Birmingham city council is making great strides with the way it uses lightweight web tools (like wordpress) to communicate and create space for conversation.
The first round of the Big City Plan consultation led to a group of us (led by Jon Bounds) producing Big City Plan Talk – an independent volunteer built site designed to encourage online conversation about the council’s plans for the city centre.
Now the council is using a similar approach to make it easier for people to comment on the plan as it evolves. Great step forward.
As the awards site itself says:
Who do you think should win the first ever Midlands Media Awards People’s Choice Award?
This award will recognise an individual or group that has used social media tools to make a difference.
The four candidates are the Brum Bloggers Social Media Surgeries, the Big City Talk site, the 4am Project (in the lead as I write) and the Black Country Facebook Group. Other things could have been nominated, but I think these were the only four submitted (I nominated the surgeries).
Whatever you do, please vote. The Birmingham Press Club and Raffaela Goodby at Birmingham City Council have taken the time to notice interesting digital/civic things are happening in Birmingham. It’s worth a moment to acknowledge that and get involved.
Use this link to support the one you prefer.