Civenergy is a web application that helps energize a community and build a community's social capital. Civenergy helps citizens find out about what is going on in their community and makes it easy for them to get actively involved. At the core of Civenergy are discussions about the important, current issues in the community. For example, Civenergy allows citizens to discuss and make decisions about local elections. In addition, Civenergy provides news items, notices of upcoming events and participation opportunities relevant to the important issues under discussion. In order to make Civenergy accessible, we put it on the web, where it can be accessed anytime with a computer, smart phone, or tablet. Civenergy is free to use. Once users have signed up for an account they can get involved by creating viewpoints, adding comments, and following the issues, elections, and candidates that matter most to them.
Civenergy is non-partisan -- it doesn’t favor one point of view over any other.
We are focusing on Davis California as we start Civenergy and will be expanding to other communities.
The Civenergy Team
Bob founded and leads the development of Civenergy. Civenergy is his latest project to help individuals and groups make better decisions through the use of online resources. Bob did his undergrad at UC Berkeley and went to Stanford for his graduate work. Reach Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gregg focuses on practical methods and technology for sense-making, critical dialogue and consensus formation, wise choice, and community learning. He helps individuals, organizations, and broader social systems improve self-understanding, clarify values, and undertake graceful, durable change. His work has included EPA community organizing under crisis, patient safety and process improvement for hospitals and clinics, a mobile app for life-critical behavior change, and innovation in social entrepreneuring. He has an MS in Systems Economics, a PhD in Artificial Intelligence, and has conducted post-doctoral research, all at Stanford.
Thanks to all who have helped with Civenergy with special thanks to: Ann E, Autumn L, David G, Debbie F, Eric D, Jack T, Jacob P, Jeff S, Larry D, Luciano, Mai P,Peter L, Phoebe L, Rick T, and Sam L.
I am so thankful for the efforts of CivEnergy over the past 3 election cycles. It is a critical piece of our election process. I would say indispensable at this point. I am so thankful to have a “one stop shop” to send people to to get non-partisan information on local candidate and ballot initiatives.
Being a first time campaign coordinator brought unique challenges, and was both exhilarating and daunting. I knew I would need quality support and was fortunate to meet Leslie Hunter and Bob Fung from Civenergy. They were quick to offer the support and guidance that I needed. Their competence and experience was obvious in the high quality information they shared. Their ideas were concrete, creative and their information was easy to understand. I highly recommend anyone coordinating a campaign to contact Civenergy and take advantage of all they have to offer. They will save you time as they help you navigate with clear direction.
Civenergy Terms and Conditions
Welcome to Civenergy.org! Please read these Terms and Conditions ("Terms and Conditions") carefully before using www.civenergy.org ("the Site") operated by Discuss and Decide LLC (“DD LLC” "us", "we", or "our"). The terms “you” and “your” refers to the user or viewer of the Site. This Agreement sets forth the legally binding terms and conditions for your use of the Site at www.civenergy.org. By using the Site, you are acknowledging and agreeing to the following terms and conditions of the Terms and Conditions. If you do not agree with the terms set out on this page, do not use the Site.
Visiting the Site or sending emails to Civenergy constitutes electronic communications. You consent to receive electronic communications and you agree that all agreements, notices, disclosures and other communications that we provide to you electronically, via email and on the Site, satisfy any legal requirement that such communication be in writing.
Use of the Site
The Site and its contents (the “Content”) are intended only for users of Civenergy. The Content (including any and all intellectual property posted on the Site) may only be used for your own personal and non-commercial use, or for your organization’s own use, provided that the Content is not modified and that copyright and other intellectual property notices are not deleted. You may not create derivative works from or otherwise exploit the Content in any way. Any other use of the Site or the Content without Civenergy’s written permission is prohibited. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions shall result in the immediate revocation of the license granted through this Agreement without notice to you.
You are granted a limited, non-transferable, revocable and non-exclusive license to access the Site for purposes of displaying it on your Internet browser only for the purpose of browsing through the Site’s databases and/or adding information to the Site’s databases in regards to your services. Other functionality not explicitly listed in these Terms may be made available from time to time and will be outlined further in the applicable Site section.
In consideration of your use of the Site, you represent that you are of legal age to form a binding contract and are not a person barred from using the Site under the laws of the United States or other applicable jurisdiction.
