave comments using their PlaceSpeak account.

PlaceSpeak 2016 In Review

2016 has been a busy year for us here at PlaceSpeak. From innovating on our location-based citizen engagement platform, to launching in new cities across North America, we’re continuing to empower citizens everywhere to make a meaningful impact on their communities. Here are just a few of the things we accomplished this year.