Community meetings Once upon a time the public stage was an open place to see and be seen Sometime the being seen was without a particular message. Maybe one’s presence expressed support? Maybe it expressed a watchfulness. There is information available from body language and the context in which it is thrown down There are means, within the physical space, even if it is not your turn to be heard to be heard. Now there are all forms of electronic meetings. Have they increased accessibility? Have they increased effective citizen participation in governance?