Digital democracy: some quick and easy ideas
Following up on my earlier post on tweeting meetings, here are a bunch of quick, easy – and probably free – ideas for getting started with digital engagement.
I put them together for a conference talk today on how local councils – parishes and towns – can use digital communications, along with more traditional approaches, to reach and engage with more people. The conference was a joint effort by the Norfolk Association of Local Councils and the Society for Local Council Clerks.
The point I was trying to get across is that there are some small actions you can try with minimal risk, need for knowledge, cost and so on – but which could have a really positive impact on participation levels.
The list includes:
- Tweet a meeting
- Start an email newsletter
- Map your parish
- Ask for ideas
- Verify a decision
- Run a web chat
- Hold a Skype surgery
- Become your local area’s online hub
The slides are embedded below, or you can download a PDF if you’d rather.