“Engaging” News from August
Here are some interesting articles on public engagement and related issues from August 2014.
An influx of communication and collaboration technologies since the beginning of the 21st century has helped to make this the most connected time in human history — and seemingly easier than ever for society to work together. Yet, where is the political yield? (TechCrunch)
Civic engagement platforms are gradually taking foot. But this approach to resident feedback collection is still a bit of a mystery to many planners. (CoUrbanize via Engaging Cities)
Economic inequality and social immobility are complex political problems that politicians can’t solve through conventional legislation and regulation. (Public Agenda)
Digital tools for public engagement can effectively complement in-person meetings, and convenience is only one reason to invest in online participation. Here are several helpful resources to assist in ramping up engagement digitally. (Community Matters)
I imagine most of you have never heard of the DATA Act. The bill with the nerdy name has the potential to revolutionize government. It requires federal agencies to make their spending data available in standardized, publicly accessible formats. Supporters of the legislation included Tea Partiers and the most liberal Democrats. But the bill is only scratches the surface of what’s possible. (Wired)
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