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Late last week I went along to the East of England Local Government Association Strategic Leaders Meeting at the fine offices of South Cambridgeshire District Council in that impressive new town just outside Cambridge called Camborne. I was there to represent Suffolk County Council, and to present one of the Agenda items – the Networked Councillor Report, commissioned by the East of England LGA and written by Public-I; and to talk about the launch of its next steps – the Networked Councillor programme, which aims to tackle the challenges and opportunities that face elected members operating in an increasingly networked and digital society.
As I have previously blogged the report lays out the evidence to support the idea that we need all our elected representatives to be comfortable and effective in the online space and recommends the need to develop new models of training, mentoring and support to help councillors be effective in a digital and…
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I’m afraid it’s been a while since we last blogged here – what one might describe as an extended summer recess! Well, a summer recess for the blog, but not for the project – as the team at East of England LGA and at Public-i has been hard at work planning the future of the project and finalising the report.
Only a few minutes ago we were asked when the final version would be ready – and the answer is now. I’ll update the Scribd as soon as I can, but here’s a PDF for everyone to be getting on with: Networked-Councillor-Report-Nov2013.
The report will be formally launched on Friday at the East of England LGA Assembly – where we’ll also be talking about the new programme designed to take the principles of Networked Councillor and put them in place in a real council environment. The Networked Councillor programme will be available for councils to undertake – and is designed as action learning, so that councillors can build their own skills, understanding and digital footprint.
A taste of the programme
We’ll be writing a lot more about the programme in time, but briefly it’ll be for around 20 councillors and will be run over three workshop days. This will be piloted by Suffolk authorities. The theme of each will be:-
- Understand your digital footprint and current network
- Develop skills to shape that network and manage debates online
- Develop skills to influence your network and lead effectively in this context
Following the programme, councillors will be:-
- Able to integrate social media into their workflow
- Able to measure and understand their digital footprint and have made informed choices about the tools that they are using
- Actively influencing others online
- Actively managing their online networks and reach
This will also be supported with technical skills training and officer support as well – but I promise we’ll be telling you more in the near future!!