OK - just finished reading through "An Infusion of Commons Thinking Can Transform the Future of Our Communities" - written by presdient of the Minneapolis Planning Commission, which is exploring ways to make the planning process more co-creative and therefore more commons-based.
If you have some time, it is an informative read, just beginning the discussion about the use of new approaches of engaging communities in Minneapolis in the discussion of their Plan for Sustainable Growth. He talks about their initial efforts that mostly use wikis.
I personally agree with him that we need to start developing a "commons-based approach" to planning.
1) Do you think that the term itself will cause too much of a political backlash ("Ahhhhhhh! Socialists!") against the idea?
2) Have you seen examples where a community has worked toward a more "commons-based approach" to their planning? If so, what do you think were the critical components that allowed the change to happen?
1) Have you seen examples of government planning orgs using other technology to promote engagement? If so, do you know if anyone is going the extra mile in describing how their improved engagement startegy might have led to an improved outcome? (as opposed to Google analytics re: wiki visits, or input)
2) Who is using technology in interesting ways that involve "live people" (by this I'm suggesting people interacting face to face - as opposed to virtual worlds)? I've read a lot about The Orton Family Foundation's role in helping to create CommunityViz - as well as their current grantmaking support for "Heart & Soul Community Planning". Has anyone had experience with either the tools or these communities?