Coming up: Dialogue on eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe

If you are an expert or practitioner in the field of civic engagement, PEP-NET, the Pan European eParticipation Network would like to invite you to participate in an online discourse about electronic Participation in Central and Eastern Europe.

Derived from the discourse starts on Monday 12th April 2010, you can go to to the its home page to take part. eParticipation and civic engagement practitioners from Central, Eastern and Western Europe will discuss a wide range of issues: from opportunities and challenges, to the structural, political and cultural problems that may stand in the way of successful eParticipation in the region.

The focus of the discourse will be the development of strategies to enhance eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe and overcome the obstacles identified. The final outcome of the discourse will be a paper, describing the situation of eParticipation in the region and making recommendations for improvement, which will be presented to the European Commission and other influencers of eParticipation.

The discourse is broken down into three phases: “broadening”, “deepening” and “consolidating”.

  • In the broadening phase, ideas and possible topics for discussion are fielded.
  • Some of these are then selected for a more in-depth discussion in the “deepening” phase. This means that you can decide what is discussed before you discuss it.
  • The final phase, “consolidating“, aims to summarize the results of the discussion and to highlight both areas where consensus has been achieved as well as those where different view points remained, resulting in a situation paper.

The whole discussion is moderated by a dedicated team, so you can engage in a constructive and structured discussion.

This is the second of three PEP-NET discourses. To find out more about PEP-NET, the Pan-European eParticipation Network, including how to become a member, please visit

We look forward to reading your contributions on!

This was originally posted on PEP-NET.

About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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One Response to Coming up: Dialogue on eParticipation in Central and Eastern Europe

  1. John Heaven says:

    Thanks for helping publicise this. Should be good!

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