Local, Social, Digital hits Manchester on Sunday for the final of our three party conference fringe meetings, this time to join the majority Coalition Government partners, the Conservatives.
At the Liberal Democrat and Labour Local, Social, Digital meetings our line up of top speakers drew in the crowds and resulted in a buzzing atmosphere, and the names that we have booked in for Sunday promise to make that event equally rewarding to attend.
Some of my colleagues at FutureGov have been spending a lot of time in Surrey recently, working with Surrey County Council on Future Surrey, a programme that combines service design and social technology to bring about organisational change. Cllr Dr Andrew Povey was instrumental in instigating this work and he will be joining us as one of our speakers on Sunday. Cllr Povey is currently the leader of Surrey County Council.
And finally, we a really chuffed to have Rishi Saha, Regional Director (Australia, Middle East, Africa, South & Central Asia), Hill & Knowlton to be joining our panel. Rishi was, until recently, Head of Digital Communications at Number 10 (under Cameron) and Head of New Media at the Conservative Campaign Headquarters (CCHQ). Rishi has also stood as a parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party.
The meeting on Sunday will not be following the same old traditional fringe meeting format of speeches from the front, followed by questions from the audience. It will driven by the audience. Our speakers will be listening to everyone share examples of “innovative approaches to engage citizens and communities in democracy” – the ones that excite them and the ones that they hate – before sharing their own thoughts and experiences. We hope you can make it to Manchester at 6pm on Sunday and join in. No conference pass needed, and (in case any further incitement is needed) drinks will be provided.