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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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I freely admit: I’ve been a fanboy of the UK’s Government Digital Service (GDS) since studying their design principles. Those principles are still good. Everything else, it turns out, was not. I was not the only information architect in Brussels dazzled a few years ago by GDS’ approach which, according to internal reports seen by… » read more

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I’m going to try to break the habit of a lifetime this [morning/lunchtime/evening] and actually attend a physical [conference/workshop/seminar/PRpissup] about the EU and social media, something so self-evidently oxymoronic that I’ve often been tempted to drop the ‘oxy’. But, life being what it is, I probably won’t make it due to [family issues/overwork/rampaging gerbil infestation].… » read more

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The following is a longer version of an article I published recently in NewEurope. If 2010 is the year when Brussels started taking social media seriously, then 2011 may be the year when Brussels realises that the biggest social media challenges are old, not new. Combining social media and EU affairs is not new –… » read more

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(When) Does EU blogging matter?

A Twitter conversation between two much-followed EU-oriented bloggers over the weekend caught my eye. I won’t identify them as you need to follow them on Twitter to see their tweets. It started when one asked whether anyone out there “still thinks that blogging is in any way likely to have an impact … why should… » read more

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Constructive discussions generally require good discussion documents. One of the Commission’s major contributions to any European online space should therefore be a EUROPA that supports the conversations – setting out What it (and the EU) does, Why and How it does it to the ‘interested public’, in their language. A pilot project explored one way… » read more

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