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1 Building the Commons A collection of slides from a seminar presentation By Steven Clift (Board Chair, E-Democracy, Copyright 2003

2 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Building the Commons Build the Citizen Commons Online –Related terms: Agora, The Forum, Town Square, Town Hall Meeting, Public Sphere, Public Space Goals –Create an online center of real community life online where views on local issues can be publicly exchanged. –Create the ability for new ideas and information to enrich local life and decision-making. –Connect the Commons to online consultations, communities of practice techniques, social software, etc… How? –Succeed with active citizens first. Open to all, but most citizens will remain skeptical until results are demonstrated –Build on the two-way nature of the Internet –Convenience - use -based group publishing at its core Why? –Informs, educates, and activates –Expand diversity of dialogue, counter media fragmentation

3 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Building the Commons Where does the Commons exist today? –Neighborhoods everywhere, under the radar Adams-Morgan, Washington, DC Cleveland Park, Washington, DC –Cities, city-wide e-lists are very rare, very special Minneapolis, St. Paul, Winona, Minnesota Arlington, Massachusetts Knoxville, Tennessee Tripoli, Lebanon –State, National, Global Minnesota Politics Discuss e-thepeople.org – News talk, events (web)e-thepeople.org UK OpenDemocracy.Net – Articles and discussion (web)OpenDemocracy.Net Many regional media sites, but many have closed –Hey! We need a global directory of _local_ forums

4 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Building the Commons No, not like Hyde Park –Not one to few –The Commons seeks to connect many-to-many through dialogue not ranting and flaming –Other online places, such as newsgroups provide an online Hyde Park –Even the pigeons look disengaged

5 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Building the Commons Minnesota E-Democracye-democracy.org Since 1994, almost a decade of success!e-democracy.org

6 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Building the Commons Online Civic Communication Model Commons Group communication remains highly private via without commons Commons serves as public group communication organizer, multiplier, and amplifier; leaks back into private communication vs.

7 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Building the Commons The Commons Close-up Mayors Office Secondary Networks City Department Personal Networks Local Media Political Activist Reporter Citizen #1 City Staff Citizen #2 Candidate Researcher Council Member Neighborhood Leader Student List Manager Citizen #500 Crazy Person Cit ize ns Issues Forum group server sends posts direct to people and web archive Send- Receive Public Sphere You subscribe once Commitment made May post via Everyone is a citizen!

8 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Building the Commons Online Civic Communication Model Commons One-way content, semi-public online advocacy without the commons Commons diffusion, viable two-way options tied to online advocacy and one-way content vs.

9 Citizen Commons Online Online Consultation Online Civic Events Housing Parks Recycling Graffiti Childcare Communities of Practice for Policy Implementation Etc. The big picture someday? …

10 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Related Resources E-Democracy Research Links –http://www.e-democracy.org/researchhttp://www.e-democracy.org/research Includes great academic articles and more. Start an Online Commons (9 tips) –http://www.e-democracy.org/do/commons.htmlhttp://www.e-democracy.org/do/commons.html A Wired Agora (the Minneapolis story) –http://www.publicus.net/present/agora.htmlhttp://www.publicus.net/present/agora.html E-Democracy Thrives in Winona –http://onlinedemocracy.winona.org/startup.htmlhttp://onlinedemocracy.winona.org/startup.html StarTribune: Minneapolis forum has become a force in city politics –http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/ htmlhttp://www.startribune.com/stories/462/ html E-Democracy Training –http://www.e-democracy.org/center/training.htmlhttp://www.e-democracy.org/center/training.html

11 Building the Commons Copyright 2003, Steven Clift, Publicus.Net Further Information Democracies Online Newswire Over 2500 people around the world exchanging announcements, news, and articles related to e-democracy, e-government, and e-politics. E-Democracy Resources Flyer Links to the top e-democracy starting points on a two page flyer available in HTML, Word, and PDF. Publicus.Net More articles and presentations by Steven Clift


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