If you register for an account with Civenergy (“Account”), you may provide certain information about yourself. You represent and warrant that: (a) all information you submit is truthful and accurate, (b) that you will maintain the accuracy of such information, and (c) your use of the site and services does not violate any applicable laws. You may terminate your Account at any time, for any reason, by following the instructions on the site. We may suspend or terminate your Account in accordance with this Terms of Services. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Account login information and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your Account. You agree to immediately notify us of any unauthorized use, or suspected unauthorized use, of your Account or any other breach of security. We cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with the above requirements.
Restrictions on Use
You are prohibited from using the Site or the Content for any purpose not related to the intended use of the Site. Prohibited uses include, but are not limited to: (i) downloading, copying, or re-transmitting a portion or all of the Site or the Content, without, or in violation of, a written license or agreement with Civenergy or by other means than those allowed by the Site to third-party social media accounts (assuming the Content is not altered in any way or maintains the appropriate watermark); (ii) using any type of data gathering or extraction methods; (iii) manipulating or otherwise displaying the Site or the Content by using framing or similar navigational technology; (iv) registering, subscribing, unsubscribing, or attempting to register, subscribe or unsubscribe any party for any Civenergy product or service if you are not expressly authorized by such party to do so; (v) using the Site or the Content other than for its intended purpose or for any unlawful purpose; (vi) interfering with the security of, or otherwise abusing the Site or any system resources, services or networks connected to or accessible through the Site.
We may terminate your access to the Site, without cause or notice, which may result in the forfeiture and destruction of all information associated with you. All provisions of this Agreement that by their nature should survive termination shall survive termination, including, without limitation, ownership provisions, warranty disclaimers, indemnity, and limitations of liability.
You are expected to keep all of your communications within the bounds of decent behavior. At our sole discretion, we will remove any content we deem to be hateful, hurtful to others, or otherwise inconsistent with the type of online community we are seeking to foster. We reserve the right to terminate your account if you post any communications or content we deem to be improper.
The Site may be accessed through mobile devices. Civenergy does not charge for viewing through your mobile devices, but your carrier may. By utilizing our Site through your mobile services, you consent to be notified by Civenergy (as well as other entities) by SMS, MMS, text message or other electronic means to your mobile device and that certain information pertaining to your use of the mobile services may be communicated to Civenergy.
All Content included as part of the Service, such as text, graphics, logos, images, as well as the compilation thereof, and any software used on the Site, is the property of Civenergy or Discuss and Decide LLC or its suppliers or licensors/contributors and is protected by copyright and other laws that protect intellectual property and proprietary rights. Unless otherwise agreed, you agree to observe and abide by all copyright and other proprietary notices, legends or other restrictions contained in any such content and will not make any changes thereto.
Unless otherwise agreed, you will not modify, publish, transmit, reverse engineer, participate in the transfer or sale, create derivative works, or in any way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part, found on the Site. Civenergy content is not for resale. Your use of the Site does not entitle you to make any unauthorized use of any protected content, and in particular you will not delete or alter any proprietary rights or attribution notices in any content without the express written permission of Civenergy and the copyright owner. You agree that you do not acquire any ownership rights in any protected content. We do not grant you any licenses, express or implied, to the intellectual property of Civenergy or our licensors except as expressly authorized by these Terms.
License to Civenergy
By posting messages, uploading files, inputting data, linking to data or files on third-party sites (such as Youtube, Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter, or Wordpress), or engaging in any other form of communication through our Site, you are granting us a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, unrestricted, worldwide license to: use, copy, sublicense, adapt, transmit, publicly perform or display any such communication, Sublicense to third parties the unrestricted right to exercise any of the foregoing rights granted with respect to the communication. The foregoing grants shall include the right to exploit any proprietary rights in such communication, including but not limited to rights under publicity, copyright, trademark, servicemark or patent laws under any relevant jurisdiction.
Users who post content to Civenergy as discussed herein represent and warrant the following: (i) posting User is the owner of the copyright to all content submitted to Civenergy; (ii) The content does not violate any laws or the rights of any individuals or business entities including copyrights, trade secrets, privacy rights, and right to publicity; (iii) The content has not been submitted with the intent to harass, threaten, embarrass, or cause distress, unwanted attention, or discomfort upon another person or entity; (iv) The content is not unlawful, discriminatory, libelous, slanderous, defamatory or sexually explicit. Civenergy may accept or reject any uploaded content at its sole discretion.
