From: "Steven Clift" <email@example.com>
Date: Jun 24, 2013 7:53 AM
Subject: Re: [DW] Live Stream Monday - MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference - June 24-25 - #opengov News Challenge Winners Announcement
Starts at 9am Eastern today!
Here is their meaty framing text - what do you think???
(I plan to tweet from the audience @democracy that we need to focus on
raising new and less represented voices as a civic tech movement. New
insiders can't just be new squeaky wheels with more in common with existing
insiders than our diverse community reality today. The Pew study suggest we
have a looong way to go http://bit.ly/pewcivic http://bit.ly/digicivic )
Civic engagement is changing shape.
When paths to change run through YouTube and Facebook as well as through
state legislatures and Congress, outsiders find themselves insiders, and
Over the past few years the ways weve traditionally engaged in government
following the news, attending community meetings, writing to legislators,
voting for political candidates are being complemented by a new set of
tactics and practices such as online petitions, viral videos, civic
crowdfunding, and collective brainstorming.
If traditional forms of engagement focused on helping citizens understand
their (often narrow) role in governance, the new civics promises an active
role in raising attention, building communities, and proposing solutions.
This year's Civic Media Conference, featuring Open Government Foundation
co-founder Rep. Darrell Issa and more than 250 others will explore civic
participation through the lens of Insiders and Outsiders.
We're seeing governments and institutions open themselves to inputs from
people who see themselves as outside of political processes. And we're
watching individuals and activists increasingly use "insider" tactics to
build constituencies and wield influence.
What will civic participation look like when we're all insiders of some
communities and outsiders of others?
How do we work to address social problems and make governments more
responsive offline and online, from both inside and out?
Whether the promise of this new civics is real or mostly imagined, it's
sparking a debate about what public participation could be: rich and
engaging, creative and participatory, civil and constructive, and open to
We look forward to hearing your voice in that debate.
> FYI, they have a full-up affiliated pre-hackathon:
> And if you want to join me AND you are in Boston on Sunday, I have a
> conference room at the MIT Media Lab to chat with folks about
> inclusive civic tech, neighbors online, etc. from 2-4 pm:
> ... From Knight ...
> Join us virtually next week for the livestream of the 2013 MIT-Knight
> Civic Media Conference. Themed Insiders and Outsiders, the gathering
> will explore the changing nature of civic participation through the
> work of advocates both inside and outside government institutions.
> There, at 10:45 a.m. ET Monday morning, Knight Foundation will
> announce the winners of the Knight News Challenge: Open Gov, who will
> receive funding for their ideas to improve the way citizens and
> governments interact.
> The livestream, taking place Monday and Tuesday, will be available at
> knightfoundation.org/live, where you can also find a full schedule.
> Follow along on Twitter too via @knightfdn, #newschallenge and
> Steven Clift - http://stevenclift.com
> Executive Director - http://E-Democracy.org
> Twitter: http://twitter.com/democracy
> Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072
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