[Air-l] Event - Better than Blogging? and Global E-Democracy Trends - Harvard, Boston - Thu Feb 22 2006

Steven Clift slc at publicus.net
Fri Feb 16 11:48:25 PST 2007

Please pass this announcement on to those you know in the Boston area.  If
you are from outside the Harvard community, come on along and cc:
clift at publicus.net with your RSVP as noted below.

If you are outside the area, consider joining my 2500 person
blog/e-newsletter on "e-democracy" topics from e-participation in government
to citizen media: http://groups.dowire.org/groups/newswire

Steven Clift


The Leadership for a Networked World Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of
Government invites to join Steven Clift, an international expert on
"e-democracy" in government and community and new Ashoka Fellow, for a
two-part seminar:

What: "Global E-Democracy Trends" and "Better than Blogging? Building Local
Online Dialogue."

When:  1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Thursday, February 22nd, 2006

Where: Taubman B, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard

RSVP:  Space is limited. Please RSVP to:  
             Bridget_Black at harvard.edu  or  617-496-6446

Each session will last 45 minutes with a 15 minute break between.

Attend one or both sessions. Open to the public.


Part 1 - Global E-Democracy Trends - 1:30 p.m.

Many governments are dramatically ahead of the United States when it comes
to using the Internet for "e-participation."  Steven Clift, informed by
visits to 26 countries, will share examples and trends on the use of the
Internet in governance and citizen participation.  To prompt discussion,
Steven will share select slides from the large collection available here:

Short Break

Part 2 - Better than Blogging? Building Local Online Dialogue - 2:30 p.m.

Blogging is democratizing national political punditry, but with rare
exceptions (to be noted) it is doing little to build two-way discourse in
local communities. Recently imported by the UK Office of the Deputy Prime
Minister from Minnesota, E-Democracy.Org's "Issues Forum" model brings
together people from across the political spectrum for civil online
discourse on local public issues. Discover ways to build bridging social
capital via local online communities and explore "what's next" with Web 2.0
technologies for local democracy. Political and local bloggers welcome.
Details, including a 60 page guidebook, video, audio, and slides, are
available from: http://e-democracy.org/if  

About Steven Clift

Steven Clift, an energetic presenter, is focused on the use of the Internet
in democracy, governance, and community. As a new Ashoka Fellow, he is now
dedicated full-time to E-Democracy.Org.  E-Democracy.Org created the world's
first election-oriented website in 1994 and today builds sustainable local
online citizen participation efforts around the world.

Through his Democracies Online blog/e-newsletter and online communities of
practice he has connected over 2500 "e-democracy" leaders across 100
countries via DoWire.Org since 1998. Based in Minneapolis, his public
speaking on "e-democracy" takes him to places as diverse as Iceland,
Lebanon, and Mongolia - 26 countries thus far. Listed twice among the "25
Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics" he has consulted to the
United Nations, the OECD, IFES, the Pew Internet and American Life Project,
and many others.

Additional background, articles, and speeches are available from:
Join his Democracies Online Newswire/Blog from:
Tune into E-Democracy.Org:

For information on the Leadership for the Networked World program, see:
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Steven Clift - clift at publicus.net 

   Web:  http://publicus.net
  Blog:  http://dowire.org/notes
   NGO:  http://e-democracy.org 

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  Blog:  http://dowire.org/notes
   NGO:  http://e-democracy.org 

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