Monthly Archives: September 2012

Joining up the dots in Cambridge

Summary More observations to throw into my CambridgeL!VE project Some of you may be aware that I’m playing around with an idea that I call CambridgeL!VE. (Have a look at that link). My view is that Cambridge as a place … Continue reading

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For just one day…

Summary What would life be like for us men if the media portrayal of women was reversed, and it was men portrayed in such a way? The brilliant Hollie McNish asks this question in a very powerful poem. Powerful, passionate, … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating | 1 Comment

Authenticity-washers hijacking social media?

Summary How one workshop during London Social Media Week left half the room disgusted. I learnt a harsh lesson when I spent a year in banking between my A-levels and university in the late 1990s: money could not buy me … Continue reading

Posted in Business economics and finance, Social media | 3 Comments

Total Politics Magazine – an interesting spotlight on lobbying

Summary What Total Politics’ advertisers tell us about political lobbying. I remember being delighted when Iain Dale launched Total Politics Magazine a few years ago. A politics magazine that covered Whitehall and Westminster from a non-partisan perspective, that could bring … Continue reading

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“Oi Dave! I’ve found Big Society – it’s over here!”

Summary Why David Cameron’s idea of “Big Society” never took off…and why we need to look much deeper – all the way down to basic political literacy It took me a year to get round to joining, but better late … Continue reading

Posted in Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating, Charities and Big Society, Education, training and exams, Law and legal issues, Party politics, Public administration & policy, Social media | 4 Comments

Four professors and a dragon fairy

Summary Why academics need to engage with policy-making, and how using social and digital media can help them. I was invited to host a social media workshop and contribute to a panel at the University of Bristol’s Policy and Politics … Continue reading

Posted in Data, science and statistics, Education, training and exams, Public administration & policy, Social media | 2 Comments

Has Nick Clegg’s apology made things harder for Lib Dem activists?

Summary What now is the Liberal Democrats policy on university tuition fees? Puffles put this question to Liberal Democrat President Tim Farron on Twitter. So the abolition of university tuition fees is still party policy, even though in Nick Clegg’s … Continue reading

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Engaging in politics – but on whose terms?

Summary While political parties and groups try to impose the terms on which people will engage, they will struggle to keep people involved. Party conference season has already begun – it began with the Greens over the weekend just past. … Continue reading

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The first two digital videos

Summary The first fruits of our work Have a look at our first digital video guides covering Facebook and blogging with WordPress. Many thanks to: Kate McAlpine Martin ‘Dave’ Young Nyika Suttie Alice Sheppard And to all of you that … Continue reading

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Future digital video projects

Summary Some ideas that we have had for future projects Alice, Dave, Nyika, Kate and I threw some ideas against a blank canvas following our work on the first three digital video projects on introducing Facebook, introducing Twitter and introducing … Continue reading

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