How Can We Make Congress More Effective, New Video Blog and More from Civinomics, July 29th

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  1. New Workshop: How Can We Make Congress More Effective?

  2. In-person Workshop: From Framing to Flagging

  3. New Features And Bug Fixes

  4. From The Blog: Tell It Like It Is, Video Blog

  5. Updates from The Gov 2.0 Space

 


 

1. New Workshop: How Can We Make Congress More Effective?

A number of recent polls have indicated that faith in Congress is at an all-time low. Many politicos are calling our current batch of representatives the worst in recorded history. In a survey that went viral in January, Public Policy Polling found that more Americans approve of colonoscopies than of Congress.

Something is obviously wrong when the nation’s legislative body is a punchline.  Maybe it’s the way they’re elected; maybe it’s the culture of Washington. Whatever the cause, we need to figure out (or, rather, remember) how to effectively govern ourselves if we are to overcome the country’s many challenges. Please help us make Congress better. Join the workshop How Can We Make Congress More Effective? and brainstorm ways to break the gridlock.

2. In-person Workshop: From Framing to Flagging

Civinomics will be hosting another facilitator meetup in our continuing series “From Framing to Flagging.” The next meetup is scheduled for Wednesday, August 7th from 6:00 to 7:30pm at CruzioWorks. To learn more and RSVP, click here.

Beer and snacks shall be provided.

3. New Features and Bug Fixes

The work of building a lean, mean democratizing machine continues apace. Since our last newsletter we’ve accomplished the following:

— Bug fixes to Facebook Connect

— New workshop listing page, search by tags

— Other UI and performance enhancements

Coming up this week:

— Expanded Information Resources: embed videos, upload photos for slideshows

4. From the Blog: Tell It Like It Is

This week Civinomics CMO Robert Singleton explains why Civinomics is different from other social media sites in a new video blog series entitled “Tell It Like It Is.” Robert explains that while most other websites attempt to replicate a real-life experience, such as hanging out with friends or sharing photos, Civinomics seeks to create a brand new experience. “Most people don’t even have an offline civic experience,” he says. View it here.

5. Updates from The Gov 2.0 Space

A new video was released talking about the partnership between Code for America and the city of Oakland. It does a great job of telling the story about the paradigm shift of in civic engagement that is rapidly expanding to cities all across the world. See the video for yourself here.

And don’t forget to apply as a CfA fellow! The deadline is in two days!!!

http://codeforamerica.org/fellows/apply/

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading, and have a great week.

The Civinomics Team

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