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Laura Sommer August 17, 2006

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Laura Sommer (on the left in the photo — click to enlarge) is a Senior Advisor with the E-government Strategy & Policy team of the State Services Commission in New Zealand.

Also in the photo: Carol Hayward, (center) who works in local e-democracy and online consultation for the Bristol City Council, UK. On the right, Kátai Szabolcs with the Central European Business Centre in Budapest.

Laura recently posted this introduction to Steve Clift’s DoWire group on Online Consultations, Dialogues, and E-Participation.

And she just attached a comment with some feedback to a blog post Dylan wrote while in Budapest.

A note of appreciation from a wintery New Zealand to Dylan and his team for the ICELE symposium at Budapest.

I really enjoyed the opportunity to meet with e-participation specialists from the different countries. I have been working on the New Zealand e-government participation project for some time and have watched the UK Local e-Democracy project with interest. While I can continue to use the Internet as an excellent source of information on this huge topic area, it is enormously helpful to have conversations with other people who are also working on e-participation and e-democracy.

I didn’t regard it as a blogging conference but more an opportunity for us to work as an international community to exchange knowledge, lessons learned and consider and debate ideas.

The ICELE weblog with podcasts, photos and posts has also been a useful communication tool that I can refer for my work colleagues and other New Zealand contacts.

Thank you for enabling this exchange to happen and I look forward to continuing contact as our respective interests in this area progress.

regards, Laura


Tom Dawkins joins the blogosphere August 10, 2006

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I took these photos of Tom Dawkins last week. (Click to enlarge.) He was one of presenters on the Innovative Ideas to Stir Citizens panel in Baltimore..

He’s the founder of Vibewire Youth Services in Australia and, according to this post on Steve Clift’s Dowire.org blog, this month he’s:

“… travelling around North America during August as part of a research trip to learn more about work being done around … digital/indie/youth media; online community; youth spaces (as in physical spaces, not virtual – specifically those designed to engender creative expression and/or enterprise development); digital arts/creativity; youth and citizenship; e-democracy.”

I just got an email from a UK colleague who I met in Budapest, Alice Chicken at 21Consultancy, alerting me to the fact that Tom just launched a weblog called tomd’s blog. In his initial post on Monday, he writes:

I’ve wanted to start a blog to give people, Vibewire.net members especially obviously, an insight into some of the background to Vibewire and our projects, a taste of some of the ideas floating around or projects which haven’t officially launched yet, more of a sense of the people behind the site and the Vibewire organisation and an opportunity for dialogue and feedback.

… in Baltimore last Thursday August 3, the day after I wearily arrived in the US. One of the sessions I went to was on ‘Leadership blogging’ (as opposed to perblogs, news blogs, opinion blogs, etc) by which he meant blogs kept by people in a leadership role (CEO, elected reprentatives, etc) which allow them to bring people into the decision-making process, to record a record of their thoughts, think through issues and so on. It all sounded exactly like what I’d been contemplated so I vowed to myself that at the next opportunity I really would start one this time.

Welcome to the blogosphere, Tom.

Baltimore dinner, Symposium thank yous August 8, 2006

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Symposium Director Dylan Jeffrey spoke at the end-of-day dinner and handed out small gifts of appreciation to those colleagues who helped work on the Symposium.

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Favorite shots of Baltimore August 7, 2006

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I’ve completed posting all the audio from the morning sessions at Baltimore. I’ll starting working on the afternoon sessions tomorrow.

Before I departed Baltimore, I snapped some photos of the inner harbor, just a block from our hotel. Just like my favorite shots of Budapest, here are my favorites from Baltimore. Click photos to enlarge.

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Wondering about the costumes worn by the people by the pool and fountain in the last photo? They’re attendees from the annual Otakon convention, which includes a costume contest. According to the Wikipedi entry, “Otakon is a fan convention focusing on the art of anime and manga, East Asian culture, and its fandom.”

Councillor Antonia Blance blogs on Leadership Blogging August 5, 2006

Posted by Griff Wigley in Budapest symposium, People.
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Antonia Bance is a blogger and a Labour councillor for Rose Hill and Iffley ward in Oxford, UK. She was an attendee in Budapest last week (far right in left photo; far left in right photo – click to enlarge).

When she returned home, she posted a note to her weblog detailing her reactions to my session on Leadership Blogging.

