September Workshop - Using Online Forums to Engage with the PublicNew technologies are continuing to shape the way government and citizens interact. The first wave of new resources were the traditional forms of social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.). Now there are new platforms such as CivicIdeas and Peak Democracy that are allowing government organizations to solicit feedback about topics such as recycling, planning projects and the future of the region online.Termed as "online civic engagement" these new tools are allowing the public to provide their thoughts on projects or provide ideas to shape their communities. At this workshop you'll hear from local governments, the cities of Edina and Saint Paul and the Metropolitan Council, that have jumped into the realm of taking citizen comments on issues or soliciting ideas from the public using these new outlets. Hear from them about their experiences with these platforms, and receive tips and advice on getting the public engaged online.Thursday, September 19, 20138:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Check-In8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - WorkshopThis workshop is free for MAGC members; $10 for non-members. Non-members can purchase a membership now and attend this workshop at the member rate. Registrations are firm as of September 13. No shows and cancellations will be billed.
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