So – this is going to be a fairly quick one (for me) but here are some links and thoughts from a brilliant day yesterday at Councillor Camp. Firstly – a massive well done to the FutureGov team and in particular Jon Foster for a really well run event with great speakers (hopefully the presentations will be found on the #cllrcamp hashtag) – and more than that fantastic participants. 8 hours in the company of a diverse group of politicians all of whom ‘get’ the need for Local Government and Local Politics to really start to use digital properly is an energising thing. FutureGov create and curate this kind of thing brilliantly and I am very grateful that they do as I think its vital that we gather like minded people together to move the debate along.
I just wanted to capture my three points from the session at the end as my learning from the event and also to follow up on promises I made to provide links to various things. The learning points / observations for me are:
Yes – there is a great start but there is a long way to go to turn our democratic use of social media from early adopter to mainstream status.
One final thought: I had a really interesting debate with an extremely eloquent and experienced Councillor who felt strongly that it was wrong to set an expectation that all Members should be active online. I thought about it on the way home and I think I have to (respectfully) disagree. I believe we have to clearly set an expectation for members and officers that they will be fluent in not only the technology but the underlying culture of the online world because increasingly this reflects the offline world. We will not get there immediately but I don’t think that should stop us setting the standard. I’d be interested to hear whether or not people agree with me on this.
And now – here are various links to resources from the sessions I suggested (I have not put anything up from the webcasting one but most of the examples I mentioned can be tracked down on the Public-i Website)
First up was a session on the evidence behind the digital channel shift. Most of this can be found referenced from this page I put together in 2011 – it needs updating (in particular with last years Hansard audit) but it has links to all the main stuff. The Oxford Internet Institute report is talked about here and the digital inclusion data (including links to the Helsper stuff which is hugely helpful) is all here.
I wrote a paper for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners which brings some of this together and might also be of interest as it talks about designing a democratic office for the 21st Century as well as connecting Internet use with demographics (Digital Democracy).
Digital Civic Spaces
This whole blog is really all about these so feel free to poke around but the 5 criteria are below:
I found the session really interesting and the two things which I took away to properly think about were:
I’m going to (hopefully!) do a session on this at #ukgc13 next week so will blog more on this then
Great discussion about how to support councillors better and there was a general receptiveness to the idea that we need to have better quality information and analysis about social media available as well as a more sophitsicated discussion about digital footprints and identity. A few resources were mentioned which are here:
Please shout if I promised you information and haven’t delivered!!