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Check Out E-Democracy.org

Check out the website at www.e-democracy.org. This is an effort started by Steven Clift to engage citizens through on line tools.

I really like his concepts of establishing a citywide on line forum which citizens can use to engage and participate in meaningful discussion I am working on a 5th Council District on line forum that if successful could be used citywide. See what Clift has to say about this...

Steven Clift: When you roll up your sleeves you can shape democracy from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.

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