We’ve now added a page on the blog called About Cllr2.0. We’ve tried to describe what the project is about. Have a read, leave a comment or question.
The point of this blog is to help promote the project. It gives us a chance to keep a wider group of stakeholders current with progress on the project and to allow any one, like you, who we’ve not me, to promote the project for us. We’ll post up useful things like the presentations and photos, logos, video clips etc. In time we’ll also use the blog to promote the end-product; a series of events that help inspire civic leaders around the country to use the internet to communicate with their audience.
One further role for this blog will be to promote the blogs of our Norfolk Councillors. They’ll be starting over the next couple of weeks and we’ll include them in our blogroll and pick out specific posts from time to time.
As part of the same introductory seminar on October 18th 2007 I was asked to provide an overview of the tools and technologies that were available on the internet to help councillors engage with their constituents. I condensed a long list (created with help from the DOWIRE membership) into 10 basic types. This Top Ten was ordered based on the control that the councillor had over the tool. No.10 (Community Tools such as WriteToThem.com) is completely beyond their control whereas No.1 (Blogs) is their personal space to develop as they see fit. For each of the tools I marked whether they were Good/OK for Talking To, Hearing From, Discussing With, Listening Into or Being There For: constituents.
Links for the Sites mentioned in the presentation are:
10. Community Tools: PledgeBank, FixMyStreet
9. Access Tools: WriteToThem
8. Community Events: I’m a Councillor, Get me out of Here, LifeSwap
7. Council Resources: ePetitions
6. Video: Webcasting, VLogging
5. Discussion Boards: Issues Forum, TalkSwindon
4. Email Lists: e.g. Nick Palmer
3. Instant Messaging: IMLocal, Skype, Windows Live Messenger
2. Social Networking: Facebook, MySpace
1. Personal Website: Static Page, Corporate Blog, Group Blog, Personal Blog