PlaceSpeak Featured in GovTech’s “2017 from A to Z”

We are delighted to have been included in Government Technology Magazine’s 2017 Year in Review:

“As government seeks to increase citizen engagement online, new platforms are emerging that aim to make that interaction as painless as possible. PlaceSpeak is one such tool that not only solicits useful resident feedback, but also eliminates trolls and bots that so often make the Internet unpleasant. Agencies are using PlaceSpeak to identify users based on location, ensuring that only residents who live in affected areas can weigh in on issues relevant to them.”

PlaceSpeak Receives PHABC Healthy Corporate Citizen Award

PlaceSpeak has received the Public Health Association of British Columbia (PHABC) Healthy Corporate Citizen Award. The platform was nominated for its ability to empower ordinary citizens from across the province to engage with pressing issues in a way that legitimizes their concerns and ideas, allowing people to make meaningful contributions to their communities.

Government of Canada to Launch First PlaceSpeak Consultation

This winter, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will be the first federal government department to use PlaceSpeak for consulting with the public. This pilot project provides an opportunity for residents to contribute feedback to decision-makers and help shape how the Ottawa River watershed is managed in the future. Nancy Pawelek, Government of Canada Free Agent on assignment with ECCC, shared her insights on PlaceSpeak’s potential at the recent Policy Ignite! event in Ottawa.

“We’ve chosen PlaceSpeak to host our online public engagement for the Ottawa River watershed because of a few unique features that seemed to be a good fit for the needs of our study – like the way it links digital identity to geo-location, which will let us analyze whether sentiment varies in different parts of the watershed,” said Pawelek.

3 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid in Online Citizen Engagement

From local governments to the private sector, organizations are increasingly recognizing the importance of online citizen engagement. Supplementing in-person forms of collecting public input (e.g. town hall meetings, public hearings) with online methods is crucial for reaching a more diverse audience and making the process more convenient for participants. (Not convinced? Read six reasons your organization should start doing online engagement.)

Now that you’ve decided to start consulting with the public online, how do you get the most out of the process? Here are three common mistakes to avoid.

FWD50: Canada’s Digital Government Conference

From November 1-3, 2017, PlaceSpeak Founder and CEO, Colleen Hardwick, will be chairing the 50 Months: Government as a Platform track at FWD50

FWD50 is a three-day conversation on digital transformation bringing together citizens, the public service, elected officials, technologists, and innovative thinkers from around the world. The 50 Months track presents brief “lightning talks” on specific innovations within government, from problem identification to solution execution and what lessons were learned in the process.