Social Media

Big Block of Cheese Day

Yesterday was Big Block of Cheese Day. For those of you who don’t know what that is, here’s a potted history: In 1837, in the foyer of Andrew Jackson’s White House, was placed a 1,400lb block of cheese. All who were hungry were invited to come to the White House and take a piece, regardless of ...

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Open policy making: what is it, and why does it matter anyway?

In a new series of blogs, Siobhan Farrell will be discussing the state of open policy in 2015. Over the next few weeks we’ll be discussing what impacts it can have, what the criteria for good open policy are and who is doing it well. This blog goes back to basics by looking at what ...

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Coming soon to a screen near you!

January 23rd 1985 was an historic day for citizen engagement when proceedings in the House of Lords were televised for the first time. Earl Stockton (formerly Harold MacMillan) gave a show-stealing critique of Government economic policies and the live broadcast of politics was here to stay. Traditionally there has always been a public gallery and for ...

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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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