Political Innovation - Edinburgh
Saturday, November 13, 2010 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)
For anyone who has ever asked themselves "why is politics still done like this?"
The Political Innovation project is a series of free-to-attend practical events at which people with ideas on political innovations can meet up with technical experts, journalists, bloggers, politicos and others with an interest in politics and public affairs. The event will allow to find about about innovative projects like these ones. You may even want to get involved in one of them.
Political Innovation is being hosted by The University of Edinburgh's School of Informatics.
Who is it for?
- Elected and prospective politicians and their staff
- Civil servants, public bodies and NGOs with an interest in policymaking
- Campaigners and public affairs specialists
- Political bloggers, activists and innovators
What is it?
- An opportunity to meet leading political innovators and discuss politically-literate ideas for change - perhaps to get involved in new projects?
- An opportunity to learn about how new communications tools are changing politics and policymaking
- A group of sidebar 'show and tell' sessions where existing projects, services and ideas can be demonstrated and discussed
- A local 'political bloggers meetup'
Promoted by Slugger Consults, this event is intended to help innovators find support for their ideas:
focus innovation on the need to make politics better – not just to compound many of the existing tensions in politics
involve the political class as participants rather than passive recipients of political innovation
introduce data / social media innovators to the political class and promote dialogue / understanding
++++++++++++++++The essays provided so far to the Political Innovation series will form the basis of the day, but you can still submit one of your own or start a conversation on the Google Group. Or if you have an idea that you want to introduce on the day, please bring it along!!
*Free Lunch* from the School of Informatics.
How's it all going to work on the day? This is an unconference-type event with a central space where early and late sessions will be held and in which the day will be mapped out and agreed among participants. We'll use break-out rooms, returning to plenary for expert presentations and short demonstrations by civic hackers and e-democracy specialists.
How's it all going to work on the day?
This is an unconference-type event with a central space where early and late sessions will be held and in which the day will be mapped out and agreed among participants. We'll use break-out rooms, returning to plenary for expert presentations and short demonstrations by civic hackers and e-democracy specialists.