"Thanks David - and hello again everyone! There are a lot of good ideas and resources starting to emerge here, so my main thought on this at the moment is that we should begin by pooling the resources that we know about. Perhaps we could bring…"
"Glad Hugh opened up the scope. Focusing on council-centric approaches versus council supported efforts for the benefit of the broader community is the root of why "local e-democracy" in the UK has not lived up to its early hype. To me…"
"Thanks Hugh. Have you got any tangible figures that relate to NIs 1-4 then, or is it more about qualitative progress in these areas? In fact, any general thoughts on how to measure impact for these tools would be great, evaluation is a bit of a dark…"
"Excuse the hiatus. Harringay Online is a project you could cite for impact on National Indicators 1 - 4 and some evidence that it's beginning to work for co-production.
It may also be worth your mentioning the study that Networked…"
"Thanks Geoff - nice to hear from you. There's a lot of great stuff happening in Birmingham at the moment.
I wondered if you could say something about how the Newsroom and other services have helped you deliver the core work of the Council? The…"
"I work in the press office at Birmingham City Council and – with the help of Birmingham bloggers like Nick Booth - we’ve developed an online newsroom: www.birminghamnewsroom.com.
Using wordpress, the site incorporates news headlines and…"
"Hi Hugh - no, anyone can be behind the projects, as long as the work delivered value against things which councils care about and need to achieve. So if there are citizen-led projects which have delivered value against council priorities, I think…"
"Hi Andy - great project!
One example in an earlier forum post here from Stephen Hilton in Bristol - use of social media for actions related to climate change.
Stephen is making the point that social media is good for supporting collective action ...…"
Hi everyone, happy new year to you all.As Ingrid mentioned this week, I'm writing a short pamphlet for IDeA and NESTA explaining the practical benefits of social media for councils and their partners. It's intended to be quick and easy to digest and show council officers how social media and other digital tools can be used by councils to meet their objectives in the coming years. I hope it will showcase the good work that's…See More
"Yes, thanks Ingrid, all very encouraging.
I'd obviously also welcome your views, either here or to me directly, on the key things local councils and other organisations need to know about social media in their work. I'm particularly…"
"I've used Surveymonkey successfully for http://mindapples.org and it's a great tool, particularly its 'collectors' function. However, as soon as you get over 100 responses the costs can really mount up and you can find yourself…"