Links: Support community engagement

First, something that’s for the community of people who already have a disproportionately large share in decision making:

  • Somebody had to do it. e-participation for the über-tech-literate. Might be a way of enrichening a campaign if the risks can be managed and geo-information can be included.You sign a petition by tweeting it, and other people can sign the petition just be re-tweeting it.The site needs just be used to start a petition. If you are re-tweeted, you get credit for the referral, and will show up in the “Smokin’ Recruiters” link on You target your petition to another Twitter user, so each time someone signs, the tweet shows up in their mentions. It’s insanely viral. Then, all the targeted person needs to do is click on the link and log in with their Twitter account to respond! then sends a DM to the person who started the petition to verify if it’s completed. We’ll be adding analytics, similar to what people have come to expect from email marketing. Extremely cool things are possible with Twitter analytics because nearly the entire social graph is public.

What wrong with letting the twitterati shout even louder?

The other three links illustrate organisations that try to engage and support people who often are excluded from the decision making process

  • The Citizenship Academy is a project created by Leonard Cheshire Disability in partnership with the Electoral Commission. The Academy aims to empower disabled people across Scotland to become more actively involved in their local communities, with an emphasis on learning about Scotland’s decision making processes and how they can be part of them.

    This website is a guide to the Academy; our aims, and the way in which the course equips disabled people with the confidence, skills and knowledge to get their voices heard.

    It is also a base for our existing students and graduates to share information and ideas with each other and the academy’s network.

  • Planning Aid for Scotland was established in 1993 to provide people across Scotland with information and support to engage in the planning system.

    Planning Aid for Scotland is:
    1. A unique and independent, national organisation that helps people to engage in the planning process.
    2. The leading voice on community engagement in planning matters, being professional, trusted, impartial and effective.
    3. An organisation that ensures people are involved in the changes which affect their local area and beyond.


About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
This entry was posted in Daily Links, e-democracy, e-participation, politics, UK. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s