Can we move the future closer?

The Open Model for Citizen Engagement is a community of individuals passionate about ensuring that every citizen has a voice in policymaking. But wait! There’s more: the core of this community is made up of the developers and vendors that make and sell the technology that drives communication between citizens and elected officials today. [Members]

The gist

Currently, there are all sorts of problems with communication between citizens and their elected officials. When is the last time you received a meaningful response from someone you put in office? When’s the last time you even tried? Of course, there’s more to the story: it’s not all their fault!! Technology has made it possible for us to send them much more mail than they can handle (and to send it a dozen different ways – how confusing!).

What do we do?

Starting with this understanding, the founding members of the Open Model for Citizen Engagement are opening a conversation amongst their peers on what the future will look like, and how to bring it to fruition as soon as possible! And we want you to be part of developing that solution.

Let’s be honest, if everyone that is involved in the communication cycle isn’t part of developing the solution we’re going to miss something – and it may be something important!

Join us

Register on the site right here and we’ll help you get started. Not ready? Check out our documents or working groups to see what we’re doing. If you’re into improving citizen engagement, you’ve found a community.


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  • Wayne wrote a new blog post: Canceled! Tonight’s Open Forum   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    Due to unforeseen illness (is there any other kind?), I have to cancel tonight’s Open Forum at Bar Dupont.
    My sincere apologies for any inconvenience but I’m really not fit to leave the house.
    Wayne

  • Wayne wrote a new blog post: October Open Forum   2 years, 11 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Next Tuesday, we’re gathering for a fall Open Forum. If we’re lucky, we’ll get to sit outside and enjoy the nice weather! If you’re interested in communication with government, culture change, community engagement, or general open government implementation; join us for stimulating conversation in a relaxed atmosphere. That’s me in the picture, and you can [...]

  • James Rising became a registered member   4 years, 3 months ago ·   updated 3 years, 1 month ago · View

  • Adrian Walker commented on the blog post Moved: June Open Forum   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    Not sure if I’ll be able to attend, but the following may be of interest for the Open Forum meeting. Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn …. What’s next? Maybe — Executable English — Social Media that gathers Knowledge, uses it to Compute over Databases and Explains the Results. You can Google “Executable English” to find this, or [...]

  • Wayne wrote a new blog post: Moved: June Open Forum   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    Hey all! We’re going to combine the June Open Forum with the happy hour for the OpenGovDC Conference . This is a cool one day event here in DC focused on Open Source Tools for Open Government (at which I’m moderating the Collaborative Code panel). Afterwards, they’re having a groovy happy hour at Hill Country BBQ (410 7th [...]

  • Adrian Walker commented on the blog post June Open Forum   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    Wish I could join you at Dupont.

    The following may be of interest — Executable English — Social Media that Computes over Data and Explains the Results.

    You can Google “Executable English” to find this, or go directly to http://www.reengineeringllc.com .

    Shared use is free, and there are no advertisements.

  • Wayne wrote a new blog post: June Open Forum   3 years, 3 months ago · View

    Thumbnail It’s hot here in the capital city, but if you’re in town come to Bar Dupont and engage yourself in some serious discussion about interesting topics relevant to citizen engagement, government, technology, and whatever else catches your fancy. We’ll be there on Tuesday, June 14 from 5:30 – 7:30. Here’s the deets: When: 10 May 2011, [...]

  • fionaAdministrator became a registered member   3 years, 4 months ago · View

  • Adrian Walker commented on the blog post May Open Forum – the future is Groovy!   3 years, 4 months ago · View

    Social Media for Knowledge Capture and Question Answering in Executable English over Databases is here. It could become the next big thing after Twitter and Facebook. And, it’s free. Imagine government and other web sites answering an open ended collection of English questions, and also explaining the answers in English. Imagine government folks and citizens [...]

  • Wayne wrote a new blog post: May Open Forum – the future is Groovy!   3 years, 4 months ago · View

    Thumbnail Come on out and catch up with the cool citizen-engagement cats. To judge by the Open Forum Foundation, there’s a lot going out there and the future is looking brighter every day! We gather every second Tuesday of the month — look for Wayne and check in on @wmburke‘s Twitter stream if you don’t see us [...]

  • Adriano Amaral became a registered member   3 years, 4 months ago · View

  • odelip became a registered member   3 years, 6 months ago · View

  • Wayne wrote a new blog post: Mapping and March Open Forum   3 years, 6 months ago · View

    Just a quick note to let you know about two exciting things that are going on: Mapping Political Communication Ever wondered how laws are actually made? Yeah, us too. That’s why we’ve created a rough draft of all the data that will be required to build a map of how citizens, representatives, advocacy groups, lobbyists, and [...]

  • Lucas Cioffi posted on the forum topic Rough Draft of the Data in the group AvatarMap Working Group:   3 years, 6 months ago · View

    I think this will be a sound method because it allows many people to add ideas and to comment on those ideas. There certainly is a tremendous amount of information.

    I modified the structure a bit for the sake of people who will be seeing it for the first time.

  • Wayne started the forum topic Rough Draft of the Data in the group AvatarMap Working Group:   3 years, 6 months ago · View

    We’ve completed a rough draft of the data that’s required to create a REAL map of how political communication works, including everyone from citizens to Congressional Representatives, and all the other actors that are engaged along the way. This week, we’re starting to ask for public input by releasing it one actor at a time. [...]

  • Wayne wrote a new blog post: Reminder: Open Forum tonight   3 years, 7 months ago · View

    ThumbnailJust a quick reminder about all the cool conversations that will be happening tonight at Bar Dupont between 5:30 and 7:30. If you’re in DC and interested in citizen engagement, you really should be there!

    http://om4ce.org/events/february-open-forum/

    Look for the hat – that’s us.

  • Barb Flanagan joined the group AvatarOnline Constituent Identity Working Group   3 years, 7 months ago · View

  • Barb Flanagan became a registered member   3 years, 7 months ago · View

  • Mike Kondratick joined the group AvatarOnline Constituent Identity Working Group   3 years, 8 months ago · View

  • Joshua Billigmeier joined the group AvatarOnline Constituent Identity Working Group   3 years, 8 months ago · View

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