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MindMixer.com - Another idea rating system

MindMixer.com is a new web app + service designed to act as a "virtual town-hall" for municipal engagement. It includes idea rating, commenting, voting and a user score system designed to reward frequent contributors. Its a US base company marketing the tool specifically to community leaders and elected officials. Seem like a cool tool, although I'd assume like any open invitation approach (including traditional town halls), the prioritization of ideas is open to manipulation through strategic online campaigning by large groups. Check out the intro video below.

 

Mind Mixer from protokulture on Vimeo.

BetterMeans.com: democratic governance model and web app

snapshot of Bettermeans.com BetterMeans.com has recently released a web based "open and democratic project management tool", and it looks very promising.  Along with basic tools like a wiki, discussion boards and document storage, it has array of tools for collectively prioritizing tasks, estimatating work item complexity, reviewing work, allocating compensation, and voting on motions.  The entire system seems to be built around a set of values that enforce and promote transparency, accountability, cooperation, pragmatism, and distributed leadership.

I could imagine it working with open source developers, maybe some collaborative scientists, activist collectives, and dnew not-for-profits.  I look forward to seeing how this tool evolves, what kinds of groups use and what for.

Mutli-lingual Mailing List Software / Service

I'm on the Board of C2D2 and we needed a mailing list application that could provide for a full bi-lingual (French/English) e-newsletter blast. In my research I could not find any hosted mailing list services that advertise support for multi-lingual email marketing. That said, I did find some acceptable solutions...

Public Participation Software and Technology - A recommended blog

Check out this excellent blog created by public involvement consultant Beth Offenbacker:

http://p2tools.blogspot.com

She has particularly useful articles about contemporary technologies for enhancing public engagement. It's a new blog and hopefully she will continue to post.

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