I’ve been wanting to post about this paper for a while. At the intersection of technology and citizen participation this is probably one of the best studies produced in 2013 and I’m surprised I haven’t heard a lot about it outside the scholarly circle.
This isn’t the first web site to aggregate data on vacant land in Philadelphia, which underscores how pressing an issue it is for our city. One of the things I like most about the site is how it frames information about vacant land with an eye toward reuse. The site tells you the planing and zoning district a property is in, as well as the City Council district.
Too often, writing discussion questions is an after thought – yet getting thequestion right is probably the most important aspect of any engagement activity,especially online. While there not one absolutely “correct” way to ask a question, there are severalbest practices to encourage deeper, broader and more productive discoursearound complex topics. We have presented 10 suggestions below
When you’ve got the right purpose, stakeholders and management processes in place, make sure you give stakeholders access to the most appropriate tools for the tasks in hand. This is how you can do it.
There is already a buzz in Boston about the “1 Million Dollar Question.” Mayor’s Youth Council representatives and allies from neighborhoods across the city have begun asking their peers how $1 million could be spent to make Boston an even better city for youth. “We are going to get a chance to identify items that are important to us, to have our voices heard, and to see projects that will benefit the city for a long time to come,” said Kayla Knight, a Roxbury Representative on the Mayor’s Youth Council.