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Welcome to eDemocracyCamp2!

eDemocracyCamp is an unconference (what's this?) about e-democracy (using the internet and to support democratic processes) with a particular focus on e-participation (using the internet to support public participation). The goal is to connect government officials, researchers, developers, practitioners, and regular citizens for a day of intense collaboration and knowledge sharing.


Media and blog coverage: Who is talking about eDemocracyCamp?


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NEW! Schedule and Session Planning


Start adding your session ideas, what you want to talk or hear about.


For the latest schedule, go here:  http://edemocracycamp.org/?page_id=27


Event Summary and RSVP

  • When: Sunday, April 19 from 8am-5pm (that's the weekend immediately prior to Politics Online Conference '09, which will be held April 20-21 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC)
  • Where: George Washington University, The Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet (IPDI) and The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM)Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street, NW / Washington, DC 20052 (USA).
  • Happy Hour: is at McFadden's Restaurant-Saloon at 5pm, which is a few blocks away.
  • Metro access: Blue/Orange Line - Foggy Bottom Metro Stop
  • Size: 150+ attendees
  • Cost: Free to attend (thanks to our sponsors, see below)
  • RSVP on Eventbrite: http://edemocracy.eventbrite.com
    • Important (please read):  We're using Eventbrite this year to help us maintain one consolidated list of registered attendees, and we need your cooperation! Last year, we had a no-show rate of about 35 percent, which is too high if we want to avoid waste and spend our sponsor money wisely and efficiently. Please sign up on Eventbrite only if you are committed to attending the event. If you sign up and later find out you won't make it, please take your name off the list. There is no upper limit of attendees at this point, and we're pretty sure we'll be able to accommodate last-minute sign-ups. But for planning purposes, please help us keep this list as accurate as possible. Thank you!


Get involved


Stuff we might talk about...freelance writing opportunities

To give you a better idea of what eDemocracyCamp2 is all about, here's a list of topics that may be addressed (in no particular order). A lot of these terms overlap and there often isn't a clear-cut boundary with neighboring themes. Please add which angle you're coming from:

  • Use of online tools for public involvement, citizen participation or citizen engagement in government planning and decision making (e-participation)
  • E-participation (using technology -- especially the Internet -- to broaden and deepen political participation by helping citizens to connect with one another and with their elected representatives and governments)
  • Collaborative problem solving, consensus building and decision making
  • Online voting or e-voting
  • Online dialogue, deliberation and debate
  • Crowdsourcing of the policy making process
  • Online petitions or e-petitions
  • E-rulemaking
  • Online townhall meetings
  • Case studies (what has already worked, what didn't work?)
  • Tools, both commercial and open source (what's already out there, what's being worked on?)
  • Crowdstorming
  • Add your topic...


What happened last year?

To learn more about the 2008 event, go here: eDemocracyCamp


Please help make this event sharable!

There are many folks around the world interested in these topics who can't all attend in person. It would be very nice if all sessions could be recorded (audio, video, live stream) or otherwise documented or captured (wiki, blogs, Twitter etc.). Please indicate below if you can bring equipment or have experience in helping others make their sessions sharable. Thanks!


Schedule and Session Planning


Go here: eDemocracyCamp2Schedule



Category Task
Person In Charge
% Done
Initial Steps 
Set a date: Sunday, April 19, 2009 
Initial Steps Create a mailing list (eg on Google Groups) http://groups.google.com/group/edemocracycamp/ 
Initial Steps Set up Skype- use the Barcamp channel (someone who's already on it has to invite you) 
Initial Steps Set up Twitter account   100%
Initial Steps Set up IRC chat irc://irc.freenode.net/#edemcamp   100% 
Initial Steps Design logo   100%
Initial Steps Build team (organizers, volunteers)   100%
Secondary Steps Find a venue   100%
Secondary Steps Find sponsors Everyone 75%


