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Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 01:30 PM
University of Westminster in London, United Kingdom

Facebook loving councillors

Steven Clift will present on the dynamic trend of "friending for office" and present a case study on a new crop of recently elected Facebook "native" local councillors in the Minneapolis who are using Facebook to engage constituents in meaningful exchanges on public issues literally multiple times a day. He has been working in e-democracy since the 1990s.

This is all part of an Involve event:

Social media and local political representation: a game changer or all hype?

Digital could mean a real opportunity for local politicians to improve and adapt interaction and engagement with communities so that the public is much more engaged on its own terms, through an approach that is less institutionally-focused and more citizen-driven.  But does it?

This event explores how new technologies and social media are impacting local democracy and the relationship between the networked councillor and the local community.  Developments in social media mean that in principle constituents can now count on many more immediate channels to access their political representatives and put their concerns and ideas directly to them. By the same token, local elected representatives can now use a low cost platform to communicate with their constituency as often as they like.

The event is conceived as a facilitated conversation between local policy actors, civil society practitioners and academics to discuss some key questions and draw lessons:

  • What are the implications of greater use of digital and social media for the relationship between councillors and citizens? Does it change the way representatives work and the way we understand responsiveness? Does it disrupt established practices and institutions? Or is it all hype?
  • Will new technologies widen the political space or increase populism? Will they create new forms of inequality in accessing power whoever shouts (tweets?!) more?
  • What new types of representatives are empowered?
  • How does this new unmediated interaction influence constituents’ perception of their local representatives?What lessons can be learnt from case studies in the UK and abroad?

Presenters incude:

and "Wired" councillors sharing their experience:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 07:30 PM

Oxford Pedestrians Association (OxPA) October meeting, jointly with Cyclox

"Justice, vulnerable road users and RoadPeace"  guest speaker Amy Aeron-Thomas, Executive Director of RoadPeace.
Those who have heard speakers from RoadPeace will never forget the power of their argument that road use is part of the inequity in society causing huge harm to those already less well off. Come along and hear how we can change things for the better.  http://oxpa.org.uk/

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