I was looking forward to attending both, but I’m going make neither. Illness in the family.
I want to apologise to Alex Stobart in particular for dropping out because I was due to be leading one of the sessions.
At both events I wanted to make some time for discussing the issue of political will for engagement, and more specifically online engagement.
Is there the will amongst our politicians to involve the people of Scotland in the democracy of the nation, I believe there is. But it’s a will that is blocked, by what I’m not sure – it could be party politics, it could be resources, it could be a cultural thing. And if we figure out what the block is – well, what do we do about it? What is the vision of the e-enabled Scottish polity, what is the role of the elected representative and how can we as citizens, activists, practitioners and critics support them and hold them to account?
This issue is key. I’ll be interested in what the speakers and the delegates at both events have to say on the matter.
It’s been an enjoyable 12 months at Dog Digital. I’ve really appreciated the time back in Scotland, personally and professionally.
It heralds big change. A change in location. A change in the pace of work. A change in the pace of life too.
I am also going to making some changes to my blog and blogging.
I’ll keep you updated.
The Scottish chapter of 4iP got its official launch yesterday evening in Glasgow.
Presentations were delivered by Stuart Cosgrove, Tom Loosemore and Ewan McIntosh, respectively 4′s Head of Nations and Regions, Head of 4iP and 4iP’s Digital Commissioner (Northern Ireland and Scotland).
There was nothing about the practicals of the fund that couldn’t have picked up from visiting the 4iP website, but it would have been good if you wanted to get a handle on the ‘personality’ of 4iP. And it’s this personality, this approach to conducting 4iP, that is all important.
When Tom and Ewan spoke they repeatedly returned to the idea that 4iP was about ‘stirring things up’ and ‘making trouble’. The language and the tone was counter-cultural; under their stewardship, 4iP is setting out to challenge conventional business models, form innovative partnerships and disrupt the norms of commissioning.
It won’t be easy. But I like it.
Interesting story about the using mobile phones to combat Taleban propaganda in Afghanistan… but poorly reported. Listen to the audio it’s hilarious!
Last Thursday I gave a presentation on eDemocracy in Scotland for Urban Learning Space in Glasgow’s Lighthouse. This is the first opportunity that I’ve had since then to post about it – things have been pretty busy (that’ll be obvious from the irregularity of the posts on this blog).
It was first public-speaking gig since November last year. I had quite enjoyed the lay-off (for a while there it felt like I was doing one every week) but I really enjoyed getting back into it – although there was definitely a bit of rust. What felt particularly good was the chance to speak about Scotland, its experience of eDemocracy and what might happen in years to come. It’s a subject that is never far from my mind but I’ve had few opportunities to present on before this.