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Councillors and Social Media Part 2 – Blogging

One of the first things any councillor should do to engage online with residents is to get a website of some sort. This will help people to find you, know what you are up to and to get in touch. Continue reading

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Why are Localism Bill can help Councillors

One of our new modules in the Modern Councillor catalogue is on the topic of the Localism Bill, which undertook to change the law to shift power away from central government and towards local people. Continue reading

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Councillors and Social Media (Part 1)

If there is one thing we are always being asked about at Modern Councillor, it’s how councillors could make use of social media. Continue reading

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How councillors can combine online and offline communications effectively

Social Media offers many interesting possibilities for councillors to communicate and engage with those of their constituents who use Social Networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. Like the blended learning approach encouraged by Modern Councillor in which training is not … Continue reading

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Low-cost online learning for Elected Members, Webinar Resources

If you weren’t able to attend Modern Councillor’s first webinar on low-cost online learning for Elected Members, you can now catch-up below on the resources from the webinar. The webinar was  completed by, Dave Briggs, Learning Pool’s Community Evangelist, and  provided … Continue reading

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Training resources for Polling Station Staff

Modern Councillor is brought to you by Learning Pool, the online learning community for the public sector. A great advantage of this is that we are able to share with Modern Councillor subscribers resources created by our customers around local democracy. Learning … Continue reading

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Are you ready for the Alternative Vote referendum on 5 May?

On Thursday 5 May 2011, there will be a referendum on the voting system we use to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Learning Pool has created a free and comprehensive e-learning module all about the Alternative Vote in time … Continue reading

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Encouraging Councillors to Elect Social Media

The recent GovCamp York/Humber saw the first session held at the GovCamp events aimed specifically at elected members and their use of Social Media. Ken Eastwood, Assistant Director, Barnsley MBC, describes the reasons behind the session- “In thinking about the … Continue reading

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Big Society: app stores & hyper local democracy

David Wilcox has been doing a great job documenting the discussions around theBig Society agenda, which according to the website, is an organisation being set up by frustrated citizens for frustrated citizens, to help everyone achieve change in their local area. … Continue reading

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Guidance for blogging councillors in Scotland

The Improvement Service, which – according to its website – supports “Scottish Local Government and its partners to deliver better outcomes for communities”, has produced a guide for councillors on how to use blogs as tools for communications and engagement. … Continue reading

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