For me, the main topic of 2012 will be Policy-Making 2.0. What I mean by it, as compared with government 2.0, is that:

  • it focusses on the policy-making activity of government, while in 2011 I focussed on service delivery
  • it focusses on the whole policy-making cycle, not only in policy design as it is often the case in eParticipation
  • it stands firmly between the two extremes of (maximalistic) direct democracy and (minimalistic) social media PR: it’s about leveraging collective intelligence for better decision making
  • it concerns a wider range of ICT solutions than collaboration, extending to policy modelling and simulation, visualisation, opinion mining, data-intensive tools

First, I will continue working on the online engagement of the Digital Agenda for Europe, with Richard Wilson, PAU Education and Laia Pujol. This is exciting and promising.

Secondly, the CROSSOVER project will develop the research roadmapping work of 2010 in the CROSSROAD project and bring it at the global level.We’ve already launched an active Linkedin Group, and created a dedicated podcast channel (click here to subscribe in iTunes).

To do so, we are now seeking 5/6 animators (pdf) for leveraging conversations and collectively define the future of policy-making. The ideal profile is:

  • knowledgeable about one or more of these technological areas
  • well connected in the research and practitioners community, also through social media

It’s a low-quantity, high-quality job. If you’re interested, follow the guidelines in this document and submit your proposal by January 25th.