Last week, TweetyHall attended a reception in the Palace of Westminster to celebrate three years of Lords of the Blog, a collaborative blog written by members of the House of Lords.
The motivation for peers to take up blogging is both similar and different to councillors. Similar in that both want to engage members of the [...]
This article was first published in last week’s Local Government Chronicle (in print and online) along with articles on the recent Local by Social Midlands event we supported LGID to run with Coventry City Council as well as the thoughts of Martin Reeves, Chief Executive at Coventry. The times they are a-changin’. Social media and [...]
If you can’t make it along to this event in Coventry, sign up here to be the first to know when tickets are made available for upcoming Local by Social events in the north-west, north-east and south-west of England The delegate list is filling up fast for the Local by Social Midlands event, to be [...]
Coventry City Council will be hosting the first regional Local by Social event on Friday 12th November 2010. To book a place at Local By Social Midlands you just need to register your details here. If you would like more information about presenting at this, or any of the Local By Social events please contact lucy [...]
Two new FutureGov projects which have taken off in the last month are the TweetyHall blog and our online social media guide for councillors on the 21st Century Councillor site…
On the 6th of April Gordon Brown announced the official start of the election. As we are faced with the most uncertain result for a generation we have the very real opportunity to reflect and respond to the nitty gritty of the parties policies- and find out the issues that mean most to us…
Talking over matters of urban design, city governance and the social web with Mark Charmer, Lorenzo Wood and Joe Simpson at lunch yesterday (as you do), I stumbled on a way of describing what we are seeing around us and what I expect we will se far more of in the coming decade, what I called the move from the privitasation of public space to the re-socialisation of public space.
Swindon are working with the Leadership Centre for local government and FutureGov to explore ways of using new methods of on and offline engagement to help councillors to engage with local communities in new and interesting ways as part of the 21st Century Councillors programme. Here, Gavin Calthrop from Swindon Borough Council explains a bit about the project and how it fits into Swindon’s wider aspirations as a forward thinking local authority.
“More meaningful engagement with local people is one of the key principles of our Connecting People, Connecting Places programme. The future of public services lies in more collaboration with local people and enabling active participation in decision making and service delivery at a local level…”
Are you interested in ePetitions? Perhaps you run electronic petitioning tools for a local council, or are involved in analysing the results? Do you build tools for governments to use to help citizens petition it more effectively? Or maybe you’re a keen hacker who wants to see these tools built in transparent and effective ways? My name is Andy Gibson and I’m working with Futuregov and Particitech to create a simple set of data standards for all the UK’s local government ePetitions…
The Conservative Party will launch later today their very own take on My.BarackObama.com (or MyBo for short), MyConservatives.com. Timed to be released ahead of next week’s Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, ‘MyCon’ (or even #MyCon, as it’s bound to become known on Twitter) provides a very British take on Barack Obama’s revolutionary approach to online campaigning and organising. Developed in conjunction with global digital media agency LBI, the Conservative Party will no doubt be hoping the site can achieve the same profile and uptake as its American counterpart, fêted as one of the driving forces behind Barack Obama’s historic win. Equally LBI will no doubt be looking to reach the legendary status of Blue State Digital, the people behind MyBO, in the new media world.