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Liz talks to Steven Clift from at the Personal Democracy Forum Conference 09

This interview covers the following issues and questions: Steven talks about his most recent project - Neighbourhood to neighbour engagement. Steven talks about how local authorities get involved within this online neighbourhood. Citizen to citizen engagement and value. Does the local authority make themselves known as an authority to the public within the online community? Mix of email and online forum. What are the main tools that you use? People need to choose their own technology. What does it mean to you to have an open government? Read More »

Liz meets “The Man Behind Apps for Democracy, Peter Corbett” – CEO of iStrategy Labs on the streets of NYC

I met Peter while I was in NYC attending the Participation Camp (PCamp) and Personal Democracy Forum 09. Its funny how it might seem that I just bumped into him on the street but actually we were on our way back from PCamp and walking towards the subway when I asked Peter if I could do a quick video interview with him. And he was kind enough to agree to do so eventhough the rain was starting to pour ! (Thank you Peter!). We talked about alot of different things. Read More »

Twitterplan: The Newest Mashup in UK Local Government

I managed to catch up with Stuart Harrision/Pezholio this morning from Lichfield District Council to ask him about his new exciting development/mashup called Twitterplan. You can listen to the telephone interview here. Just in case you wondering who else is working on some exciting mashups, have a look at Warwickshire Councils R&D website. They're working on some interesting projects with me in the near future. You could find their Web Services and API Dump here. Look out for a post featuring their projects here on LGEOResearch soon. Read More »

A compilation of citizens mixed reactions on UK local councils on Twitter

This post features a compilation of citizens mised reactions on UK local councils on Twitter. There's videos, twitter status image, audios and some other exciting conversations. Read More »

Video: Liz meets Stephen Dale at Layden House, London

About a week ago I met up with Stephen Dale at Layden House in London. It was such an honour to finally get to meet Steve after months of admiring his work in local government.  Steve has published a couple of articles which you can find below. We had a lovely and insightful chat about the role and challenges of ... Read More »

Participation Literacy

We are now living in a new age where the Internet is not just another source or another tool. Its become our way of life. People will not only learn to read, write and do maths in school. They will need the knowledge to deal with our changing culture today. We are not all just consumers anymore. What skills do ... Read More »

Learning from Your Neighbourhood Networks Online

Feat. NEWSLETTER FEAT. INTERVIEW WITH HUGH FLOUCH FROM HARRINGAYONLINE.COM DOWNLOAD HERE So, this post officially launches my first PDF newsletter featuring Hugh Flouch from Hope this interview with Hugh will raise more awareness on the positive impact of community websites such as and encourage healthy partnerships with local councils 🙂 YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE NEWSLETTER HERE. Other ... Read More »

Interview with Lichfield Dictrict Council on Twitter Usage

Straight from the Horses Mouth Lichfield District Council Planning Twitter: Twitter stats followers: 19 Twitter stats updates: 138 Twitter Fact: Lichfield DC is one of the councils who have setup a twitter account for a specific service (Planning Apps). An interesting approach to using Twitter for local councils. Definitely one to watch! This interview was conducted with: Stuart Harrison ... Read More »

Lichfield District Councils Innovative User Generated Content (UGC) Approach to using Flickr

Lichfield District photo from Steve Lightfoot We currently have 23 members and 332 photos in the group  pool, which, given that I only started the group in October is pretty impressive! The community existed before the group and operates outside the council, but they do have regular meetups to take photos (the last one was in the city centre to ... Read More »

Councillor James Cousins on Blogging and Twitter Pt.2

Yesterday we introduced talked a little bit on how Councillor James Cousins started blogging. This post feature some Q&A’s on his blogging activities. What do you wish to achieve through blogging and is it any different from traditional methods of engagement? Ideally it will be a source of information for residents and provide a channel of communication. There are a ... Read More »