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by Wayne

October Open Forum

October 7, 2011 in Updates by Wayne

Hi!! I'm Wayne.

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 find me there every second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 – 7:30pm. If you don’t see us, check in on my Twitter stream or tweet me to ask where we’re hiding!

When: 10 October 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Where: Bar Dupont, DC [map]

by Wayne

Moved: June Open Forum

June 9, 2011 in Updates by Wayne

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 St NW DC). If you’re going to be around, please register and join us! It should be a very interesting crowd!

Hope you’re enjoying the heat!

by Wayne

June Open Forum

June 2, 2011 in Updates by Wayne

Hi!! I'm Wayne.

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, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Bar Dupont, DC [map]
More Info

And that’s me in the picture. If you can’t find me, just hit me up on Twitter @wmburke.

by Wayne

May Open Forum – the future is Groovy!

May 3, 2011 in Updates by Wayne

Hi!! I'm Wayne.

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 – we will be there!

When: 10 May 2011, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where: Bar Dupont, DC [map]

by Wayne

Mapping and March Open Forum

March 1, 2011 in Updates by Wayne

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 9 other actors in the political system communicate with, and influence one another. Here’s a tip: we’ve covered more than just facts, ideas, and opinions!

Because it’s so complex, we’re going release it in stages so you can analyze it and tell us what we missed!

If you’re interested, join the Map Working Group or just head on over to the Google Spreadsheet and share your thoughts. This week: How do citizens influence all the other actors in the system?

March Open Forum

That’s right, the second Tuesday in March is only a week away. Come on out to Bar Dupont from 5:30 – 7:30  on March 8, have a drink, meet some new friends, and enjoy the conversation. Together, we just make a difference.

Here’s all the details. I’ll see you there!


by Wayne

Reminder: Open Forum tonight

February 8, 2011 in Updates by Wayne

Fedora on umbrellaJust 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!


Look for the hat – that’s us.

by Wayne

Open Forum/Online Constituent Identity

January 25, 2011 in Updates by Wayne

Happy Hour? Open Forum.

Tuesday, Feb 8th, 5:30 – 7:30 at Bar Dupont, DC

“Happy hour” was not really an accurate description of what we’ve been doing at Bar Dupont every month. Sure, there’s drinking and networking and community building and all that, but the conversations have really been more in-depth than you’d get at your average happy hour. Consequently, I’m changing the moniker to one that is a little more appropriate. If you’re interested in the future of citizen engagement, you really should add this to your calendar:

February Open Forum

We’re meeting there every second Tuesday of the month.

Online Constituent Identity.

The Open Identity Exchange just awarded the Open Forum Foundation a grant to survey the citizen engagement and identity spaces and determine who is interested in solving this problem. If that’s you, join the Online Constituent Identity Working Group so you can be in the middle of all the action as it takes off.

Here’s the full info from the Open Forum site.

by Wayne

Happy Hour tonight.

January 11, 2011 in Updates by Wayne

Fedora on umbrellaHappy New Year, citizen engagement afficionados!

Brave what little snow drops today and join us at Bar Dupont for our monthly citizen engagement happy hour – it’s always chill with good conversation – and we can watch the snow drop on Dupont Circle.

Look for the hat!
5:30 – 7:30pm: click here for more details.

by Wayne

Happy Holidays/Hour

December 21, 2010 in Updates by Wayne

This is just to wish you all a very happy holidays as we roll through the festivities. We have a lot to be grateful for at the end of 2010 and 2011 looks even more exciting as technology continues to evolve and create opportunities for improved citizen engagement all over.

For those of you in DC, I hope to see you on January 11 at the regular happy hour.

Best and brightest!!

by Wayne

Your Input Needed

December 7, 2010 in Updates by Wayne

Best Practices

Are you working to improve communication and trust between citizens and elected representatives? Then your input is needed on this document.

At the Online Constituent Identity Workshop, we created a Best Practices guide that lays the foundation for an online constituent identity system. This system would enable multiple private companies to work independently within a structure that protects citizen’s privacy and enables Representatives to identify the constituency of incoming messages.

Please check it out and submit your comments:

Best Practices for Online Constituent Identity

(Hat Friendly) Happy HourFedora on umbrella

Moving forward, we’ll be doing happy hours every second Tuesday of the month. This means the next one is on 1/11/11 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at Bar Dupont here in DC. If you’re around, please stop by – the conversation is always good!

And yes, the topic of conversation is still citizen engagement, but since the bar gets kind of busy sometimes, I’ve been told people have missed us. Consequently: look for the hat.

More details