I seem to have bookmarked a pretty eclectic range of pages yesterday. Let’s start with an in-depth critique of the Guardian’s Comment is Free set-up:
A “collective group blog, bringing together regular columnists from the Guardian and Observer newspapers with other writers and commentators representing a wide range of experience and interests”. (Annenberg Center for Communication at USC)
Here’s another UK-based engagement/deliberation consultancy:
Dialogue by Design specialises in running public and stakeholder engagement processes, using online, paper-based and face-to-face methods.
Finally some more techy items: a piece of good news for opensource from the UK:
A snapshot survey organised by Kable and sponsored by Red Hat shows that just over a third of respondents are actually using open source, and close to another third are giving it consideration in their plans for the future.
and for a bit of balance, an interesting sounding conference run by Microsoft research:
The challenge: People engaging with this rich network of information may need to interact with different technologies, interfaces, and information providers in the course of a single search task. (27 July 2007, Amsterdam, The Netherlands )
I don’t think I’ll get the funding, but I’d love to hear from anyone who goes. Being able to find information is at the heart of making any consultation or engagement process meaningful.