Power to the Edges: Trends and Opportunities in Online Civic Engagement
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This report is a snapshot of the current state of online democracy in the age of connectivity brought about by the Internet and other digital information technologies. The implications for nonprofit organizations are significant and challenging. The report authors urge nonprofits and the funders who support them to integrate online and offline activities, leverage and strengthen networks of activists and brandish a new set of leadership skills that are facilitative and inclusive.
We want to hear from you! What is your reaction to this report? What is your experience with online engagement? What suggestions do you have to harness the power of technology to inspire active citizenship and cultivate a healthy and vibrant democracy? Post your comments on the E-Volve Foundation blog on their website at: http://evolvefoundation.org/?q=node/69
A recent article in the Chronicle of Philanthropy (“A Technological Revolution for the Greater Good” by Marcia Sharp) lists the ways technology is transforming how people contribute to and volunteer with nonprofits, but it misses some of the opportunities highlighted in the PACE report. To read what PACE and E-Volve leaders say in response to the article: “How Technology Can Promote Social Change,” click here.
Discussion with the Authors
On June 2, 2005, PACE and the E-Volve Foundation convened a teleconference discussion on the report. The call featured reflection from the report’s authors as well as questions and suggestions posed by call participants. Click here for a summary of the call.