The European e-participation-scene gathered in BerlinInAugust 2007 to identify future aspects of the growing field of e-democracy. 25 Participants from 13 countries discussed for two days in the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin (ehemaliges Staatsratsgebäude) what issues are emerging, discussed good and bad practices and tried to build up a network. The British Council Germany gave some funding for travel expenses. On July 17th and 18th 2008 there has been a follow up – BerlinInJuly 2008 . Tom Steinberg, mySociety.org, Politik Digital, politik-digital.de and Christian Heise, e-politik.de / e-demokratie.org were bound to be the inviting group. The group of guests included some of the 2007 guests as well as some new people; important new networks in the field will be informed about the meeting. In total, there were about 40 international persons attending the unconference which was prepared, just as in the last year, through this wiki.
This year, on 15-16th October 2009, there will be another follow up: Berlin in October 2009. Even though this Unconference is by invite only, we are still looking for suggestions of smart, interesting people to join. The only real criteria for attendees: the desire and the determination to get things built that actually help citizens, rather than just talking about how great it could be if someone else did it. If you feel that you would be matching this profile, please contact one of the organising institutions. There are still open slots. We especially welcome non-EU participants. Limited funding is available.