By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when posting, you will not: defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others; publish, post, upload, distribute or disseminate any inappropriate, profane, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful topic, name, material or information; upload any files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all necessary consents; upload files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another’s computer; advertise or offer to sell or buy any goods or services for any business purpose; conduct or forward surveys, contests, pyramid schemes or chain letters; download any file posted by another user that you know, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such a manner; falsify or delete any author attributions, legal or other proper notices or proprietary designations or labels of the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded, restrict or inhibit any other user from using and enjoying the Site; violate any code of conduct or other guidelines which may be applicable for any post; harvest or otherwise collect information about others, including e-mail addresses, without their consent; violate any applicable laws or regulations.
Civenergy has no obligation to monitor the posts. However, Civenergy reserves the right to review materials posted to the Site and to remove any materials in its sole discretion. Civenergy reserves the right to terminate your access to any or all of the Communication Services at any time without notice for any reason whatsoever. Civenergy reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as necessary to satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, or to edit, refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part, in Civenergy’s sole discretion.
Always use caution when giving out any personally identifying information about yourself in any post. Civenergy does not control or endorse the content, messages or information found in any post and, therefore, Civenergy specifically disclaims any liability with regard to the posts and any actions resulting from your participation in any posts. Managers and hosts are not authorized Civenergy spokespersons, and their views do not necessarily reflect the views of Civenergy.
Third Party Content/Links to Third Parties
The Site contains links to other websites (“Linked Sites”) and the Site provides you with the ability to embed content on other web sites. The Linked Sites are not under the control of Civenergy and Civenergy is not responsible for the contents of any Linked Site, including without limitation any link contained in a Linked Site, or any changes or updates to a Linked Site. Civenergy is providing these links to you only as a supplement to the Civenergy service, and the inclusion of any link should not imply endorsement by Civenergy of the site or any association with its operators beyond the endorsement of website to supplement the Civenergy service. You are solely responsible for such use and activities, including but not limiting to ensuring that you have the right from such other web sites to include such content.
You agree to indemnify us for certain of your acts and omissions. You agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless DD LLC, its affiliates, officers, directors, employees, consultants, agents, and representatives from any and all third party claims, losses, liability, damages, and/or costs (including reasonable attorney fees and costs) arising from your access to or use of the Site, your violation of these Terms and Conditions, or your infringement, or infringement by any other user of your account, of any intellectual property or other right of any person or entity.
Limitation of Liability
Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to, negligence, shall DD LLC or its affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or exemplary damages that result from the use of, or the inability to use the Site. You specifically acknowledge and agree that DD LLC is not liable for any defamatory, offensive or illegal conduct of any user. If you are dissatisfied with any Site material, or with any of these Terms of Service, your sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Site. In no event shall our liability exceed one thousand U.S. dollars (USD 1000.00) in aggregate. In the case that applicable law may not allow the limitation or exclusion of liability or incidental or consequential damages, the above limitation or exclusion may not apply to you, although our liability will be limited to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law.
THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, AND SERVICES INCLUDED IN OR AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. PROFITIVE AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES IN THE SITE AT ANY TIME.
PROFITIVE AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS ABOUT THE SUITABILITY, RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, TIMELINESS, AND ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS CONTAINED ON THE SITE FOR ANY PURPOSE TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW. ALL SUCH INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. PROFITIVE AND/OR ITS SUPPLIERS HEREBY DISCLAIM ALL WARRANTIES AND CONDITIONS WITH REGARD TO THIS INFORMATION, SOFTWARE, PRODUCTS, SERVICES AND RELATED GRAPHICS, INCLUDING ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
Copyright and Trademark Compliance
We respect the copyright and trademark privileges of others. It is our policy to respond to notices of alleged infringement that comply with the United States’ Digital Millennium Copyright Act or other applicable law. If you believe that a copyright or trademark has been infringed please email us at email@example.com.
This Agreement (and any further rules, polices, or guidelines incorporated by reference) shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, United States, without giving effect to any principles of conflicts of law.
Changes To This Agreement
We reserve the right, at our sole discretion, to modify or replace these Terms and Conditions by posting the updated terms on the Site. Your continued use of the Site after any such changes constitutes your acceptance of the new Terms and Conditions.
Please review this Agreement periodically for changes. If you do not agree to any of this Agreement or any changes to this Agreement, do not use, access or continue to access the Site or discontinue any use of the Site immediately.
If any provision of this agreement shall be unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from this agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.
This Agreement constitutes the entire contractual agreement between you and DD LLC, and supersedes all prior or contemporaneous agreements, representations, warranties, and understandings;
We reserve the right, at any time, to modify, suspend, or discontinue the Site or any part thereof with or without notice. You agree that we will not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification, suspension, or discontinuance of the site or service or any part thereof.
