Monthly Archives: November 2010

What’s happening on Saturday in Belfast

Tweet We had over eighty people along for the Political Innovation event in Edinburgh on Saturday. Slugger O’Toole has a write up here, and Bruno Panara has pulled together a good timeline using Storify here.

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Who’s coming to Political Innovation in Edinburgh on Saturday?

Tweet We asked people registering to tick a few boxes. Those questions aren’t that easy to read and some are cut off on Eventbrite’s reporting display, so here are the questions in full from the registration system: It’s about as … Continue reading

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Citizen engagement exchange

Tweet This is a guest post by Mick Phythian. In many ways, it makes a similar point to the series of essays on this site entitled ‘What Politicians Need to Know about social public information’ – but a good deal … Continue reading

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Full details of the Edinburgh event confirmed: Here’s the Need To Know…

Tweet Here’s the NTK for Edinburgh Political Innovation (below). The main plenary session at lunchtime has been confirmed: Can Scotland harness the power of its own blogosphere?

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What politicians need to know about social public information pt4: Lessons from effective hacktivism

Tweet Enlightenment thinkers were wide awake to the dangers of direct democracy as demands for the franchise increased. The concerns raised by thinkers such as Burke, Mill or DeTocqueville remain very pertinent to the discussions around the idea of The … Continue reading

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Changemakers shouldn’t design a better world. They should design better feedback loops

Tweet As a motto, it’s hard to beat, isn’t it? It’s not ours either – it’s Owen Barder’s. Read all about it here.

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What politicians need to know about social public information pt3: Breaking public sector info-monopolies

Tweet We’ve seen that it’s possible for manufacturers to rely upon social spaces to do their marketing for them with minimal input from themselves – and how the benefits of doing so can outweigh the advantages of the controlled message. … Continue reading

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Edinburgh event on Saturday: Attendee breakdown (so far)

Tweet By the time you read this, we will have probably had more than 100 sign-ups up for the Political Innovation Edinburgh event. Sign-ups were asked to provide a small amount of information about themselves to help us to ensure … Continue reading

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What politicians need to know about social public information pt2: How commercial monopolies were broken

Tweet If you like gadgets (I do) you will be familiar with the way that users research and buy them. Imagine you are a hi-fi enthusiast or an amateur photographer. You want to buy a new amplifier or a camera. … Continue reading

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Political Innovation event poster – designed by thinkpublic

Tweet One of the Political Innovation essays has come from Ivo Gormley – director of the Us Now film and one of the team at the service-design agency, thinkpublic. A few weeks ago, they contacted us and offered to do … Continue reading

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