I’ve been advising one of the leading local governments in the US, Oakland County, Michigan (population 1.3 million), on their next-gen government strategy. This has included co-production, which they have cleverly combined with social media.
Recently they opened up a crowdsourcing site using IdeaScale software. Their explanation of it is simple (see link below) and is intentionally set up in a way that looks like government, and not an edgy hip, website. This is the heartland of the US, after all.
Aside from the internal approvals and legalities, this was pretty straightforward to set up and I expect to see other local governments of similar size to start copying this effort.
The URL: http://oakgov.ideascale.com/
© 2011 Norman Jacknis