3 November 2010

Your Input, Our Future. Tangibles.

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In the last installment of ‘Your Input, Our Future,’ I asked you to Dream Big about your idyllic vision of the future of citizen engagement. In this post, I’d like to ask you to think how we make these visions a reality.

There were several competing visions proposed, so please feel free to choose the one you like the most (or propose your own) as you answer this next question:


What do we need to accomplish in five years to be well on the road towards significantly better citizen engagement? Here are some thoughts to get you started:

  • Solid technological infrastructure that enables easy communication between citizens and elected officials in ways that are meaningful and useful to everyone involved.
  • Internal government cultures that support meaningful engagement with and responsiveness to citizens.
  • The early stages of a rise of a global government norm to utilize technology that gives their citizens easy access to information and communication technologies.

I know that there are many more out there: what are they?

All of your comments will be part of developing the Open Forum Foundation’s five year plan beginning on November 13th.

4 Replies to Your Input, Our Future. Tangibles.

  1. Pingback: Your Input, Our Future. Dream Big! « Open Forum Foundation

  2. I sincerely believe that in order to succeed, Open4m needs to somehow get an “in” with the U.S. government, so that Open4m becomes the exclusive (or, at least, premiere) means of communication between constituents and their representatives. The only way our services will work is if we’re offering a mode of communication between constituents and their representations that citizens can’t get elsewhere, and that U.S. government has tacitly endorsed as “their” website.

    Posted by Shadee Malaklou on 4 November 2010 at 2:11am

  3. I’d add to the list in the original post that it would be wonderful for the culture on Capitol Hill to embrace transparency consistently and not just when it is in someone’s political interest to point out the lack of transparency in someone else.

    Posted by lucas on 9 November 2010 at 9:11am

  4. Maybe the most important thing we need in five years is proof that this model actually works. I think the biggest stumbling blocks to better citizen engagement are two-fold:
    - Citizens don’t believe that their government listens or responds to them
    - Elected officials are busy people stuck in a broken system. There are very few rewards and huge risks to trying to change that system, though, no matter how broken it is.

    Maybe a cheerleader/thought-leader is needed most so that both sides can see the tangible benefits for changing behavior.

    Posted by Meagen Ryan on 10 November 2010 at 3:11pm

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