I seem to have written that as the subject line of a great many emails today! So why not a post?
On Thursday, 4th December 2008 – midday, I am hosting a meeting, wrong handle…, hosting a ‘thing’, about how departments will consult policy online and how we might help policy groups choose the most effective channels available (in light of transformational government) to engage/inform (gulp).
The background to why this event is happening is:
- that online communication has moved on at a speed that organisations/public sector would struggle to keep up with
- adoption of social media as a communication tool in the digital world has been aggressively successful
- transformational government: website rationalisation
The problems we are looking to address are:
- how can those involved in developing policy in this democracy ensure that they can engage effectively online with those people either affected by or interested in that policy
- what are the most effective channels for digital engagement in the ‘website rationalised’ world
This started as a very small discussion amongst those I knew in the public and private sector who were great at this kind of thinking, an informal chat that would offer up some interesting grist for our overworked mill. I blagged favours and felt rather chuffed that I had so many great people agree to come.
It has grown into much more than that, as obviously there is much interest in this, and it is a huge opportunity not to be wasted: having so many stonkingly brilliant people together in the same room for two hours.
Why am I posting? Why do I want help? Well, I thought that those of you who read this blog are obviously also interested in this kind of stuff and thought that it would be a bit rude not to include you.
So, two things, send me, by email or post here:
1. Questions/thoughts that you think we need to address in such a meeting
2. Ideas/links to innovative ideas you have on consulting policy online
Special thanks to Sarah Goulbourne and Will Jones from Tom Watson‘s office for helping at the last minute with a suitable venue; Oli Barrett for an invaluable telephone conversation about tips on getting the most value out of this session; Steve Moore for offering his facilitation skills; Mitch Sava for agreeing to present and Tiffany St James for focusing my mind (as ever).