Uniting the identity and citizen engagement software communities
Creating sustainable online constituent identity solutions that serve the needs of citizens, advocacy groups, and elected representatives.
All in one day? It’s not possible! It’s too much!!
You may be right.
HOWEVER! There are already nascent solutions out there, and the real challenge lies more with developing viable business and adoption models than it does with creating new technology — and we can certainly make significant progress on those issues in a day.
In addition, we’ll be using highly focused and collaborative techniques along with all the power of computer technology to get the most out of the day.
(Plan to bring your laptop!)
and a cornerstone of online civic engagement will be set.
Who’s running this?
The Open Forum Foundation is a DC based, non-partisan, technology agnostic, non-profit organization that focuses on the intersection of technology and citizen engagement. We bring people together to solve simple problems in the space and make noticeable progress on the tougher ones. We do this in a number of different ways, the most pertinent of which are:
- the administration of the Open Model for Citizen Engagement, a new association for developers and vendors of citizen engagement software.
- hosting workshops to advance technology and its effective use for improving citizen engagement, including:
- CongressCamp, which united Hill staff with social media experts
- the Workshop: Creating GREAT Citizen Engagement, which resulted in the creation of the Open Model for Citizen Engagement
- the Oct 13 OpenGov Community Summit at NASA, a cross-agency event to discuss implementation of the Open Government Directive
- the upcoming Tech@State Civil Society 2.0 unconference, part of a State Department effort to engage the technology community in supporting global civil society.
Our Executive Director, Wayne Moses Burke will lead the workshop.
Should I Attend?
If you’re committed to making progress on this issue and self-identify as any of the following, you should definitely attend.Your nation needs you!
- Online identity provider, solution provider, or relying party
- with an identity solution for the political sphere
- OR the desire to create an identity solution for the political sphere
- OR you’re just fascinated with jurisdictional trust frameworks.
- Developer, vendor, or manager of citizen engagement software* and
- have an interest in the evolution of online civic engagement
- see the advantages of verifying constituents online, including:
- empowering the voices of advocacy groups and
- enabling elected officials to focus on the needs of their constituents
- have a business interest in helping to establish this technology.
- Passionate about online identity and citizen engagement as a citizen, advocacy group, or elected representative.
* Citizen engagement software includes any software that is intended for use by elected officials, advocacy groups, or citizens to enable better political communication.
When and Where?
November 12, 2010 8am – 6pm
Specific location coming soon.
Why are you doing this?We have seen the future,
and the future is knowing
who we are online.
The growth and adoption of online civic engagement has created the need for a reliable means of online constituent identity. While this has not yet reached a point of crisis, the volume of communication and the number of channels through which it may flow continues to grow. A well-developed solution stands to empower the voices of citizens, enable representatives to better understand and communicate with their constituents, and lay a foundation for better citizen engagement software in the future.
At the Workshop: Creating GREAT Citizen Engagement Software, a repeating point of discussion for the future of online citizen engagement was the need for a means of verifying online constituent identity. This workshop is the next step in resolving that issue.
To see what else we accomplished at that workshop, read the documents that were created there.
8:00am Registration Opens
8:30am Opening Session, Introductions
9:00am Technology exploration: What’s out there and what’s possible today?
10:00am Sustainability Models: Who pays and what’s it worth?
11:00am Adoption Models: Who cares and why would they participate?
12:00pm Lunch is served; afternoon agenda setting
1:00pm Breakout Session 1
2:00pm Breakout Session 2
3:00pm Breakout Session 3
5:00pm Happy Hour