Citizen Engagement in the Networked Community
The information society has evolved into a series of networks in which individuals and communities share information and engage in social and economic development by using information and communication technologies (ICTs). Some communities and regions have taken on the challenge of digital connectivity and have had varying levels of success in transforming themselves. Citizen engagement whether as individuals, groups or organizations at the geographical community level is increasingly being discussed as an important component of any transformation. Examples of best practice are available through the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF), an international organization that promotes and highlights successful community adaptations. A continuum of community engagement is described and ICF examples illustrate the different levels of engagement that have been realized with varying levels of success.
||Citizen Engagement, Digital Divide, Citizen Participation, Community Empowerment
International Journal of Knowledge, Culture and Change Management, Volume 10, Issue 4, pp.55-68.
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Assistant Professor, Faculty of Management, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Sylvie Albert, DBA, Ec.D., CHRP joined Laurentian University in 2004 as a professor of organizational behaviour, management, and strategy within the Faculty of Management. Her research interests include two books and a number of peer-reviewed journal articles on Technology and Community Development. She is also the President of a management consulting firm named Planned Approach Inc. since 1997, involved in the development of strategic plans and economic development projects for communities in Ontario, and telecommunication networks (municipal and regional) across Canada. Dr. Albert is an international judge of intelligent communities and was a member of various investment boards for the Province of Ontario on telecommunication and community development.
Professor, Faculty of Management, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
Rolland LeBrasseur (PhD) is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Director of the School of Commerce & Administration in the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University. He has published extensively in academic journals on a range of management topics. Winner of several Canadian research awards in small business, he is a member of the editorial review board of the Journal of Small Business & Entrepreneurship and was a judge for the selection of the top 7 for Intelligent Community Forum annual award. His current interests focus on the development taking place in small businesses,
organizations, and communities.
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