New Democracy 2.0 tool launched and Meet Up Group started in Toronto

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, Ontario, May 15, 2012 – CitizenBridge.org (www.citizenbridge.org), a not-for-profit civic engagement organization, today announced the launch of their Democracy 2.0 tool allowing constituents and their elected representatives to be part of an open, transparent, and engaging conversation about the issues that impact their community.

Embracing the values of Gov 2.0, Open Government, Open Data, and Democracy 2.0, CitizenBridge.org is creating a collaborative environment where people and elected representatives can work alongside each other to solve problems.

With a clever design and intuitive interface, CitizenBridge invites Canadians to gain a better perspective on their elected representatives as well as the various Bills that are being discussed in the Canadian legislature.  Users also have the option to “follow” the elected representatives or Bills that matter to the and delve deeper into the nuances that form a Democracy.

Their goal is to eventually provide a one-stop-shop where the public will be able to view, understand, and engage with their three levels of representation – Federal, Provincial, and Municipal – providing Canadians a different way to be part of the process.

To celebrate the release of the beta site, CitizenBridge will be hosting an event on May 16th, at the Toronto City Hall Member’s Lounge to introduce Torontonians on Government 2.0 and the Open Government movement.

The purpose behind these movements is to make government much more transparent, engaging, and collaborative.  “Government, Data and Engagement: Introducing Gov 2.0 to Toronto” is the first event planned for the new GOV 2.0 Toronto Meet Up Group (http://bit.ly/zMwoPt), which aims to create an in-person dialogue to complement the online exchange taking place.

The event features two speakers who are well versed in the matters of government, technology and open data:

As the Research Manager at Samara Canada, we are pleased to have Wayne Chu discuss his findings on social media, engagement and technology. Harvey Low, fresh off his attendance to the Open Gov Partnership conference in Brasilia, Brazil, will speak on his experience at this watershed moment in democracy.

In the true spirit of social media and engagement, an interactive online Twitter Q&A will take place as the discussion is in session, with the use of the hashtag: #GOV20YYZ

You can learn more about CitizenBridge by visiting www.citizenbridge.org, visiting http://www.facebook.com/citizenbridge, or by contacting Richard Pietro at richard@citizenbridge.org

You can learn more about the Gov 2.0 Toronto event by going http://bit.ly/IpCcwr, visiting www.citizenbridge.org, joining the Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/citizenbridge, or contacting Anita Chauhan at anita@citizenbridge.org.

Details

Date:  May 16th, 2012
Time:  6:15pm to 9:00pm
Location:  Toronto City Hall (Member’s Lounge)
Registration Page: http://bit.ly/IpCcwr

“An evening on the Evolution of Democracy”

Learn how the growing Gov 2.0, Democracy 2.0, OpenData, and OpenGov movements will soon be making big waves in your community.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, Ontario, February 8, 2012 – CitizenBridge.org (www.citizenbridge.org) will be hosting an event as part of Social Media Week (www.socialmediaweek.org) on February 16 at Toronto City Hall to explore the depths and implications of how Gov 2.0, Democracy 2.0, OpenData and OpenGov will be changing the relationship between the Public and their elected Representatives.

The purpose behind these movements is to make government much more transparent, engaging, and collaborative. “An Evening on the Evolution of Democracy” is dedicated to investigate both the potential and drawbacks of these fascinating new developments.

One of the key elements of this investigation will be achieved through a roundtable discussion that will include the following stakeholders in the civic engagement community:

Councillor Josh Matlow – Toronto, Ward 22, St. Paul’s
Twitter: @joshmatlow

Rob Newman – Project Lead, BetterBallots.to & President of Sustainable Strategy Inc.
Twitter: @rob_newman

Melissa Tullio – Senior Advisor, Centre for Innovation and Workplace Culture
Twitter: @OPS_innovates

Richard Pietro – Co-Founder, CitizenBridge.org & Former Green Party Candidate
Twitter: @richardpietro

Issues such as the privacy of our personal information, the accountability of decisions made in a collaborative political environment, and perhaps most importantly, will these movements become the new status quo or are they simply a passing fad?

In the true spirit of social media and engagement, an interactive online Twitter Q&A will take place as the Roundtable is in session.

“Everyone has questions, but some questions seem to be more relevant than others when you put a large group of people together,” says Richard Pietro, Co-Founder of CitizenBridge and roundtable participant. “What better way than using Twitter to gauge what’s on the mind of the audience?”

This will be accomplished using a combination of the event Twitter hashtag (#SMWTOCB), re-tweets, and an online tool known as Twaterfall (www.twaterfall.com). Anita Chauhan (@anita_chauhan), Social Media lead for CitizenBridge, will be facilitating, moderating, and tactically interjecting whenever a question or critique reaches critical mass.

Following the roundtable will be the demo of CitizenBridge.org and its vision on how the public and elected Representatives will engage in the very near future. As part of this demo, CitizenBridge will also be fielding questions about the site and soliciting comments on how to make it even better.

“An Evening on the Evolution of Democracy” promises to be engaging and enlightening for all who attend.

You can learn more about the event by Facebook Page, or contacting Richard Pietro at richard@citizenbridge.org

Details
Date: February 16, 2012
Time: 5:30pm to 9pm
Location: Toronto City Hall (Member’s Lounge)
Registration: @richardpietro, or email at richard@citizenbridge.org