On Saturday 2 October the Parliament will hold the second Communities Conference, at Holyrood here in Edinburgh. It will be aimed at local, community based, voluntary and charity sector organisations, social enterprises, and other civic groups.
Its purpose is to engage with local groups who do not normally appear on the parliamentary radar.
The aim of the conference is to ‘skill-up’ local communities and to encourage and empower them to take the necessary steps to engage meaningfully with their MSPs and their Parliament.
The focus of the conference is very much on practical advice and guidance – looking at what works (and what doesn’t) in terms of parliamentary engagement. Speakers and workshop facilitators will include MSPs, hopefully including Scottish Government Ministers, successful campaigners, journalists, as well as Parliament staff whose remit is to facilitate and develop engagement opportunities
You can find out more about the conference on its page here.
Wanted: politically aware social media advocates
There will be a series of workshops in the afternoon, one of which will be on social media (2.00 – 3.30 pm). This will offer some practical hands on work of how to go about setting up a blog or other useful campaign tools and also discuss how social media can be utilised to share information about your campaign and get people involved.
The focus of the day is very much on practical advice and learning. There will be a petitioner on board who will give a brief summary of his approach and experiences in using online/social media (websites, blogging, FaceBook, Twitter etc.) in order to raise awareness of the issues surrounding his petition and to answer questions and give guidance to attendees on how they might best learn from his experiences.
I’ll probably be on the panel to talk about how social media can work with the political process and the Parliament in particular – but I think it would be really cool to involve one or two of the many social media types that are based near Edinburgh … please get in touch with me if you’d be interested and I’ll see what I can do.
Added bonus: Patrick Harvie MSP (@patrickharvie) has agreed to chair the panel.