Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The We the People Wiki: that ain't working that's the way you do it

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This is a perfect example of using MediaWiki to engage citizens: We the People Wiki

We the People began with the live data feeds provided by the D.C. Government and its Office of the Chief Technology Officer. But We the People will grow based on contributions and collaboration by everyone who cares about Washington, D.C. Together, we can make We the People a living reference and a new form of citizen participation in D.C. democracy.

We've entered an era where distributed cognition, and socially constructed knowledge rule the day. This is exactly the sort of participatory use of technology that people are demanding. If you're in the knowledge business you really have no choice but to invite the people to the table.

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