Participedia (PP) has been fortunate to receive funding from a range of sources to employ four excellent researchers who will increase the core capacity of PP and allow us to undertake further development work. We thought it would be nice to introduce them as they will be active on the site and as a mostly virtual community we often miss out on the greetings bit!
Involve is the leading UK charity promoting knowledge and world class best practice on the role of public participation in deepening democracy. The current post holder is relocating abroad. As a result we have an opening in a small team for a key appointment of a Programme Manager for our work. At present, a major element of this role is work on Sciencewise – an ambitious multi-agency programme to promote and support public dialogue and engagement on issues of policy involving science and technology.
The FACTS Initiative and CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation have announced a call for proposals on local democratic innovations for publication in a special issue of the FACTS Reports, on the 2013 website of the journal, and on the CIVICUS website.
Two $10,000 Awards Announced to Help Build Civic Infrastructure
Seattle, WA (September 17, 2012) - Less than one month before yet another bitter presidential election, a 1,600-member organization which has promoted a healthier brand of politics for the past decade will gather in Seattle to strategize how to build a more robust civic infrastructure for our communities and country.
Participedia is extremely fortunate to have social media guru Alexandra Samuel as a founding member of our executive committee. She has been instrumental in every phase of the project, even as she maintains a whirlwind work life that would likely leave many of us breathless. We think you will enjoy this profile of Alexandra that is part of the Vancouver Sun's seriese of "Who We Are" profiles of some of the most interesting, dynamic people living in the greater Vancouver metro area.
Don't have time to submit a new entry to the Participedia community, but have a great idea? Never fear! Our new nomination forum is designed to collect suggestions for Cases, Methods or Organizations that you think should be documented on Participedia.net.
This semester, Participedia.net has been fortunate to have three terrific students from Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), Sietse Goffard, Eliza Pan, and Alli Welton. Participedia is a user-generated site for researchers and practitioners in the field of democratic innovation and public engagement. These students have been able to contribute to the essential task of case content clean up and work on innovative cases. Because the site is user driven, having these students thinking through the next phases of Participedia has been essential for our project.
Nicola Pietropoli is a doctoral student at the University of Bologna studying democratic innovation, specifically Law 69/2007 of the Tuscany Region and some twenty processes promoted by this reform that he first learned about through his involvement with Participedia.