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As Hugh McLeod might say: Rock on!

I think there is the basis here of an alternative approach to e-democracy based on participation and capacity building among its 'clients' rather than continued focus on individual service portals and one-to-many communication.

The linking of Web2.0 ideas to current participation methods is useful - it helps illustrate just how non-participative some current methods really are.

More later....

What a great piece. Comprehensive and laden with promise.

For my techie sensibilities, this stands out: "Instead of trying to get people to contribute to one place, why not enable them to create their own places and then join them up."

I think it is important to get that this can be completely disintermediated and work, on the many things loosely coupled principle: aggregating happens but not as a locus of control or accessibility or exclusivity.

Exciting times ahead.

wonderful stuff! perhaps the crux is how issues and decision points are chosen. in a conventional participation process top-down selections define the space in which people can express their ideas and preferences. your "engagement" model replaces this with a bottom-up process in which people cluster around shared interests or concerns, out of which emerge the issues and decision points.

i think you're right to link this with the new wave of web-based technologies. for the first time a crop of easy-to-use tools is available which are well adapted to fostering large-scale emergent processes. but some pieces of the jigsaw are still missing...

Thanks for such encouraging comments - I hope we can develop further.
Charles - I think your point about who defines the space and the decision points really is a key issue. New technologies give us models and tools that re-awaken us to old issues of power and control.


Buzzword alert on ... Web 2.0 ... buzzword alert off

I encourage you to dig deep into the "web 2.0" ideas being built into the open source GroupServer tool: http://e-democracy.org/groupserver

This page will give you a sense of where I want to take it:

Steven Clift

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