Purchase breakfast and coordinate delivery    
Purchase lunch and coordinate delivery 
Supplies Get projectors (provided on-site)   100%
Supplies Get garbage pails and garbage bags (provided on-site)   100%
Supplies Get coffee maker and coffee supplies    
Supplies Get tape, scissors, nametags, markers    
Supplies Get a printer for emergency community use only Julie Germany 100%
Supplies Get large white paper and easels    
Communication Send out ongoing updates to attendees via Twitter    
Communications Send out ongoing updates to attendees via Email    
Volunteers ID volunteers needed: technology, content, logistics, etc    

Coordination for Happy Hour at 5pm

Location = McFaddens (directions)

Lucas Cioffi 100%
Outreach Connect with high profile edemocracy folks 
Send emails to Gov20Camp and TransparencyCamp lists Wayne Burke 100%
Outreach Post to GovLoop Michelle Lyons (and others)  
Check strength of wifi service onsite to see if we need to bring repeaters 
Create Session Leaders Guide 
Wayne Burke 66.7%
Find/Coordinate GWU Volunteers Michelle Lyons  
Planning Coordinate Session Introductions 
David James  
Planning Setup WordPress Site 
David James  
Planning Match donors with vendors 
Andrew Cohen  
Create Setup Checklist Andrew Cohen 100%


Potential attendees (a.k.a. Campers)

Sign up here if you are interested in attending (Important: RSVP is handled via Eventbrite). You can also share this event on Facebook and Upcoming.

  1. Lucas Cioffi, DeepDebate.Org, paper writing service
  2. Tim Bonnemann, Founder and CEO, Intellitics, Inc., @planspark@intellitics
  3. Wayne Moses Burke, Open Forum Foundation
  4. Susanna Haas Lyons, AmericaSpeaks
  5. Shannon Simmons, Center for Information Policy and E-Government, @ssimm1rg
  6. Shaun Dakin, The National Political Do Not Contact Registry, Follow Me On Twitter, Friend me on Facebook
  7. J.H. Snider, iSolon.org
  8. Lou Klepner, GatewayToGov.org, @lklepner
  9. Chris Messina, @factoryjoe
  10. Andrew Hoppin, @ahoppin
  11. Kristin Wolff, kwolff@thinkers-and-doers.com, @kristinwolff
  12. Andrew Turner, @ajturner, GeoCommons
  13. David James @davidcjames (personal) / Collective Insight @coinsight
  14. Justin Grimes, Center for Information Policy and E-Government, @justgrimes
  15. Hillary Hartley, NIC Inc, @quepol
  16. Gabriela Schneider, @stereogab, Sunlight Foundation
  17. Avelino Maestas, @avelino, CongresspediaOpenCongress
  18. Silona Bonewald, @silona, @lotv, LeagueofTechVoters.org, TransparentFederalBudget.Com, change.wikia.com
  19. Andrew Cohen, @andrewjcohen, Forum One Communications
  20. Joe Pringle, @joepringle, Forum One Communications
  21. Roger Strother, @rastrother, OMB Watch
  22. Christopher Dorobek, @cdorobek, Federal News Radio 1500 AM and DorobekInsider.com
  23. Paul Hyland, @paulhylandEditorial Projects in Education and paulhyland.com
  24. Jesse Thomas, @jessethomasJESS3
  25. Laurel Ruma, @laurelatoreilly, O'Reilly Media
  26. Luigi Montanez, @luigimontanez, Netroots.com
  27. Remy DeCausemaker, www.softwarefreedom.org
  28. Sebastian Benthall The Open Planning Project, essay papers
  29. Matt Stempeck, Americans for Campaign Reform
  30. Phil Attey, @philattey / facebook
  31. David Stern, MixedInk
  32. Ed Pastore, @epastoreMetagovernment project
  33. Conor White-Sullivan, Localocracy.org
  34. Michael Mayernick, @mmayernick, Contribune
  35. Naomi Williams, @digitalfangirl, DigitalFanGirl
  36. Peter Corbett, @corbett3000, iStrategyLabs, Apps for Democracy
  37. Oliver Zeisberger, @oliverbarracuda, barracuda digitale agentur, facebook
  38. Sarah Schacht, @kaspower, KnowledgeAsPower.org
  39. Mary Specht, @maryspecht, Gannett Co.
  40. Yuri Victor, @yurivictor, Gannett Co.
  41. Matt Mansfield, @mattmansfield, Medill School of Journalism
  42. Kathleen Sullivan. @kathleensulli, Gannett Co.
  43. William Beutler, @williambeutler, New Media Strategies, Blog P.I.
  44. Leslie Bradshaw, @leslieann44, New Media Strategies, LeslieBradshaw.com
  45. Clay Fink, @finegameofnil
  46. Carmela Aquino, @satellitewonder, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  47. David Price, @debategraph, Debategraph.org
  48. Faye Anderson, @andersonatlarge, Tracking Change Wiki
  49. Aaron Ginoza, @ninjaclectic, NPR
  50. Liz Azyan, @liz_azyan UK Local Gov Engagement Online Research
  51. Sandy Heierbacher @ncdd National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
  52. Andy Fluke @andyfluke National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation
  53. Maxine Teller @mixtmedia MiXT Media Strategies
  54. Selvam Velmurugan eMoksha.org
  55. Matthew Vanden Boogart, @matthewvb
  56. Michelle Lyons, @mlyons
  57. Qui Diaz, @beautifulthangs
  58. Teria Rogers, Sirius XM Satellite Radio
  59. Daniel Bennett, @citizencontact , Advocating for a Healthier Online Political Ecology


