Networked Councillor: connecting with your councillor (or council) online

This morning I came into work with the intention of writing a blog post about Networked Councillor. The idea was to try to say something meaningful about the project for myself. You can learn more about what that’s all about here. Anyway, I couldn’t think of anything particularly meaningful that hadn’t been said by someone […]

PCCs – and the new battle ground for local government

Over at Public-i, we’re interested in the developments leading up to the arrival of Police and Crime Commissioners later in the year. I thought it might be worth doing the occassional post on this – that offers a little commentary on the PCCs. This is because, as the debate between prospective PCC candidates grows, we’re […]

Building civil spaces online: Howard Rheingold

Last week I listened to a webinar interview with Howard Rheingold by the Pillar Summit’s Richard Millington . If I was working for a newspaper I’d probably call Howard a web guru – or an elder statesman of the Internet, or hang my reverence on some other cliché. But, after listening to him speak for […]

Brighton’s first social media surgery

Last night I attended the first ever Brighton Social Media Surgery – a rather special if small event that marks an important landmark for a number of reasons. For one, it’s the start of an important phase of the We Live Here project which is aiming to usher in a new relationship between the public, […]

Map of allotments in Brighton and Hove

Here’s a map on Google Fusion tables that I did a wee while ago to show allotments in Brighton and Hove… You can click on the dots to find out more information.

Adding to the Twitter map

I’ve realised that adding to the Twitter map for Brighton and Hove can be a bit of a pain, so I’m writing this quick post to explain to people an easy way to do it (which basically involves you telling me). If you tweet me (@andbwell) and include the hashtag #bhtwitmap, I can add stuff […]

Creating a Twitter map for Brighton and Hove

Quite by accident I appear to have started a Twitter map for Brighton and Hove. Hove, actually. (Sorry, this is an in joke, those of you don’t live here.) The map – which is currently useless, and will need other people’s help to get anywhere – is really just an attempt to straighten out who […]

Advertising on council websites – a few thoughts from the dark side

There was a really interesting conversation this morning on Twitter about councils advertising on their websites – which was started by Adrian Short (see his blog post, here, about his complaint to Nottigham City Council). I’ve tried to put the pertinent tweets together into a Storify, so that people can follow the debate. There’s probably […]

Mapping deprivation in Brighton (a first, faltering attempt)

For a few reasons I decided to keep out of the way at CityCamp Brighton. But I was still keen to try to do something with a bit of my time. Paul Colbran and the folk at Brighton and Hove released some data around postcodes and deprivation at the beginning of the conference, so I […]

The big society is a bit like… [add your thoughts here]

I think I might have become a fan of the Big Society. Not because I think it’s brilliant (although at least some bits of it do make sense), but because it’s incredibly difficult to describe. Things that are difficult to describe make life tricky for journalists and commentators (let alone civil servants and junior ministers) […]