City launches ideas

The City of Kirkland is trying its hand at improving its citizen engagement with the introduction of, dare we say it... a blog. The Kirkland 2035 campaign is in full swing, soliciting comments from the citizens if Kirkland about what our future will look like. The city's new-found love of blogging is aimed at engaging with and supplying information to the people of Kirkland. The city's media release is below:

Your ideas about Kirkland’s future wanted on Online tool offers unique way to join the conversation about Kirkland 2035

KIRKLAND, Wash. – Post it. Vote on it. Share it with others. That’s what the City of Kirkland wants residents, businesses and community members to do on a new civic engagement site – The site allows you to submit ideas, give your answers to specific questions, and to vote and comment on ideas from others. The online conversation tool focuses on the “Kirkland 2035. Your Voice, Your Vision, Your Future.” campaign. The site currently features the Comprehensive Plan Update and the City’s visioning process and the Cross Kirkland Corridor Master Plan.

The site features different ways for users to engage in an online conversation. You can enter a simple idea that answers the question “My vision for Kirkland is…” The “Forums” feature is where you submit your ideas or vote and comment on another person’s idea(s) about a single topic. For example, you can submit ideas about: “What do you see in your vision for the Cross Kirkland Corridor?” The “Discussion” feature provides for more in-depth conversation about a particular topic by asking multiple questions. When you “join the discussion,” you are presented with background information about a particular topic and then asked to “answer” questions which is intended to prompt an online conversation. Currently, the Comprehensive Plan Update discussion seeks answers to questions about future housing, transportation and local services. Look for the video tutorial on how the site works on the Ideas Forum homepage.

The Ideas Forum site will be re-purposed in the future for online civic engagement around topics such as the City’s Biennial Budget.