On October 2, 2008, local E-Democracy.Org volunteer leaders and participants from Bristol, Brighton and Hove, Oxford, and Newham along with e-democracy/community empowerment/social media experts from around the UK will be gathering at Oxford Town Hall. We hope to gather 15-20 people for a highly interactive and dynamic exchange. Steven Clift the founder and leader of E-Democracy.Org who is based in Minnesota will be leading the first two sessions.
The event is free, expect you’ll need to cover your own lunch.
Also note the informal pub gathering the evening before on Oct. 1 @ 19:00 in Headington.
The Oct. 2nd agenda – you may RSVP via our wiki for those parts you plan to attend below.
* 1. – 9:30 – 10:30 – Issues Forums Introduction and Training (Pre-Conf Session, Slides available)
* 2. – 10:30 – 12:30 – E-Democracy.Org UK – Input and Ideas for Citizen-based Local Issues Forums and E-Democracy in the UK – Plotting our future
* 3. – 12:30 – 14:00 – Networking Lunch (location TBD, pay own way) – An opportunity to get to know each other informally
* 4. – 14:00 – 15:30 – Discussion: Future of Local E-Democracy for Online Community Empowerment – An open and broad discussion post-ICELE on what should or could happen next in the UK to foster greater local public participation and community engagement using the Internet in councils, media, and the community and voluntary sector.