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This week NHSCitizen – one of the case studies I brought to my EuroPCom 2015 workshop on online communities – holds its first NHSCitizen Assembly, where the NHS Board meets citizens to ActionPlan the participants’ top 5 priorities. Time to summarise the Hangout-On-Air I had on NHSCitizen with the Democratic Society‘s Anthony Zacharzewski. NHSCitizen is… » read more

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This post provides the content from my EuroPCom session on online communities, plus some takeaways and extra links. I might follow it up with a Communities 101 post, as I was surprised by how many attendees had not heard of some of the fundamental concepts. In summary Firstly, a simply incredible executive summary composed by… » read more

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I recently had a great live Hangout with Ezri Carlebach and Charlelie Jourdan to discuss visual communications, taking risks and creating energy in conferences. [update, 21 October: skip down to ‘Risks and Rewards’ to find out more about how the ESA’s Head of Communications managed to pull off the ‘Ambition’ campaign]. In the leadup to… » read more

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How do you extract maximum value from a conference presentation or workshop, both for you, and your audience? I don’t attend conferences much. Too often, the speakers are overpaid opera stars who never show up to rehearsals, fly into town the day of the opening, are wheeled onto stage at the right moment, sing in… » read more

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Apart from the Online Hangout (24 September, 16h30 CET), a new online community just opened for public sector communicators across Europe. In preparation for my EuroPCom workshop on online communities next month, one of my speakers (Steve Clift, aka @democracy and a White House Champion of Change for Open Government) and I are getting together… » read more

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My EuropCom 2015 workshop on online communities is taking shape. (Update: view all slideshows and key takeways from the session) According to the EuropCom2015 site it’ll be held after lunch on Day 1, and will cover: Convening and managing an online community is an extremely effective way of achieving communications goals, but will probably fail… » read more

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I need three speakers for a EuropCom2015 workshop to share their thoughts on convening and managing communities in the context of public communications and policymaking. The following throwaway remark on Linkedin landed me with the task of setting up a workshop at EuropCom 2015: “I’d suggest combining “Setting-up and managing online communities” and “The power… » read more

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What happened when 60 odd people had a go at the Participation mindmap? The Europecom session went well yesterday, judging by the Tweets. I’d never even been to an event run on World Café lines, so thank goodness the others knew what they were doing. In the end the mindmap – which started out as… » read more

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After months plagued by unresponsive servers (and their administrators) and crashing hard drives, results from the first tests of applying the ConTEXT semantic engine to the BloggingPortal reboot are in, just in time for EuropCom 2014 this Wednesday. Ron Patz (@ronpatz) will present our findings – and the reboot project in general – at a… » read more

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On October 15th Anthony Zacharzewski (@anthonyzach) of the Democratic Society and I will facilitate an EuropCom 2014 WorldCafé session on improving citizens participation in EU affairs. This post is my personal Call for Ideas – if you have good or bad examples, ideas of what works and what doesn’t, I want to hear them. [Update:… » read more

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