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Fighting people with facts only makes them cling to their beliefs more strongly, further polarising our damaged societies. Different tactics are needed, and they start closer to home than you think. I probably wasn’t the only person working in EU communications who thought that Euroscepticism could be beaten by reasoned argument. Like many, I suffered… » read more

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The permanent banning of uber-troll Milo Yiannopoulos from Twitter was probably long overdue. It’s time for non-trolls to stop complaining and start defending civility in our social spaces, or simply decamp to build better ones. (image: NextWeb) I’m not here to argue the rights and wrongs of this particular case (for what it’s worth, Yiannopoulos… » read more

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  Do people really want to have a conversation with brands, or their government? [Note: At last, a chance to bury the lede in a blog post. I started this post during my 2012-13 blogging hiatus, never finished it and then forgot clean about it. For reasons that will become clear, I’ve just rediscovered it… » read more

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“Why don’t we just build our community on Facebook?”. Some thoughts after a month playing with Knowledge Hub. [Notes: Reposted from Knowledge Hub – see disclaimer, below. Join me this Thursday in a Hangout-on-Air with Ezri Carlebach and Charlelie Jourdan on the ‘Rapido’ conference technique, visual communications and whatever else strikes our fancy] A short… » read more

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An organisation which cannot remember cannot learn; an organisation which cannot learn cannot improve. Sometime during the EuropCom conference, I found myself listening to someone explaining how the Commission is reorganising the EUROPA site along thematic lines. “But the thematic portal architecture was adopted in 2001,” I said. He hadn’t heard – he’d only been… » 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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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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If you care about EU democracy you need to care about European media, particularly as the upcoming US media invasion gets underway. They’ll be pushing on an open door when they get to Brussels. Anyone interested in the Internet and/or media and/or democracy should have followed the development of media business models since at least… » read more

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As I mentioned in my previous post, the past couple of years have seen a lot of innovation in online content strategy, coupled with growing disenchantment with “Big Internet”. These trends triggered my return to blogging, so I thought I’d start with an overview. The Rise of Longform Across the pond, the past few years… » read more

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