It really doesn’t get much cooler than this: New Scientist has covered the release of a 3D multi-touch table that lets users see a 3D scene, such as a cityscape, from their own perspective. The 3D glasses measure where you are and where you are looking AND you can “touch” the 3D environment. The table was demonstrated at the SIGGRAPH computer graphics and animation conference and you can watch a demo video at the New Scientist page.
The growing sophisticated and accessibility of web-based technology is dramatically reducing the barriers to web-based community engagement. But civic life is – or at least it should be – fundamentally about relationships between people. We need to make sure we understand them not as substitutes for but as supplements to the real relationship building that leads to more robust and more durable policy solutions.
Just got back from Holland where they have a completely different idea of high occupancy vehicles. Email me if you want the high res PDF. Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in [...]
Some new research in psychology has some implications for those of us who work to make sure that people understand the decisions they are making, and that we move toward (if we can’t actually reach) consensus in these decisions. The research, summarized by Discovery News and published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, indicates that learning that the majority disagrees with you after you have made up your mind, actually makes you stick to your opinion even more (the idea of rooting for the underdog, or thinking that you’ve understood something that everyone else doesn’t).
Our job, as folks who design and implement public participation efforts, boils down to three things: Create safe spaces for community members to share ideas and opinions. Empower participants with the information they need to understand the issues and options and to weigh the trade-offs between those options. Encourage interaction, shared learning, and mutual respect [...]