Today we streamed the Norfolk Green Strategy conference from the King’s Centre in Norfolk, so participants unable to attend in person could still engage with the conference.
Norfolk is under great pressure from global warming, given that even a relatively small rise in sea levels will flood areas of East Anglia. This pressure is ever increasing since Scientists revise their estimates of how quickly this will happen on a seemingly monthly basis, and not in our favour.
Sometimes, the mounting evidence of how the Earth is really going into meltdown gets overwhelming, so it was inspiring to hear positive ideas of how we can rethink how we live our lives to be have less impact on the environment.
The key moment for me was when asked whose responsibility was it to lead climate change, the room was unanimous that it was our responsibility as individuals to be more environmentally conscious, not something that should be left to government.
The leaf is one of the pledges that attendees made to signify their intention to help address these issues.
Yesterday we filmed at the eVoice conference, held in Norwich. Was a very interesting day, lots of talk about how to make eDemocracy work.
The key event, of course, was the premiere of our latest project, the CivicSurf documentary. It’s a documentary following three local councillors as they set up and run blogs to communicate with their local constituents. This will be posted online shortly.
Moving politics into the internet world seems to have a lot of success, but also can be hard to implement. More thoughts later, as we have two projects to deliver today!
I spent a few days in Norwich, filming for the Cllr 2.0 project. I met up with three of the Cllrs and filmed them talking about local issues, then filmed some general footage around Norfolk. The bitter cold wasn’t condusive to long periods of filming, but I got some okay stuff.
One thing that struck me while talking to the Cllrs is how much their job is about people. Talking to people. Negotiating with people. Trying to work out what people want. And it also struck me how far away from that blogging can seem, with all the computer savvy you have to have to make a blog sparkle and how it can be incredibly alienating when you’re desperately trying to talk to someone through your blog and you’re not sure anyone’s actually listening.
I hope the Cllrs can overcome the initial “techonofear” as one put it, and get to grips with blogging, and I hope they find their audience. I think the audience is out there, it’s just getting the public awareness.