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WEBINAR - Using Social Media To Influence Policy

  • Sep 23, 2013 · 2:30 PM
  • Online Meeting

Following the Webinar by Steve Milton on the how video diaries can be used to gather qualitative feedback and influence policy, this webinar will take us one step further by looking at how social media in general can be used to influence policy. Social media is not just about engaging communities, it is also about engaging decision makers as well and the dialogue it can create between decision makers, communities and citizens important.

This webinar will be led by Antony Carpen and he will examine and discuss this relationship and how local authorities and communities can use social media more effectively to make better decisions.

Antony has also established himself as a blogger, maintaining his blog A dragon’s best friend. He specialises in, and focuses on policy-making and public administration. Antony also maintains the Twitter account Puffles2010 - thus his best friend is a dragon fairy.

After seven years in the civil service, Antony qualified to teach in the lifelong learning sector, developing and delivering an interactive and popular workshop titled An introduction to Parliament and Whitehall.

Antony believes that social media is important for influencing policy whether at national or local government level.

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  • Jonathan S.

    One has to be very close to the source of the organisation of the group whose policy one wishes to influence if one wants to be listened to.. My own experience of attending a Council Group was that of presenting a petition, one person was allowed to speak to the group and ask one question and then a vote was taken with various Councillors offering their views. Basically there is no debate with the members of the group who will take the decision. One could argue that this might change with time. I suppose I do have some sympathy with the restrictions here, it would be an almost endless process if one were to debate. It would turn representation into a full debate, as if the petitioner was a member of the Council group with a right to a vote. Perhaps that might be a position that should be an ideal goal - ie one was a party to decisions affecting one. It would turn representation into something more than a gloss on representation and accountability. Interesting opener webinar.

    September 24, 2013

  • Joanna S.

    The meet up was very informative. The presentation provided a good timeline of how social media has changed over the years which was very valuable.

    September 24, 2013

  • Francis S.

    Just to remind you that the login details for our Webinar this afternoon on Giving Communities A Voice Though New Media at 2.30pm is

    You can join this webinar by clicking the link and signing onto the webinar platform. It would be good if you arrived about five minutes early and also signed in with your name.

    September 23, 2013

  • Andria

    Will try and engage: not brilliant in space!

    September 19, 2013

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