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In Common

inCommon is the Davenport Institute's Participatory Governance Blog. It explores the latest resources, studies, programs and discussions about Civic Engagement in California, throughout the nation and around the world in order to answer questions about what civic engagement looks like and why it is important for good governance, particularly at the local level.

Golden Governance

Golden Governance is a joint project of the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy and the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC). In difficult economic times, cities, towns and counties across California are rethinking how they tackle some of their toughest challenges. The result is a new collaborative approach to governance, which includes greater public participation in decision-making and service delivery. This blog offers a place where local leaders and community members from around California can share their Stories of Success as they work together in new ways to provide services and solve problems.

Big Society Watch

Big Society Watch keeps readers up-to-date on highlights of the ideas, programs and controversies surrounding British Prime Minister David Cameron's "Big Society" agenda. His plan to de-centralize services to the local level of government and supplement government service provision with citizen engagement activities is ambitious. Can it also be successful? What does the success or failure of the Big Society in Great Britain imply for civic engagement efforts and local government programs in the USA?

Government 2.0 Watch

Government 2.0 Watch offers a one-stop resource for information relating to how governments around the world use social media, geolocation, mobile apps and other technological innovations to interact with their residents. Are these tools offering new opportunities for civic engagement? Are they changing the way residents view their role in local government, creating new opportunities for citizen involvement? Or are they cementing old ideas of citizens as customers by facilitating the delivery of government services?

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