Tagging (for Twitter, Youtube, Flickr, Delicious, Technorati etc.)

Please use the hashtag #edemcamp for Twitter and edemcamp for any other content related to this event.


Related *camps, conferences and events


Related initiatives & communities


Sponsors and budget

This event will be free to attend, because of the generous support of our sponsors. From past experience, the cost per active participant tends to vary between roughly $15 and $40 (depending on many factors such as venue, food, technology, schwag etc.). We'll list all our sponsoring (incoming cash and in-kind donations) as well as all outgoing expenses publicly on the wiki. 

List your name here if you or your organization would like to become a sponsor. Sponsors are highly encouraged to actively participate in the event. Cash donations are limited to a maximum of $300. If you plan to pay by check the day of the event, please make sure to bring enough checks to be able to split up your pledge into several smaller amounts.

By sponsoring eDemocracyCamp2, you're providing much needed funds to support this community. In return, we will prominently mention all sponsors by applying any or all of the following online and offline opportunities:

  • Sponsor appreciation on all available channels (wiki, Twitter, Google group)
  • Sponsor appreciation the day of the event (logo print-out, verbal announcement)
  • Right to market your product, service or organization on-site as long as it doesn't disrupt or otherwise negatively affect the overall barcamp experience (e.g. simple table tops, literature, banners etc.)
  • Sponsors are invited to participate at the event (though we don't guarantee that your sessions will be popular... that's up to you to figure out)
  • If you can think of anything else please contact us and we'll discuss. Thanks!


Incoming funds


Name (linked) 

