Sign and Co-sign

Here’s a neat little trick. Those who signed up to Barack Obama’s campaign website (as I did to take a nose around, even though I’m not a US citizen), have just received an email asking them whether they want to “co-sign” the healthcare reform legislation that President Obama signed up to this morning.

“OK,” I thought, “must be some sort of in-advance petition effort to hinder any attempts to repeal the reform.” I clicked through the link (to this page) and was rather surprised to see:

I tell you what, Guv

YouGov have just launched a new service called TellYouGov. Simply by sending an email, a text, or adding a #tellyougov hashtag to your tweet, your well-crafted opinion can be added to YouGov’s live stream of thinkery.

Here are the top five comments at the moment I’m writing this:

  • Conservatives: Stop Giving Our Power to Europe!
  • Katie Price: Empty
  • Work: It’s just rubbish isn’t it.
  • Colin Firth: Well deserved Best Actor Bafta. Three cheers for Colin!

A job description for a mayor of Providence

Providence, Rhode Island (state capitol of the smallest state in the US) is about to elect a new mayor, and an organisation called Uncaucus is trying to “find the right person for the gig”. They have posted a job advert on their website, and propose to

challenge assumptions about what it means to be Mayor, get more citizens involved in the hiring process and encourage new candidates to step forward.

Council or community?

In an excellent overview (Digital engagement governance – a dichotomy between hyperlocal or partnership managed), Michele Ide-Smith sets out the pros and cons of handling community engagement projects through councils and partnerships, or through more organic local community media approaches: Council /