Political Participation

Political Participation

NSF Grant to Develop Technologies for Public Engagement and Deliberation

A grant from the National Science Foundation will help research methods to improve online communication forums.

The Peace and Justice Events Calendar for Seattle

This page presents a publicly available data set consisting of 546 individual calendars starting in October 1996 and going through October 2009, when the data was collected. While not wholly inclusive, this data set represents the most conclusive single source for activist events in the Seattle area, covering a 13-year period.

Which Way for the Northwest Social Forum? A Dialog on Cross-issue Organizing (2007)
By Amoshaun Toft, Nancy Van Leuven, W. Lance Bennett, Jonathan Tomhave, Mary Lynn Veden, Chris Wells and Lea Werbel

The Northwest Social Forum (NWSF) was organized over a 1½-year period, leading up to a planned weekend-long event in Seattle, Washington in 2004. Concerns about process emerged 2½ months before the planned event, eventually resulting in cancellation of the event just 9 days before it was to take place. This report is intended to foster a learning environment that may help future social movement efforts.

The Jury and Democracy Project (2008)

The Jury and Democracy Project aims to understand the special educational impact that jury service has on citizens. Serving on a jury can change how citizens think of themselves and their society. This, in turn, can change how they behave in public life. Our purpose is to study when, how, and to what extent those changes take place when people are called to serve on juries.

WTO Oral History Project (2001)

The WTO History Project is a data and interview archive documenting the activities of those who organized and participated in the public demonstrations at the World Trade Organization ministerial meetings held in Seattle in 1999.

The Deliberative Potential of Computer-Mediated Communication: The Effects of Incoherence, Anonymity, and Time on the Interpersonal Requirements of Deliberation (2005)

Andrew Waits, a Mary Gates Undergraduate Fellow at CCCE in 2004-05, wrote his undergraduate thesis on computer mediated deliberation. Andrew writes, "I first became interested in the potential of the Internet as a means of political transformation and social interaction while taking Professor Kirsten Foot’s Political Science 407 course during my junior year at the University of Washington. I was primarily interested in the power of the Internet to create a forum where individuals could become exposed to differing opinions and ideologies as well as a means of mobilization and organization."


Center for Communication & Civic Engagement