Budapest attendee Ben Rogers, DMYP, starts a blog August 4, 2006

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I got notified via WordPress pingback that someone had linked to this ICELE blog. I checked and saw a blog post by Budapest attendee Ben Rogers titled I have Started to blog because… in which he wrote:

I have started blogging because i was sent to budapest by the British Government in order to learn all about e-Participation, Social Inclusion, Democratic Engagement. After a talk about the power of blogging and how to do it… i am now joining the ranks as it were!!!

Ben plans to use his weblog to chronicle his year as a Deputy Member of Youth Parliament (DMYP) in the UK. (See more about Ben on this 2006 MYP Profile page about him.)

I noticed that I didn’t have a good photo of Ben from the conference, other than one of him taking a photo which I cropped from the group shot on the left. (Click photos to enlarge). So I emailed him and asked for another photo and he sent me the one on the right, along with an email reply that included this:

I have set up the weblog and will build on it very shortly — but have been busy and i’m off on Holiday tomorrow (only in the UK) so will really get it going when i get back!

Thanks once again for e-mailing- it is so nice to keep in contact with different people from all over the world- so many times i have come back from places and everyone goes quiet! And this is what the Internet is all about keeping in contact and making a difference.

Ben Rogers DMYP
Lichfield & Chase constituency
UK Youth Parliament

Welcome to the civic blogosphere, Ben.

Baltimore diners August 3, 2006

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A few photos of diners from tonight’s post-Symposium dinner. Click photos to enlarge.

If you can identify all the people in a photo, attach a comment with names and organizational affiliation with a web address, if possible. Include the identifying letter of the alphabet. I’d appreciate it!

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News faces, new questions at the Baltimore Symposium August 3, 2006

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These are some of the people who attended today’s Symposium who were not in Budapest last week. They were among the many asking questions of the speakers and panelists. Click any photo to enlarge.

If you see yourself or know who these people are (I do know some but I’d appreciate the help!), attach a comment with their/your name and organizational affiliation with a web address, if possible. Include the identifying letter of the alphabet.

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Budapest: questions from the audience July 31, 2006

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Presenters at many sessions took questions. Here’s a random sampling of photos of audience members who spoke up. (Click photos to enlarge.)

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Budapest closing photo July 28, 2006

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During his closing remarks, Dylan put up a slideshow of the 100+ photos I took during the socializing parts of this week’s Budapest Symposium. He chose to end with this one (click to enlarge) so likewise, I’m putting it up here.

I plan to add more audio clips and photos of various symposium presenters over the next few days. But I plan to do a little more sightseeing here in Budapest before I depart for Minnesota tomorrow morning.

Next: The Baltimore Symposium next week.

Team ICELE July 28, 2006

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These ICELE people have been seen occasionally at the Budapest symposium this week… and you’re likely to keep hearing and seeing them in the weeks and months to come. Click photos to enlarge.

L to R: Fraser Henderson, Operations Director; Rita Wilson, Interim CEO; Dylan Jeffrey, Board Member and Bellringer; Mathew Ellis, Board Chair; Julia Glidden, Board Member; Andrew Pinder, Board President; Mary Reid, Board Member, Lawrence Pratchett, Board Member.

Etienne Chouard, citizen blogger extraordinaire July 27, 2006

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At tonight’s reception, I had the honor of meeting Etienne Chouard (left – click photo to enlarge), a French citizen who has a very influential, anti-EU Constitution referendum weblog. See this BBC News article from last year for some background: Bloggers take on European elites.

I couldn’t attend his panel session today (“One Man, One Blog, One Constitutional Crisis”) because I had my afternoon presentation at the same time. But he attended my morning session and told me that, unlike most everyone else at the conference, he could understand my English. Another plus for How to Talk Minnesotan.

Griff: “So, Etienne, do you think a lotta guys could learn to blog like you, then?”
Etienne: “You betcha.”

Video clips: Hungarian music and dancing July 27, 2006

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From tonight’s reception, 3 video clips of Hungarian music and dancing and a 4th of the audience in a line dance.

24 seconds.

28 seconds.

40 seconds.

52 seconds.

Thursday night reception photos July 27, 2006

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I’ve added five dozen photos from tonight’s reception to the ICELE Budapest photo set.

Vote for the happiest-looking group July 26, 2006

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Which of these groups of people at tonight’s Symposium wine reception looks the happiest to you? (Click to enlarge.) Attach a comment with your vote and include their names if you know who they are.

The group with the most votes after a week gets their very own blog entry, with names included. Yes, this is partially a ploy to give you experience in attaching comments to a blog entry. But do it anyway!