Digitial Citizens: How Feedback Loops can improve governance on everything from potholes to voting

A Twitter #SocEntChat and Google Hangout with Tiago Pexoto and Steven Clift, moderated by Stephen Davenport, this Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 10:30-1pm EST.

Citizens are increasingly using digital platforms to push government to be more effective and efficient. How does this change the roles of both citizens and government? What are the characteristics of the most effective platforms in providing pathways for citizen feedback? This social media event  brings together pioneers in supporting digital citizens for a fast-paced and engaging discussion around these questions and more.

We are continuing our social media conversation with a Twitter #SocEntChat this Wednesday, February 19, 2013 from 10:30-12pm EST. Here you will be able to learn more about feedback loops, their saliency in your work and varying sectors; as well as information about our ongoing competition.

This will be followed by a live-feed discussion on Google+ Hangout from 12-1pm EST, with special guest panelists and moderator, who will engage in an in-depth conversation regarding feedback loops’ social impact.

Confirm your participation and join the conversation clicking here. More information about how to join at the end of the post.

Guests & Moderator

Guest: Steven Clift (@democracy) is an Ashoka Fellow, and founded in 1994 – the world’s first election information website. His “government by day, citizen by night” insights were built as leader of the State of Minnesota’s first e-government initiative. He spoke across 30 countries for over a decade from Estonia to Libya to Mongolia on open government and civic participation to support non-partisan, volunteer-powered efforts for inclusive online local democracy. Today he is E-Democracy’s Executive Director and leads a dedicated team with the effort to connect all neighbors online (and off) in public life across race and ethnicity, generations, immigrant and native-born, and more. In 2013, Clift was honored as a White House Champion of Change for Open Government.

Guest: Tiago Peixoto (@participatory): having worked for 10 years as a practitioner and researcher in the field of ICT and participatory governance, Tiago is currently an open government specialist at the ICT4Gov program of WBI’s Open Government cluster. Prior to joining the World Bank, Tiago has managed projects and worked as an advisor and consultant for various organizations in the field of participation and technology, such as the European Commission, OECD, the United Nations, and the Brazilian and UK governments. He is also research coordinator of the Electronic Democracy Centre, a joint venture of the European University Institute, the University of Zurich and the Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford.

Moderator: Stephen Davenport is a member of the World Bank’s Open Government Practice with a focus on Citizen Engagement. With over 15 years of experience in technology and development, he has co-founded innovations such as Feedback Labs, the OpenGov Hub, and As an expert in aid management and information transparency, Stephen has been at the forefront of the latest in cutting edge ICT4D innovations. His efforts have also led to contributions to international data standards such as the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI).

Join the conversation

Twitter Chats (#SocEntChats) are real-time Twitter-based discussion about social entrepreneurship, focused on specific issues, themes, and events. They are designed to provide a forum for current and aspiring social entrepreneurs, funders, media, and supporters to share their ideas, discuss the state of the field, identify the latest innovations, and pinpoint areas that require deeper exploration.

To join the conversation, log-in to your Twitter account a little before 10:30am EST on February 19th, 2014 and follow the steps.

The #SocEntChat will be followed by a live Google+ Hangout, a social media platform which allows live-feed video of a conversation over the web. Just head to our event homepage at noon where the video will be broadcast, then submit questions or comments via Twitter to @changemakers or @feedbacklabs. We will collect these questions/comments to incorporate into the conversation in real-time.

Any questions that weren’t answered during the Twitter chat can be submitted via Twitter to @changemakers or @feedbacklabs to be considered for the Hangout.

Please feel free to share this event with others and looking forward to your participation!