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Councillor James Cousins on Blogging and Twitter Pt. 1

COUNCILLORS BLOGGING: BEGINNER Part 2 here Dear readers, This is the 1st part of my interview with Councillor James Cousins, the 2nd part will feature a Q&A. Cllr. Cousins is a Conservative councillor for Shaftesbury ward in Wandsworth since 1998.   He has also been a member of the council’s executive as Executive Member for Regeneration and Community Safety, responsible ... Read More »

LGEOResearch is proud to introduce: Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

Dear Lovely and Respected Readers, I have been MIA earlier today, no updates, no tweets and no emails. I was ill with a bug and had to take 2 pain killers because nothing else worked. So I was knocked out most of the day (I’ve never been unconscious 1 whole day.. not productive, not a good feeling…) . But I’m ... Read More »

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Wikis and blogs as instruments for citizen participation List and status of UK Local Council Twitters as of 18th December 2008 Democracy 2.0: Seven Guidelines for Government Leaders Generation Firewall: Local authorities resistance to social media in the workplace Wandsworth Council victim of identity fraud on Twitter? Read More »

The Groundswell Video by Charlene Li

Charlene Li is a vice president and principal analyst at Forrester Research. She is one of the driving forces behind Forrester s Social Computing and Web 2.0 research. Author Charlene Li visits Googles Mountain View, CA office to discuss her book Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies. This event took place on October 15, 2008, as a ... Read More »

MyGovernmentIdea: A ‘Social Government’ with ‘Social Proof’?

WARNING: This post is hot out of the oven and comes with a new idea. 😉 Taking a break from local gov posts… I woke up this morning and the term ‘social government’ sprang to mind. With all the efforts of ‘getting social’ with citizens, isn’t this what everyone is striving to achieve? Just imagine, government ‘socializing’ with us down ... Read More »

Wikis and blogs as instruments for citizen participation

While doing this research, I often remind myself not to get lost and blinded by the gleaming new opportunities offered by technology. Being someone who is possibly technology bias, sometimes its hard not to be ;-p But with the impressive social media initiatives that some councils are diligently working on (even over the holidays and way into the night), for ... Read More »