On July 28th 2014, the 100th day before the US Election on November 4 2014, our colleagues at Goodnik partnered with civictech startup Issue Voter to present Issues + Innovation = Impact which brought together people from government, nonprofits, and startups, to discuss tri-sector collaboration and civic engagement. After a demo of the IssueVoter platform, which enables citizens to not only vote on legislation, plus track how their representatives themselves vote, and vice versa, there was a panel discussion featuring Art Chang, Chair, NYC Voter Assistance Advisory Committee, and Ron Gonen, New York City Deputy Commissioner for Recycling and Sustainability, moderated by IssueVoter founder Maria Yuan. ISOC-NY cameras were present, video is below.
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On June 4 2014 at New York Law School the NYC Campaign Finance Board and partners including BetaNYC presented Open Source Democracy – practical demonstrations of new approaches to voting and elections from around the United States. NYC Votes, Democracy Works, and the Open Source Election Technology (OSET) Foundation demonstrated their work and case studies of implementations. This was followed by a panel, speakers: Art Chang, Chair, New York City Voter Assistance Advisory Committee; Greg Miller, Co-Founder and Chief Development Officer, OSET Foundation; Seth Flaxman, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Democracy Works; Michael Ryan, Executive Director, NYC Board of Elections; Doug Kellner, Co-Chair, New York State Board of Elections; and Amy Loprest, Executive Director, NYC Campaign Finance Board. Moderator:John Kaehny, Co-Chair of the NYC Transparency Working Group. An edited version of the webcast is below:
VIDEO: New Voices – The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity – Steven Clift #edem @democracy
On a brief visit to NYC civic technology leader Steven Clift, a White House Champion of Change for Open Government, at short notice set up a presentation – New Voices – The Civic Technology and Open Government Opportunity at the UNDP offices on December 18 2013. At issue is whether growing open government and civic technology will ironically lead to greater concentration of power among fewer, often similar voices or will more open government and community engagement online lead to better government decisions, stronger communities and more problem-solving? Clift highlighted myth-busting research from the Pew Internet and American Life project and shared unique highlights from E-Democracy’s BeNeighbors.org initiative that is designed to foster local neighborhood engagement online that builds bridges across income, race, and native-born and immigrant communities. Video is below:
View on YouTube: http://youtu.be/cHt9K-04IcQ
Transcribe on AMARA: http://www.amara.org/en/videos/YkwSWEatPchw/
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Flash Conference 12/12 NYU: “From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond–The Future of Networked Democracy”
Monday night December 12, NYU, Personal Democracy Media will present a flash conference titled, “From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond: The Future of Networked Democracy”
What: From the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street and Beyond: The Future of Networked Democracy
When: Monday December 12 2011, 6pm-8.30pm
Where: NYU Kimmel Center, 10th Floor,60 Washington Square South, NYC
Who: Open to public. Register ($5)
The conference will explore how decentralized and distributed empowerment is enabling new forms of political movement, and ponder questions like:
- Are these movements leaderless, or leaderfull? And either way, how do they make decisions?
- Are these movements working within the system or trying to create a new one?
- Getting co-opted: A danger or a sign that you’re winning?
- Is a group still its own worst enemy?
- New media and over-communication: how do these movements manage the cacophony they help create?
- Is networked democracy to top-down politics what citizen media is to broadcast media?
Ori Brafman, co-author, The Starfish and the Spider
Beka Economopolous, organizer, Occupy Wall Street
Marianne Manilov, co-founder, The Engage Network;
Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder, Tea Party Patriots
Mark Meckler, co-founder, Tea Party Patriots
Clay Shirky, NYU, author, Here Comes Everybody
Marina Sitrin, author, Horizontalism;
Nelini Stamp, organizer, Occupy Wall Street
Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina.
Moderated by Micah L. Sifry and Andrew Rasiej