The non-aligned Northern Irish blog Slugger O'Toole is inviting Scottish bloggers, political activists and ‘hacktivists’ to a conference on social media and politics at Edinburgh University’s ‘School of Informatics’ on Saturday 13th November – 10-4pm. It is for all political persuasions and none, and the organisers are particularly keen to get people along who want to find out more about social media and campaigning.
The impact that Twitter, Facebook, and blogs will have on Scottish politics will be explored in a series of workshops. And best of all it's FREE to attend thanks to the backing of NESTA and Channel Four.
Slugger is organising the event in association with Left Foot Forward, Lib Dem Voice and The Daily Telegraph. It's designed to help politicians and social media experts understand how politics is likely to change in the face of new media developments.
Organiser Paul Evans of Slugger O’Toole said:
“This event is for anyone who has ever asked themselves “why is politics still done like this?” No matter what your allegiance is, there are lots of innovations that we can all welcome and support that could restore trust in politics and politicians – as long as politicians understand how they can work.This event is for people who are active in politics as much as it is for social media activists. We’ve got innovators from all over the UK who have posted ideas that they’d like to bring to Edinburgh for this event. But it is an ‘unconference’ event – we don’t have many fixed speakers or agenda items – at our conferences, the attendees shape the event.” [seehttp://politicalinnovation.uservoice.com/forums/84565-help-us-create-an-agenda-for-edinburgh-political-i]
That means you suggest ideas and if enough people are interested, it's a goer. I've asked to discuss whether bloggers can ever compensate for the failure of the mainstream Scottish media to positively engage with ideas around independence. The event will include discussions between politicians, bloggers and journalists about the future of democracy in a networked age.
For more information on this event please call Paul Evans (07973 714206) or Mick Fealty (07984 150399) or email email@example.com – tickets are free of charge and can be booked using the website at http://www.politicalinnovation.org/events