Date: 23 October 2014
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:
Steve Clift Founder and Executive Director of E-Democracy.org
Dan Jellinek Founder of Headstar and Author of ‘People power’
“Wired” councillors sharing their experience:
Councillor Tim Cheetham, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board
Councillor Liz Green Opposition spokesperson for Policy, Kingston upon Thames
University of Westminster
309 Regents Street London W1B 2HW
2pm – 5pm
(registration starts at 1.30pm)
Huge thanks to Professor Graham Smith for hosting this event at The Centre for the Study of Democracy, Westminster University.