South by Southwest (“South by” if you’ve ever attended or SXSW when you type it) began in 1987 in Austin as a Music Conference and Festival attended by 700 people. Since then, it has grown to over 12,000 registrants and now includes a film and interactive component that draws 17,000 participants. (History of SXSW)
For the last two years, I have been one of those who jumped into the fray of the interactive sessions and this year I’m working on the front end to encourage and promote sessions that look at online deliberation, community engagement, technology and democracy, and open government. Fortunately, Tim Bonnemann, Founder and CEO of Intellitics is making that job easier for me by identifying the sessions that look appropriate for the Texas Forums network.
Since SXSW is a very democratic experience, 30% of the decision about what sessions are offered is influenced by the votes and comments using the SXSW panel picker. You can check out the Interactive Sessions and vote here, or just follow Tim’s advice below!
The SXSW 2010 “panel picker” launched yesterday. You can vote for my panel proposal here (requires login):
14 Ways to Make Online Citizen Participation Work
Using the web to engage citizens in public decision making is becoming increasingly
popular. However, most online tools are not equipped to support the right processes.
This panel of public participation experts will share 14 tips how you can get results
despite these shortcomings and still make your citizens happy!
And while you’re at it, here are a few potentially related sessions that caught my eye so far:
Community Consensus (Not!) and Online Democracy’s Loose Ends
Get Naked: Online Citizen Deliberative Dialogue
Crowdsourcing Urban Renewal: Designing for Technologically Mediated Change
Taking the Friction out of Civic Engagement With Open Government & API’s