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The following conclusions have been drawn about this e-consultation case:

1. Effective collection of tacit knowledge

This e-consultation case illustrates an effective way to collect tacit knowledge from people, by stimulating them to tell their stories to the world, on a collective blog. A blog is a useful tool for getting high quality interesting responses.

2. Bridging the Digital Divide

This e-consultation provided multiple routes for submission and it worked. As a consequence, it bridges the digital divide. For willing participants who cannot access the web or use e-mail, they may instead send a text. If all else fails, telephone and leave a recorded a message.

3. Non Labour-Intense Option

E-consultation does not require much work for the consulters, as do traditional consultation methods such as discussion forums or surveys. However, e-consultation does require some attention.

4. Requires Publicity

Publicity is needed to bring people to a web site. This can be done through the media (from press releases to a launch by the Taoiseach), or by making people aware of the site when they visit their favourite on-line hangouts (messages in mailing lists or on-line games, or buying Google adwords so that when people search for ‘active citizenship’ they find the site).

5. Web Site Style

Copy-writing for the web takes skill and time. But without it, people will leave the site before even having a chance to submit a story.

Final Note: Praise from the Taoiseach

Finally, the Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, speaking at the Conference on the Future of the Community and Voluntary Sector, praised the Wheel's e-consultation work: