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Saturday, March 9 • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Serving the People: How Social Media and Technology Enhances Civic Engagement LIMITED

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Civic engagement is a critical element of our democratic process. The opportunity provided by the adaption of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, as evidenced by the successful deployment of the Obama Campaign and Administration is clear and compelling. It has many potential benefits for public policy professionals by increasing public value in the form of better public decisions that accurately reflect local input and expectations. Additionally, civic engagement increases the capacity of a society to understand the decision making processes agencies use when seeking solutions for complex issues.

This panel will discuss the emergence of sophisticated online tools and platforms that support large-scale collaboration and dialogue. We discuss and dissect concrete examples of social media as a low-cost technical tool of empowerment for increasing civic engagement, and at the same time, lowering the barrier for participation by citizens. 


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Shuronda Robinson

@Shuronda Robinson is a passionate and gifted coach and speaker, she brings complete clarity to her clients on what it takes to live a life filled with JOY. Shuronda is the CEO and Founder of the Joyful Living Center, which is dedicated to providing cutting edge law of attraction workshops, seminars and teaching materials to people throughout the world. Shuronda has studied with internationally known speakers and best selling personal development... Read More →

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Sheryl Cole

First elected in 2006, @Sheryl Cole is the first African American woman elected to the Austin City Council. A resident of Austin for over 25 years, Sheryl earned her B.A. in accounting from the University of Texas and became a Certified Public Accountant in 1986, working for two years with the Big Five accounting firm Ernst & Young. In 1989, Sheryl returned to the University of Texas for law school, earning her J.D. in 1991 and joining the... Read More →
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Douglas Matthews

Chief Communications Director, City of Austin
@Douglas Matthews has led a career focused on enhancing government effectiveness through open and active community engagement, partnerships and communication. His specialties include: development of strategic public/private/nonprofit partnerships, strategic communication planning and implementation, community surveying and visioning, capital and operational budgeting, economic development and community marketing, neighborhood-based engagement... Read More →
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Marquita Sanders

@Marquita Sanders most recently served as the Director of Volunteer Operations for the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee for the inauguration of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. In this capacity, she and her team recruited and trained over 50,000 volunteers to assist in the successful execution of the historic event in our nation’s Capital. Prior to joining the Inaugural Committee, Ms. Sanders worked as the... Read More →
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Joah Spearman

@Joah Spearman is an Austin, Texas-based entrepreneur, strategic advisor, and frequent public speaker and writer. His book “Real Role Models” was published by University of Texas Press. He is also a frequent contributor to Huffington Post. Currently, Joah is co-founder of live experiential marketing startup AvecMode, which created the style component of South by Southwest Festival and counts ESPN X Games as a global client. Over the... Read More →

Saturday March 9, 2013 1:30pm - 2:30pm
BiT House | Colorado Room Hilton Garden Inn, 500 N Interstate 35

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