Vote for our IAP2 Conference Talk Proposal!
IAP2 USA in collaboration with IAP2 Canada, is bringing together over 200 conference delegates September 22-24, 2013 in Salt Lake City, UT for the North American Conference. They are currently crowdsourcing to help select their lineup of presentations from all the proposals submitted.
PlaceSpeak has made a submission for an IAP2 talk entitled “Authenticating Online Consultation: the Geosocial paradigm shift.” Please check it out and consider voting for us! (email registration required to vote). More details on the proposal can be found below.
Authenticating Online Consultation: the Geosocial paradigm shift
Technology now exists to overcome some of most salient pathologies of democratic governance. The Internet offers fresh potential to reinvigorate civic engagement. Online tools can extend participation well beyond traditional bounds of public hearings. However, online consultation thus far has met with varying degrees of success and does not stand up to scrutiny. This is because online consultation has been anonymous and until consultation is tied to actual observable outcomes people and government will not take it seriously. Public policy development and decision-making needs better online engagement tools that produce defensible data. Enter the new model: Geosocial online public consultation.
Colleen Hardwick is a visionary Vancouver trailblazer whose career encompasses urban planning, media and internet technology innovation. She has been providing leadership to various communities for twenty-five years. Colleen is the founder and CEO of PlaceSpeak, the revolutionary community consultation platform that encourages public participation by enabling direct engagement of residents with proponents of location-based issues. PlaceSpeak has been designed to provide decision-makers with verifiable evidence to support public policy development.