I analyzed hundreds of civic entrepreneur grant applications and wrote a blog post about some of the common themes in the new wave of civic application startups.
From the article:
Advocates of open government practices call for increased participation and collaboration as we reshape our institutions — and the importance of these concepts is visibly illustrated in this second iteration of the word cloud. “Social,” “public,” “citizens,” “communities” — all of these words represent this drive for giving a voice — a louder and more insistent voice — to the citizens. It’s not enough to listen to The People on election days and during the occasional public commentary meeting; these tools and services are about bringing in the wisdom of the crowds to help inform and perform in real-time. When we see “citizens” and the “public” and “communities” have equal standing with “government,” we’re on our way to open government success.