If you have any questions about this Agreement, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We respect your privacy. This policy explains our privacy practices, including how we handle the information we collect when you visit and use the Site. Please review carefully. If you have questions or feedback, send an email to: email@example.com. Terms not otherwise defined in this Policy have the meaning given to them in our Terms of Service. Your home jurisdiction may have privacy laws and guidelines that are more or less protective than the guidelines herein.
We encourage you to review the privacy statements of websites you choose to link to from our Site so that you can understand how those websites collect, use and share your information. We are not responsible for the privacy statements or other content on websites outside of this website. You may choose not to provide certain personal information to us, but in doing so, certain services may not be available to you.
- the types information we collect from you;
- how we use and store that information;
- under what circumstances we share that information; and what you can do to modify your profile so that you can manage your own privacy preferences within the Neighborland Sites and Services.
Information We Collect
We collect the following information about you and your use of the Site when you register with the Site and when you visit Site pages.
- your user name and, email address (if you register with Civenergy);
- your IP address, browser type, and related diagnostic and technical information;
- usage information for statistical purposes (like most websites on the Internet, when you use our Sites we automatically collect a range of information about the number of daily visitors, the specific resources they use and how long they remain engaged with specific tools and products we provide);
- if you broadcast information generated on the Site to third-party sites such as Facebook or Twitter, we may collect information regarding your accounts on such third-party sites to facilitate your use these third-party sites with the Site.
Data Use and Storage
We use your information to:
- empower you to become more involved in your community;
- notify you of community updates, safety alerts, and related important news items;
- ensure that the Site evolves to suit your needs;
- research the effectiveness of the Site; and
- develop new services for your community.
Service Providers – We may employ third party companies and individuals (not limited to vendors, suppliers and advisors) to facilitate our service, to provide the service on our behalf, to perform related services (e.g., without limitation, maintenance services, database management, web analytics and improvement of the Site’s features) or to assist us in analyzing how our site and service are used. These third parties have access to your Personal Information only to perform these tasks on our behalf and are obligated not to disclose or use it for any other purpose. In terms of storing your information, we use reputable third-party hosting services that abide by industry-wide accepted best practices in relation to data security and integrity.
Users are advised that if they wish to deny the use and saving of cookies from this website on to their computers hard drive they should take necessary steps within their web browsers security settings to block all cookies from this website and its external serving vendors.
Identifying theft and the practice currently known as “phishing” are of great concern to us. Safeguarding information to help protect the user’s from identity theft is a top priority. We do not and will not, at any time, request a user’s credit card information, account ID, login password, or national identification numbers in a non-secure unsolicited e-mail or non-secure telephone communication. For more information about phishing, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
Security of Your Personal Information
We follow generally accepted industry standards to help protect your personal and confidential information. We have put in place reasonable physical, electronic, and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect. Only those employees or other noted parties under this Agreement who need access to your information in order to perform their duties are authorized to have access to your Personal Information. However, no method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, while we strive to protect your personal and confidential information, we cannot guarantee its absolute security and your use of the Site demonstrates your assumption of this risk.
Lost or Stolen Information
You must promptly notify us if your user name or password is lost, stolen, or used without permission. In such an event, we will remove that user name or password from your account and update our records accordingly. We cannot guarantee the security of your personal information if you share your password or account access with others or if you become aware of unauthorized access to your account and fail to notify us.
Data Sharing Practices and Principles
We respect your profile preferences and take them very seriously. However, we cannot be responsible for how other entities handle your personal information. In that connection, please be aware that third-party websites and services – such as Facebook and Twitter – may share your information more widely if you broadcast information generated on the Site to them.
We use analytics tools and other third party technologies, such as Google Analytics, to collect non-personal information in the form of various usage and user metrics when you use the Site. These tools collect and analyze information, including: cookies, IP addresses, device and software identifiers, onsite behavior and usage information, referring and exit URLs, usage history, MAC Address and other similar information. The third party analytics companies who collect information on the Site and other online products and/or services may combine the information collected with other information they have independently collected from other websites and/or other online or mobile products and services relating to your activities across their network of websites as well as online and/or mobile products and services. Many of these companies collect and use information under their own privacy policies.
You may see what information Google Analytics collects and/or opt out of the Google Analytics cookie by visiting the Google Ads Settings Page.
We do not automatically share information about your preferences, or your account generally with any third-parties (including law enforcement or other government agencies). However, if we receive a warrant requiring us to turn over account information from a duly appointed law enforcement official, government agency, or government institution, we will comply with the warrant.
