The session will feature both inspiring stories and practical lessons from a very experienced panel, on best practice in using the web and social media to engage with constituents, voters, local party members and marginalised communities.We’ll be discussing:
- Engaging with your local party group for free, using open source tools
- Using email effectively as a rallying cry to supporters
- Using the web to support neighbourhood groups
- Reaching out to marginalised communities online, including refugees.
The speakers will provide practical advice and original insights with the audience will be able to apply directly in their work. There will be plenty of space for discussion of the issues and questions to the panel.
- Luke Bozier: Managing Director, MyCllr.com
Luke Bozier is a leading innovator in online political, non-governmental and public sector communication. Luke has worked for government departments, advised two Prime Ministers and worked on a presidential campaign in Afghanistan. He is now working full-time to find new & more effective ways to utilise the web in local government & activism.
- Claire Spencer: Chamberlain Forum
Claire is based in Moseley, south Birmingham, and currently works with local think tank and social enterprise Chamberlain Forum, mostly focusing on co-production and sharing the expertise of local volunteers. She also chairs the Birmingham branch of the Fabian Society, as well as Sustainable Moseley, an award-winning sustainability group.
- Paul Dimoldenberg: Labour Group, Westminster City Council
Paul Dimoldenberg is the leader of Labour’s group on Westminster City Council. Paul was first elected in 1982 and has led the Labour group between 1987 & 1990 and since 2004 until today. He led the team that uncovered the notorious Homes for Votes and 15p cemeteries scandals and worked closely with the BBC to expose the council’s go-slow in collecting the surcharge owed by Shirley Porter.
- Nick Micinski: Migrant & Refugee Communities Forum
Nick Micinski works at the Migrant and Refugee Communities Forum (MRCF) in West London coordinating their Digital Activism Project. This series of training courses teaches activists and leaders within diverse communities about digital tools and social media so that migrants and refugees themselves lead the work to bridge Britain’s ‘digital divide’.
- Anthony Langan