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Obama and keeping citizens in the loop

In a previous post I reviewed the tools used by Dellai for his local political campaign and I was wondering if and how he will keep trying to involve citizens in the loop.
Of course Obama had a much larger campaign and faces now a much larger effort in order to keep the US citizens (and partly all the world inhabitants) in the loop.
I read from a post on the Complexity and Social Networks Blog the following email, sent to Obama’s e-mail list, by David Plouffe, Campaign Manager of Obama for America.
This is an amazing time, the challenges ahead of Obama are huge and I would not sleep the night being in his shoes but what he and his staff will do is going to reshape how we think about government and participation.
The emphasis on locality (your community!) in this message is really amazing!

Exactly one month ago, you made history by giving all Americans a real opportunity for change.
Now it’s time to start preparing and working for change in our communities.
On December 13th and 14th, supporters are coming together in every part of the country to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and plan the future of this movement. Your ideas and feedback will be collected and used to guide this movement in the months and years ahead.
Join your friends and neighbors — sign up to host or attend a Change is Coming house meeting near you.
Since the election, the challenges we face — and our responsibility to take action — have only gotten more urgent.
You can connect with fellow supporters, make progress on the issues you care about, and help shape the future of your community and our country.
Learn what you can do now to support President-elect Obama’s agenda for change and continue to make a difference in your community.
Take the first important step by hosting or attending a Change is Coming house meeting. Sign up right now:
To get our country back on track, it will take all of us working together.
Barack and Joe have a clear agenda and an unprecedented opportunity for change. But they can’t do it alone.
Will you join us at a house meeting and help plan the next steps for this movement?

David Plouffe
Campaign Manager
Obama for America

But in Italy something is moving as well! Yesterday there was a discussion in the Italian Parliament about Internet Technologies and politics.
The video embedded by David Orban in his post is very interesting so here we go with the re-embedding. It is a video from the documentary “Us Now”, a film project about the power of mass collaboration, government and the internet (tagline from site: “New technologies and a closely related culture of collaboration present radical new models of social organisation. This project brings together leading practitioners and thinkers in this field and asks them to determine the opportunity for government”)