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Eight things we learned from the ‘social media’ election

The General Election was - most people agree - a bit of a surprise. First off, the Conservative party defied the polls to win a slim majority in the Commons. Second, a fair few analysts who had talked of this being a 'social media' election were left scratching their heads... Before the 7th of May we had headlines like ...

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Networked Councillor Update

Way back at the beginning of summer I blogged about my first experience of the Networked Councillor programme. This is a programme designed to give elected members the tools they need to effectively communicate, collaborate and co-produce with their communities in the digital world. When I joined the company, Networked Councillor was being delivered to ...

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The Lancashire Hotpots and police and crime commissioners

A few posts ago we wrote about the pop video brought out in Lancashire to remind people about the elections for Police and Crime Commissioner elections in November. A couple of weeks ago I spoke to Naomi Walker, head of community engagement at Lancashire Police Authority, where the video was dreamed up as parf of the ...

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Making a song and a dance about the Police and Crime Commissioner elections

It doesn't matter how important you accept the advent of the Police and Crime Commissioners are, the prospect of voting in a new political post to oversee police forces in England and Wales has hardly captured the public's attention. It's a point that's been made before, but there's a risk that, come the 15th of November, ...

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Open practice: what it means to us

We have been discussing an idea that we call 'Open Practice' within the team here at Public-i and we wanted to outline what we mean by this and start to share it a bit more widely. I have written recently on my own blog about what I see as a need to consider being open as ...

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