Other Disclosures - Information about our customers, including personal or confidential information, will be disclosed as part of any merger, acquisition, or sale of our company and/or assets, as well as in the unlikely event of insolvency, bankruptcy, or receivership, in which personal information would be transferred as one of the business assets of the company.
Our Site may include interactive areas or services, including (but not limited to) blogs, forums, bulletin boards, message boards or other areas or services in which you or third parties can create, post or store any content, messages, comments, materials or other items on the sites ("Public Interactive Areas"). If you use a Public Interactive Area, you should be aware that these areas are open to the public and any personal information you post or provide at registration may be viewable by others. We are not responsible for personal information you submit in connection with the Public Interactive Areas, nor are we responsible for how others might use that information, including sending you unsolicited messages. Public Interactive Area postings may be retained indefinitely. If at any time you would like to remove a posting, please contact us. Removal of a posting from a Public Interactive Area does not mean that the posting will be deleted from our systems.
By using our Site and Services, you consent to our collection of your information as set out in this Policy. If you have any questions about how this Policy works, or if you have suggestions on how we might improve it, please send us an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Furthermore, by providing your contact information to us, you expressly consent to receive communications from us. You expressly agree that we are free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any communication via email or support form you send to us without compensation and for any purpose whatsoever, including but not limited to, developing, manufacturing and marketing products and services using such information.
Opt-Out, Control of Privacy Settings & Removal of Your Account
We respect your privacy and give you an opportunity to opt-out of receiving announcements of certain information and to further control your privacy settings as allowed. Users are able to opt-out of receiving any or all communications from us and control their privacy settings by adjusting their account settings on the Site.
We will process your request immediately in regards to opt-outs and changes in privacy settings and promptly after receipt in regards to Removal of your account. We cannot be held responsible for removing your personally identifiable information from lists of any third party who has previously been provided your information under the terms laid out under this Policy or by your consent, but we will make all practical efforts to assist in this effort.
We take all reasonable precautions to ensure that the personal information we collect, use and disclose is accurate, complete and up-to-date. However, the accuracy of that information depends to a large extent on the information you provide. That's why we recommend that you:
- Let us know if there are any errors in your personal information; and
- Keep us up to date with changes to personal information such as your name, address, and contact details.
Notice of Modifications
From time to time, we may want to change our platform in a way that would alter the way we store, use or share your information. If we need to do that, we will send you an email that explains the changes and, whenever reasonably possible, we will provide a way for you to provide feedback in relation to these changes through the Site.
In the event that the Site is acquired or sells some of its assets, customer information is a type of asset that is transferred to the purchasing party. If the Site is acquired – or in the event that the company enters into bankruptcy – customer information may be transferred to or acquired by a third party. Be aware that such transfers do occur, and that any party acquiring the Site may continue to use your information as set forth in this Policy.
Civenergy Commenting Policy
Here at Civenergy , we value your comments. Commenting is a way for you to participate and contribute to the Civenergy community.
We have put together some simple commenting guidelines for the Civenergy community. When making moderation decisions, we will take into account these guidelines, and the context in which comments are made. We are posting these publicly to be clear about our moderation process. If you have any thoughts about our commenting policy, we would very much like to hear them.
1. Your Name: We think it best for those wish to comment to use your real name as your user name. You can use your first name and last initial, first initial and last name, or your full name. We would also like you to add a picture of yourself in your profile. We are modeling this after public comment at city meetings.
2. No Personal Attacks: Please do not engage in personal attacks on any public figures or Civenergy. The Civenergy community should focus on intelligently discussing issues by furthering the conversation with resourceful and constructive ideas.
3. Watch your Language: Please watch your language and respect other people's views, beliefs and emotions. We reserve the right to remove any content that might be found offensive or threatening.
4. No Spam: Spam and advertising content will be removed.
5. Keep Relevant: Please keep your comments relevant to the issue. Off-topic comments may be removed in order to keep the comment thread on track.
6. No Hate speech: Speech that attacks a person or group on the basis of attributes such as gender, ethnic origin, religion, race, disability, or sexual orientation will not be allowed.
7. Help Maintain Quality: We encourage you to take responsibility for the quality of the conversations in which you’re participating. Maintain intelligent discussions in the Civenergy community by being respectful and considerate. If you see content which you think should be remove tell us about it. We are monitoring Civenergy content but may sometimes miss problem comments or trolling behavior. Thanks for helping!