CivicSurf aims to inspire and inform civic leadersabout the benefits of blogging. We’ve filmed 3 Norfolk County Councillors as they’ve learnt the basics of blogging and used their sites to initiate conversations in and around their communities. The eight minute film also includes the views from expert bloggers such as Tom Watson MP, Steve Webb MP and Cllr Mary Reid. It will be distributed on DVD to 1,000 public bodies including councils, emergency services and NHS Trusts along with copies of a 32pp booklet that informs readers of the basics of blogging.
I coached the three councilors over several months and wrote much of the documentation for the booklet.
One topic I don’t ordinarily cover when first talking about leadership blogging is the role it can play in crisis management. I did today, however, since A) it’s one of the services that Himle Horner offers to its clients; and B) I heard the news reports on the drive to their offices about the shootings at Delaware State University, wondering if the school’s administration would be using a blog as part of the crisis response. (Not. Press release only.)
The Global PR Blog Week (now defunct?) had a post back in July, 2004 on blogging in a crisis that, along with the attached comments, seems to hit all the reasons for using a blog as a complementary crisis management tool.
I did a video tele-conference presentation on community/citizen journalism this morning for the Blandin Foundation’s Broadband Initiative program. Audience members were primarily coordinators in rural Minnesota whose communities had recently gotten broadband internet access with Blandin’s help.
A handful of people gathered at the Northern Dakota County Chambers of Commerce office in Eagan where I did the presentation. Another two dozen or so were scattered about the state in a half-dozen locations. Click photos above to enlarge. The photos were taken by Gregg Scott, CTO for InfraSupport, who handled the tech setup for the video conference.