Category Archives: Campaigning, protesting and demonstrating

The Greens may be surging, but the next bit could be tricky for them

Summary The challenges of rapid expansion in a short space of time At the end of my civil service career I went through the opposite – the largescale downsizing of an organisation numbered in the thousands. The Green Party judging … Continue reading

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Five months of mainstream media election coverage

Summary …and even the politics obsessives like me find this a depressing scenario Matt Frei of Channel 4 News is spot on at 4m37s …and then goes for the jugular at 5m00s An utterly depressing political exchange which felt like … Continue reading

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What impact can you have in the May 2015 elections?

Summary Some thoughts on how you can take part in this year’s elections – even if you are not a supporter/member of a political party, do not have the vote or don’t rate the candidates standing in your area The basics … Continue reading

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Community conversations in the run up to the 2015 general election?

Summary How can local political parties make themselves available for face-to-face conversations with voters, potential supporters and fellow activists beyond door-to-door canvassing and organised hustings? This post stems from a number of conversations I’ve had with activists of various political … Continue reading

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Community reporting in 2015 – could you give it a go?

Summary …including new apps, new tools, and encouraging more people to try it out themselves 2014 was an eventful year for me as far as learning new things and doing things for the first time was concerned. Standing for election … Continue reading

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Cambridge Hub turning ideas into actions

Summary Taking a ‘Be the change – Cambridge’ problem to Cambridge student activists…and watching them run with it Some of you may be aware of the Volunteer Cambridge event that the Cambridge Hub is organising for Cambridge City Council on 28 … Continue reading

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There’s more to unlocking democracy than campaigning alone

Summary Sometimes it takes someone to turn up to events and report from and/or film them. Here are the results: Result in the Queen Edith's by-election: Ahammed (Lab) 790 Bower (Con) 614 Chalfen (Green) 222 Sanders (LD) 933. Viki Sanders duly elected. — CambridgeCityCouncil (@camcitco) … Continue reading

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Cambridge Climate Vigil, Climate March, Scottish Referendum

Summary Ramblings on three events – one local, one Scottish, and one worldwide The world ain’t a happy place at the moment – has it ever been? I watched the Scottish independence referendum through both the mainstream and social media … Continue reading

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GCSE Results Day

Summary Comparing then with now. I stumbled across this blogpost which nails it. Same stuff, different year. Commentators moaning about exam standards not being as tough as they were in the good ol’ days. Back in the mid-1990s I was ambushed … Continue reading

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A day digital filming in Cambridge

Summary Living and learning with my introduction to digital filming class For Cambridgeshire-based people, Hills Road are running an Introduction to Digital Film Making on Weds evenings from September – see here. It also sits nicely with An introduction to … Continue reading

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