After a year of listening, our team of developers and designers put together some new ways to improve online community engagement. By creating easier access, better visual placement, new features, and eye-catching graphic design improvements, CivicIdeasSM, part of our Citizen Participation Suite, has evolved into a highly intuitive and easy to use tool for citizens and staff to build better communities. Today, we've launched this new release.
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Throughout 2013, we’ve seen online civic engagement growth explode: from small towns to great metropolises, citizen voices are being heard through collaborative discussion sites in an effort to better their communities. This month, the entire State of Oklahoma has brought their public dialog online with SpeakUpOklahoma.com.
For a small town, Blacksburg, VA, is surprisingly no stranger to a lot of civic engagement. Next to Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg is home to about 15,000 full-time residents and 28,000 students. A number of local issues drove up community interest in participatory government, and Blacksburg’s technologically savvy policy of open government kept everyone interested and talking -- online. Next they needed to get more voices heard in a common location. They tried a CivicIdeas survey and received a fantastic response: over 1000 respondents.
Most municipalities use Facebook and Twitter, but the collaboration on these platforms is practically non-existent. Although we all are aware that social media is extremely important in this digital age, government needs to put forth an effort specifically tailored to creating citizen engagement and collaboration. The Canadian town of Stratford is doing just that.
When citizen participation is limited to town halls and public meetings, it's easy to assess who the participants are - just scan the seating area and you'll probably see the few regular attendees. Now that citizen participation is moving online and beyond the usual suspects, a new kind of demographic survey is needed. We recently did an audit of our registered CivicIdeas users to get a better sense of the composition of participants. What we’ve learned is that a wider demographic spread is actively participating in online community engagement. The sampling below was collected from over 5,000 registered CivicIdeas users.
Yesterday, from my hotel room in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, I took an opportunity to give an online presentation on The Future of Digital Government, using only mobile devices, to several hundred local government employees from across all of North America. Most people were there to learn about bringing civic engagement online, or governing from the iPad with an agenda app. We delivered on that, and more.
During yesterday’s launch webinar, I presented the positive effect of putting public feedback at the fingertips of government staff and elected officials with our new version of iLegislate. Based on the quantity and quality of the questions that were asked, it seems government innovators are eager to make mobility and community engagement work together.