Tune in for the 2013 Forum on Communications and Society (FOCAS) July 11, 12 and 13, which follows on the work of the Aspen Institute and the Knight Foundation in encouraging an informed citizenry engaged in self-governance at all levels of government. Much attention has focused on the creation of tools to encourage and ease this process. Indeed, through Knight News Challenges and other activities, makers are creating innovative approaches to citizen engagement tools and measurements. The FOCAS will bring together representatives of the maker community with public officials, citizen leaders and others who will be implementing the new tools and apps for citizen engagement. The aim is to enhance the relationships among localities and their publics in advancing participatory governance. The Forum will also look for ways to institutionalize the innovative techniques and talents for open governance in the future, looking specifically at how the advances such as the Open Data Institute in the United Kingdom can find an analogue in the U.S.