Heading into the second decade of the 21st century, we constantly hear about how social media, geolocation, mobile apps and similar technological innovations are changing the way we interact with each other. But how are they changing the way we interact with our governments (particularly local governments)? Are they offering new opportunities for civic engagement? Are they changing the way residents view their role in local government, creating new opportunities for citizen involvement? Or are they cementing old ideas of citizens as customers by facilitating the delivery of government services?

These questions are of particular interest to those of us at the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership as we seek to help solve public problems by promoting citizen's participation in governance. We have created this blog to provide up-to-date information relating to what is being called "Government 2.0." We hope what you find here will help local governments and their residents make the most of the technology available for genuine citizen engagement.

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Grants Technology

The US government offers grants to a variety of organizations across a variety of issues.  But how do potential recipients even find out what’s available? A new website, GrantsCase.Com, aims to help remedy the “grant education” problem:

The new website, GrantsCase.com, is a collection of resources compiled by the two companies that will help remedy government’s education problem, Ha said. The site’s first section is a uniform guidance quick reference.

“The uniform guidance is grant reform and legislation that all organizations receiving federal funds need to follow,” Ha explained, adding that the information is typically available in paper form, but they’ve done the work to simplify and digitize it.”

You can read more here, and explore the grant resource website here.