Category: Participation

Hard Working Gal

Linked In! The contemporary temple of professional image making. People from all age groups around the globe, spend hours inputing information and credentials they did not even remember they had. While the main goal is to get employed, the process of creating a “ranger-profile” is all about becoming the Irresistible You! Continue reading

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Traditional media: obsolete or compulsory for citizen participation?

Active Voice an organization based in San Francisco leveraging social change by the creative use of film to effectively communicate stories about commonly encountered social problems like racism, environmental issues, or health. This organization mainly embodies the horizontal participation facets, individual, community and cultural, and currently very little digital participation. The organization has online portals that mainly share content but allow limited interaction at the moment. Continue reading

E-governace & Loyalty Schemes

Votizen is a political advocacy site, solely dependent on viral, digital and technological participation, that started out in 2010 at the west coast, in Mountain View, California. The three founders, Dave Binetti, Jason Putorti and Matt Snider aspired to create an online network of citizens – votizens – to take collective action and influence election results using social media. When votizens log on to the platform using their Facebook or Twitter Account, they can see which people in their network support the same political candidate and take the responsibility to prompt these voters to turn in their ballot. Continue reading

Facilitating citizen engagement to improve governance

Code for America is an initiative that was established as a “new non-profit” organization that is a perfect representation of technological participation, where few web developers and technology experts are creating platforms to empower the community. Beyond technological participation, this initiative embodies all participation forms highlighting certain aspects at a time depending on the project. Continue reading

The Boston Marathon Aftermath

April 15th, 2013. What a day? Last year I was standing exactly where the first bomb exploded waiting for my friends to cross the finish line. What a world? Who would think that festive Boston would turn into a crime scene in fragments of a second.

On Patriots Day, late afternoon, a tweet interrupted the Sandbox Summit at MIT. A participant raised his hand to break the news about the explosions nearby the marathon finish line, and instantly everyone was on their smart phones, tablets and laptops checking the updates. Everyone knew someone that could be a potential victim, and everyone who knew us in that room thought we might be hurt. In view of the tragic events, everyone was hungry for information. Continue reading