Are you ready for something completely new?
Introducing the “Facebook Native Politician” … meaning someone on Facebook from their teens or college days now entering elective public office. Facebook user first, politician second.
In my view, Minneapolis has the most exciting 24/7 “Facebook” engaged City Council in the world.
With this embryonic case study, you can decide for yourself, explore the lessons, and adapt them to your community.
This unfolding story is about what happens when you elect seven new city council members with an AVERAGE age of 33 who are Facebook Natives. This is combined with 6 returning council members and a new Mayor who in their own right are also quite social media savvy and engaged online with their constituents.
This is no longer a story of using social media to gather votes and then going silent once power is gained. This “engagement generation” sees things differently.
You may have heard about #pointergate. Now check out the deeper context of social media engagement in Minneapolis public and political life and join our live online Hangouts and Facebook Group topic to share Facebook engagement stories from your elected representatives around the world.
Join In Live Online
- Special Google Hangouts with Q and A/Chat – on “Facebook Native Politicians”
- Discuss via Open Government and Civic Technology Facebook Group – on this topic
- Invitation for Elected Representatives Only
- Join our special PRIVATE Facebook Politicians Online Group to exchange ideas and advice on using Facebook to engage your constituents. Share what works or questions you have. You will be asked to confirm your elective office.
- Based on interest we will explore more options for lesson exchange among politicians
- Further Efforts: If your organization wants to explore research and convening on this exciting topic,
Watch the half-hour presentation by E-Democracy Executive Director Steven Clift hosted by Involve with the University Westminster’s Centre for the Study of Democracy (Clift starts at 5:15):
Google Slides (includes updates)
SlideShare (as of Nov 18 2014):
About this event/presentation:
- Social media and local representation: the end of a love affair?, Sonia Bussa, Involve
- Could social networks affect democracy?, Dan Jellinek, Author of People Power: A users guide to democracy
- Is community tech stalled? Or just become Facebook?, David Wilcox