Thinking about using the social web to do democratic things…..

Who’s talking? Social media audits and finding the conversations

As regular readers will be aware….I have a bee in my bonnet about the need for someone to start building civic spaces online – spaces which are designed to support civic and political discourse rather than designed to sell us stuff. However it’s all very well having the idea – you then have to figure out how to build it. This post provides an overview of the social media audit – a piece of research...

Community Ambassadors – bit of a rethink and a really long list….

The first set of Virtual Town Hall are hovering on the bring of launch – the development is all live but we are tweaking content and design – but they should be out in the wild later this week.  In the meantime I wanted to get moving on the community ambassador work. This has evolved a great deal in the course of the project to date and this post is about how we actually go live and proceed with these. The...

More on those community ambassadors – and a picture

I meant to blog this at the weekend but annual tree decorating party got in the way. As the halls are now fully decked with boughs of holly (and a lot of paper chains thanks to extensive child labour) normal blogging resumes….. I wanted to capture some thoughts about the community ambassador role which is fairly central to the whole Virtual Town Hall concept. In short – we are planning on creating a network of...

Virtual Town Hall Workshop: North Lincs

The workshop at North Lincolnshire was slightly different to the others because it also involved some potential community ambassadors for the first half of the day. The team had put out a general notice about the event and so we were joined by a range of people from the council (including someone who works with local volunteers which was great), a couple of town/parish councillors, a local blogger as well as a Local...

More people – less technology

We need to remember that if we are going to make the virtual town hall work we have to always remember that its all about the people and we need to make this work in the messy realm of people compromises rather than the tidy world of technology. One of the underpinning assumptions of the virtual town hall pilot is the idea that we will work with members of the community and train them to be moderators of...

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