Sponsor Statement

Pledge Paid ($) Status Notes
1 300.00  300.00 In-Kind  
  Forum One Communications partners with influential organizations, providing business strategy, online communications, user experience and technology expertise, to respond to some of the world's most pressing problems.
2 100.00  100.00 Paid  
  Intellitics is an early-stage startup in the e-participation space based in San José, California.
3 100.00  140.00 In-kind  
  Collective Insight provides technology services and strategic advice for harnessing collective intelligence. Based in the Washington, DC area.
4 150.00      
  AmericaSpeaks is a non-profit based in Washington DC. Their mission is to reinvigorate American Democracy by engaging citizens in the public decision-making that most impacts their lives.
5 50.00 50.00 Paid for art supplies, domain name  
  The Open Forum Foundation is a DC-based nonprofit developing a web-based platform to simplify civic engagement for citizens, representatives, and advocacy groups.
6 In-kind   Paid: In-kind Venue host
  The Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet (IPDI) is part of the Graduate School of Political Management of The George Washington University. Its mission is to promote the use of the Internet and new communication technologies in politics to enhance democratic values, encourage citizen participation and improve governance, at home and abroad; in short, to “democratize democracy.”
7 In-kind   Paid: In-kind Venue host
  The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) seeks to improve politics by educating its students and professionals in the tools, principles and values of participatory democracy, preparing them for careers as ethical and effective advocates and leaders at the international, national and local levels.  
8 100.00  100.00 Paid: Cash  
  Debategraph combines argument visualization with collaborative wiki editing to make the best arguments on all sides of complex public debates freely available to all, and continuously open to challenge and improvement by all. Used by the UK Prime Minister's Office and the European Commission.
9 300.00   Google invoice sent.  
  Free Range Studios is a design and communications strategy firm with a mission to make the world a cleaner, safer and more just place.
10 100.00      
  Democracy in Action
11 100.00   Paid: Cash  
  FutureGov Consultancy brings together experts with complementary skills from across government, research, IT and business sectors. We share a passion for using information and technology to drive improvement in the public sector, enabling government to get closer to its customers and deliver services that better meet the needs of citizens.
12 1,000.00   Paid (paid to Wayne Moses Burke)
  TransparencyCamp was an un-conference that convened a trans-partisan tribe of open government advocates from all walks — government representatives, technologists, developers, NGOs, wonks and activists — to share knowledge on how to use new technologies to make our government transparent and meaningfully accessible to the public. We thank the TransparencyCamp 2009 sponsors of this event for this contribution.
13   300.00   Paid: Check #740  
  The National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation supports the loose-knit “dialogue and deliberation community” and its practitioners, researchers, activists, artists, students, and everyone else committed to giving people a voice, and making sure that voice counts through honest talk, quality thinking and collaborative action!
100.00 100.00 Paid: Check #2017  
  Personal Democracy Forum is the world's largest and best-known conference on the intersection of technology and politics. 
300.00 300.00 Paid: Google Checkout  
  New Media Strategies pioneered the first online brand intelligence, protection and social media engagement firm in 1999.  Working closely with top bloggers, online communities and social media platforms, New Media Strategies serves as the "eyes, ears, and voice" online for some of the biggest and best known brands.
50.00 50.00 Paid: Check #1024  
  Gateway to Gov -- Gateway, as its known for short, was formed to enhance constituent engagement in the governance process. Gateway is working, in partnership with several other organizations, on ways to improve communication between constituents and their elected representatives, executives and public agencies.
  Total $3,050.00     

Goal: $3,000

(at 150 attendees, that's $20 per attendee )

Outgoing costs 


Date Vendor
Description Amount
Paid By
4/18/09 BJ's Wholesale Club Food, soda, water, apples, plates, napkins, supplies


Forum One
4/19/09 McFadden's DC Happy Hour $378.00 Forum One
4/19/09 Dunkin Donuts, Harris Teeter, CVS Breakfast (bagels and donut holes), coffee, orange juice, ice, supplies $500.00 Forum One
4/19/09 Dominos: Pizza Lunch 882.00 Transparency Camp (via Open Forum Fdn)
4/19/09 Active-Domain.com eDemocracyCamp.org domain name


Open Forum Fdn
4/19/09 Diane Kline art supplies 40.00

via Open Forum Fdn

4/19/09 Office Depot pens, nametags, markers, paper, easel paper, tape 140.00 Collective Insight
4/29/09 teleflora.com flowers for IPDI 55.00 Forum One





  • $600 breakfast ($4/person)
  • $750 lunch ($5/person)
  • $600 coffee, drinks ($4/person)
  • $150 paper plates, cups, utensils ($1/person)
  • $300 office supplies ($2/person)
  • Total: $2,400 (or $16/person)


Please add what's missing and change the numbers around as you see fit.  We'll get more precise as we get closer to the event.



  • What is a barcamp? BarCamp is an ad-hoc gathering born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment. It is an intense event with discussions, demos, and interaction from attendees. For more, read this article on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BarCamp