Along with the ongoing London hustings, this At Large candidates group seems to have turned into the de facto place to debate the issues that will matter to the Fellowship Council going forward. Although this group has only a handful of contributing members, many more Fellows will be reading the discussion. And as we keep the debate up, the group will remain top left of the landing page, where even more Fellows will see it.
However, as Ed Whiting has pointed out on the comments wall below, there's an irony here: "The fact that so far we have been confined to talking amongst ourselves on a LinkedIn [/Ning] discussion thread is telling".
Andy Gibson, echoed by Ed, proposes a "proper communications plan" drawn up for next time, well in advance of the elections.
How do we create the opportunity for truly open, democratic debate? Maybe the 2014 election comms should be the first topic for discussion when the new Fellowship Council meets in September? If so, what would your key recommendations be?
Thanks Jemima- great idea to have some separate threads going!
Here's a few starters to kick things off:-
1. RSA promotion of the Fellowship Council elections as an opportunity to debate the vision, values and aims for the Fellowship- and a challenge to candidates to articulate their version of this (possibly through answering a few set questions as part of their statements?). This is as much about improving the quality of comms around the election, not the quantity of coms- although the latter would also be welcome!
2. Mini-polls run through the campaign period on specific issues connected to the Fellowship and FC- gauging engagement in the work of the Fellowship and election process, as well as giving candidates something to respond to.
3. Designation of a single landing page for each region's / at large candidates with a clear link from the Fellowship front page- including comments tabs for each candidate - although liberty to set up separate threads from this page.
4. Video hustings during the election period as proposed this time round (albeit a little bit late).
5. Anything that would make the format of the candidate statements a bit more engaging!
Interesting topic for thought and discussion, thanks Jemima. I've just been pondering on the on the "we have been confined" element of Ed's observation that "we have been confined to talking amongst ourselves on a LinkedIn [/Ning] discussion thread". Thinking about the elections in 2014, I strongly support a robust, multi-faceted digital strategy - with information online in various forms, the opportunity to debate and discuss online and/or via social media channels. However, I'm also not convinced that "we have been confined to LinkedIn/Ning', unless the context of the comment is in relation to a digital strategy only, as there are plenty of opportunities to meet Fellows, engage with RSA Networks, meet in person, have coffee, and chat and listen. In 2014 I'd expect a good bit of face-to-face communication to happen as well, particularly as I hope that the 2012 intake to the Fellowship Council will significantly grow and help mobilise more international, regional and local gatherings and networks. That's what I'm committed to and I'm also committed to getting out there to meet Fellows in various places, in person, as well as online.