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  • With CitizenSpigit:

    * Let Government Employees and Citizens Be Heard
    * Facilitate Citizen/Government Collaboration
    * Promote Government Transparency Initiatives
    * Maintain a State-Wide, National or International Conversation
    * Leverage Technology for Collaboration
    * Experience Real-time Results
    * Automate the Idea Management Process

    CitizenSpigit is more than a simple electronic suggestion box — our software empowers citizens to collaborate around a topic of interest to surface innovative and actionable ideas. Crowd sourcing allows government entities to receive suggestions, field questions and facilitate communication with the public, helping government make more informed civic decisions. eGovernment entities have the option of launching an internal or external community, depending on their goals.

  • "Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that's creativity." – Charles Mingus.
  • Little is known about how governments learn best or what exactly makes them change their behavior in a targeted way. When governments perform poorly, the consequences are wasted resources; undelivered services; and denial of social, legal, and economic protection for citizens, especially the poor. Thus, it is important that governments learn from past practices to avoid mistakes and to adopt successful practices from others, and that they continuously acquire new knowledge to make them more efficient and relevant. Because the process of learning in governmental settings is considered hard to execute and conceptualize, it is referred to as a "black box." The Black Box of Governmental Learning suggests several practical and methodological steps and introduces the model of the Learning Spiral to facilitate such learning.
  • Dave Winer wrote "Once the blogosphere had grown sufficiently that the central role scripting.com played was largely forgotten, I brought comments back. I've been mostly satisfied with them, but certain subjects evoke predictable and futile "arguments" in response and unless moderation is applied, they will spiral into a flamy back and forth that you can find in any of thousands of different places in the blogosphere. So I moderate according to a few basic guidelines. Permanent link to this item in the archive.

    1. Keep your responses focused on the piece you're responding to.

    2. No ad hominem attacks."

    more as guidelines for moderating

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  • We all know how much writer's block stinks. You want to produce original, quality content for your devoted readers but you're all out of ideas. Skribit helps you get suggestions for blog posts from your readers and the Skribit community.

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