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[liberationtech] Fwd: Now Live - Toward Open and Innovative Governance - Webcasts Aug 6-8 - #FOCAS12 - Aspen Institute, Also Sunshine 2.0 Indicators

Steven Clift clift at
Mon Aug 6 08:58:18 PDT 2012

We are now live. Please spread the word and Tweet your two cents.

Watch from: (live and on-demand)

 Twitter #focas12:!/search/%23focas12

More below ...

Steven Clift -
  Executive Director -
  Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072

On Fri, Aug 3, 2012 at 8:32 AM, Steven Clift <clift at> wrote:
> Starting next Monday at 10:45 am Eastern (that's 3:45 pm in the UK ...
> or 14:45 UTC), three days of very interesting open government round
> table discussions will be webcast from the Aspen Institute. Stick it
> on your calendar.
> Below is their press release.
> I have the honor to participate again this year and wanted to invite
> as many people as possible in to tune-in and also participate via
> Twitter. The group assembled is amazing, but collectively there is
> much more to be added around the world.
> Watch from:
> (live and on-demand)
> Twitter #focas12:
>        Also for year-round exchange on similar themes try #edem
> #opengov #gov20 etc.
> On a related note, I've released a final draft of the top ten Sunshine
> 2.0 indicators I've prepared for the national League of Women Voters
> to help communities determine their relative local government support
> for democracy online. It is my hand-out so to speak:
> I will be tweeting my local "inclusion" and open governance themes (
> ) and more from:
> http:/
> ** Webcast Schedule - Mountain Time
>   - Here are some other major time zones:
> Monday, August 6, 2012
> 8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.         Welcome and Opening Remarks
> 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.       Session I.  Problems of Governance
> 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      Session II.  Innovation in Governance:
> How Are Governments Working Better?
> Tuesday, August 7, 2012
> 8:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.       Session III.  Solutions Using ICT: Working Groups
> 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.      Session IV. Inertia and Resistance: The
> Cultural Barriers to Change
> 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.      Session V.  Closing the Door on Open
> Governance: Exceptions
> Wednesday, August 8, 2012
> 8:45 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.        Session VI.  Reports of the Working Groups
> 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Session VII.  Policy Options Ahead
> The detailed webcast agenda is here:
> Overview:
> ** The press release text:
> Open and Innovative Governance at Heart of Aspen Institute FOCAS 2012 Seminar
> Contact: Sarah Eppehimer, Aspen Institute, (202) 736-5818
> sarah.eppehimer at
> Washington, D.C. – Leaders and experts from the public, private, and
> academic sectors will explore the role of transparency and openness in
> fostering more effective, innovative and accountable governance at a
> roundtable discussion Aug. 5-8 in Aspen, Colo. The event will be
> streamed live at
> The annual Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS), a project of
> the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, explores how
> public policy and private initiatives can better serve communities.
> Participants in this year’s FOCAS, titled Towards Open and Innovative
> Governance, will address the changing roles of citizens and
> governments in the digital age.
> The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is the forum’s senior sponsor.
> “Citizenship and governance in 2012 can benefit from the same digital
> disruptions that have transformed the business world,” says Charlie
> Firestone, Executive Director of the Aspen Institute Communications
> and Society Program. “This forum will explore exciting new ways to
> move that process along.”
> "Technology has transformed media in the past decade from a
> one-to-many experience to a participatory one," said Michael Maness,
> Vice President for Journalism and Media Innovation at Knight
> Foundation. "But we're only beginning to tap the potential of
> technology to make citizenship and governance far more participatory,
> allowing individuals and communities to be much more engaged."
> Participants of this year’s FOCAS will include former Secretary of
> State Madeleine Albright, President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas
> Hendrik Ilves, California Controller John Chiang, Ushahidi Executive
> Director Juliana Rotich, and Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director
> Susan Gardner.
> Towards Open and Innovative Governance will mark the seventh year that
> FOCAS includes an interactive web experience, thanks to generous
> funding from Knight Foundation.  FOCAS 2012 will be streaming live at
> at 8:45 a.m. mountain time August 6-8. Viewers
> are invited to follow the discussion on twitter @AspenInstitute and
> @AspenCS and to tweet about the event using #FOCAS12.
> ###
> The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational
> ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation,
> engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that
> democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and
> engaged. For more, visit
> The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based
> leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas
> that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced
> venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen
> Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader
> fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences
> and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado;
> and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices
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> Steven Clift -
>   Executive Director -
>   Twitter:
>   Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072

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