Civinomicon Recap Video, Coverage in the Huffington Post, Report on Digital Activism and more from Civinomics

1. Civinomicon Recap Video: A Weekend Well Spent!

Civinomicon 2013 was a civic event unlike any other. A true experiment in digital governance, all of the Civinomicon workshops, initiatives, and keynote addresses were posted online so that any community member, whether they were at the event or not, could have the opportunity to participate. This is important because the civic process is inherently a human process. People need to interact with each other on a meaningful level in person and online. The ideas being considered and the action being taken has to feel real. So for those of you who couldn’t attend, we made an additional video to recap the event, with a specific focus on what some of our participants had to say about their experience. Click below to hear their Civinomicon story.

2. Vote, Vote, Vote!

It has been a full week since Civinomicon ended, but the voting process has just begun. During the event, 18 different community initiatives were proposed and are now online for voting and comments. Many of you have voted, but many of you also haven’t. Our goal is to get at least 100 votes on the top initiatives. So please, take a moment to review the ideas that your fellow community members spent their weekend creating and help us to imagine the future of Santa Cruz. 
Listed below are just a few of the Civinomicon initiatives, you can see and vote on them all here.

But don’t just stop there. Take that additional step and share these initiatives with your friends, family, and neighbors. The more votes the better, and the more people who get exposed to these proposals the better they will be. Yes, it may sound cheesy, but every vote really does matter. To see a video of all of the Civinomicon initiative proposals click below.

3. Civinomics in the News: Huffington Post, Good Times and More!

Since the Con, we have received a tremendous outpouring of support and coverage in many local publications, as well as some in the not so local media. If you haven’t read it yet, Joel Hersch’s article in the Good Times covering Civinomicon is hands down one of the best articles about Civinomics our team has ever read. It is obvious to us that Joel really gets what we are trying to do, healthy skepticism included. Read his article here.
On a different note, we were also surprised to see that the Huffington Post had picked up on one of the Civinomicon initiatives, Mayor Hilary Bryant’s CEO Surf Challenge. They even included our branded video in the story. To read the article and watch our video of Hilary’s presentation click here. After the story broke, Mayor Bryant then hit the airwaves and gave an interview on the local Santa Cruz radio station KSCO, which you can listen to here.

4. New Features and Bug Fixes

Civinomicon was a great exercise of the Civinomics platform, and while we are pleased overall with how it performed, a number of bugs and issues were identified. The development team has been working on fixing the bugs and improving the other issues identified from the weekend's pounding.
Moving forward from there, the team is working on expanding the functionality of the new Initiatives feature to include milestones and updates so folks can track the progress of Initiatives. 
And, based on the great feedback from Fred Keeley, Zach Friend, Hilary Bryant and other elected officials who attended Civinomicon and are active members of the platform, the team has also started working on improved reports, graphs and stats for Workshops and Initiatives.

As always, if you have any ideas for improving Civinomics, please let us know in the How Can We Improve Civinomics workshop.

4. Updates from the Gov 2.0 Space: University of Washington Study on Digital Activism

One of the most interesting developments in Gov 2.0 space has been the University of Washington’s Digital Activism Research Project, or DARP, whose aim is to create and maintain the world's first database of verified case studies where digital technology has been used to enact political or civic change. After looking at just under 2,000 cases over a 20 year period, with a specific focus on the last 2 years, DARP released it’s first report on what makes digital activism effective. Click here to see the press release and a link to the full report. 
One of the major takeaways, and one that is particularly validating of the Civinomics model, is the importance of using digital technology in tandem with traditional community organizing tactics. Additionally, the most effective cases in successful digital activism have been targeted at enacting change at the governmental level. Digital activism levied at corporations and other business organizations has been less effective at garnering results. 
Follow them on twitter to get regular updates and other insights at @ActivelyDigital

The Civinomics Team