Civil Society Media Seminar - EESC


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  • The insider – outsider divide
    What am I here? An insider because I am on this panel? Or an outsider because I am not working for an institution? And does that change when we leave our workplaces?
  • “Saw your blog. Found it cheap and self serving”
    Peter Spiegel – bureau chief of the Financial Times
    The first – and last – blogger to ever go on one.
  • Best ever case: a blogger (me) and a journalist (Ariane Sherine) changed the face of atheist debate. Explain the story.
  • But the British Humanist Association assumed they would get a boost in membership. They didn’t.
  • Cases like the primary to select Hollande, and GreenPrimary – where does this leave insider / outsider in political parties too?
    Also mention the Nikki Brooks case in Labour here – social media gives the power to see in, but not to be.
  • Are you representing your organisation in social media? You as an employee of the organisation? You personally? You, privately or annonymously? Draw out these points here.
  • I took the train to get to Brussels. Night train København – Köln, and ICE from Köln to Brussels
  • If I’d booked it: €138.70
  • EESC had to use a travel agency. I was not allowed to book it. They did it wrong, then finally when they did it right, the cost was huge. How do we change that mentality?
  • It goes right to the top. When Merkel said this, has she ever actually needed to rely on the internet to organise her everyday life?
    Experience with young politicians in the UK – compulsively Googling themselves, but not seeing the network potential.
    Every day, every human can do more and more and find out more and more, without the intervention of another human.
  • This is pretty obvious for people in this audience.
    I’m no more senior than any of the people here, and you are not more senior than me. We build a network among us here today, we then go away and do our own thing.
    But that’s not how the political world works.
  • Join. Participate in the local committee. Region. National. Spend years going through the system. It’s your years of service, not your ability.
  • And so you apply this to politics? The Pirates!
  • “pre-figurative action”
    “the attempt to practice the kind of democracy that the participants imagine” – essentially the organisation, the network, is the end in itself
    See: Mary Kaldor
  • What do Grillo and Farage have in common?
    They have realised that full party hierarchy is a headache, a burden, and have tried to reduce it. Both are at least flatter hierarchy movements than traditional parties.
    But what happens as the parties grow, are subjected to more scrutiny? Collapse, or professionalise, or Pirate-style network? Look at what is happening to Grillo locally, and the problems UKIP has with racism among its activists.
  • So what about our friend in Italy, Beppe Grillo?
    Many of you are probably groaning just by seeing him
  • The UK has its own Grillo – Nigel Farage
  • The pressure group networked model
  • Neo-nico-tinoids - bees
    7 petitions! In German alone!
    And a temporary neonicotinoids ban
  • Hugh’s Fish Fight
  • European Citizens’ Initiative – first to get 1 million “Water is a human right”
  • But what if you’re on the receiving end? Conversation with Marietje Schaake
  • This week, I’ve received thousands of e-mails about shark finning, she said to me. What am I supposed to do with those? I do not deal with anything to do with animal rights. And how do I know these people?
  • But for climate change
  • And for poverty in Greece, we have no meaningful action.
    Specific – Objectives should specify what they want to achieve.
    Measurable – You should be able to measure whether you are meeting the objectives or not.
    Achievable - Are the objectives you set, achievable and attainable?
    Realistic – Can you realistically achieve the objectives with the resources you have?
    Time – When do you want to achieve the set objectives?
  • Home Affairs
  • “A solitary decider”
  • Story 1: Credible commitment (and the lack of it)
    Silvio Berlusconi. Like him or loathe him, he polarises
    He pitched up to a European Council summit in December 2010
    Time for a social media bonanza thought the press service of the Council…
  • But as a citizen this is what you would get if you were anywhere near the building!
  • So what do a bunch of nerds do?
    They game the system, forcing the experiment to be turned off
  • It’s based on the famous story of in the UK – being too open
    This poses problems and opportunities for politics – what is the value of 1000 e-mails, in comparison to the value of 1000 letters
  • Civil Society Media Seminar - EESC

    1. 1. Whose side are you on?
    3. 3. Who I? am
    4. 4. Nimble online activity vs. hierarchical structures
    5. 5. Hierarchical Networked
    6. 6. Hierarchical
    7. 7. Networked
    8. 8. Flatter hierarchy
    9. 9. Pressure on the hierarchy
    10. 10. Citizen Reporting
    11. 11.
    12. 12. Credible Commitment
    13. 13. Creative Commons Images Ethernet Cables Revolving Door London Atheist Bus BHA sign Aubry Hollande Covers Face / *Zara DK train ICE train Merkel Commission Building Occupy Piraten Grillo Farage Bee Hugh’s Fish Fight Tap Schaake Shark Fins Louis Michel Power Station Greek Poverty TGV UK Passport Malmström Silvio Berlusconi Belgian Security Twitter on Phone Justus Lipsius Press Room Spliff Barroso / Thorning, and MacBook Pro pictures by Jon Worth
    14. 14. Recap Are you an insider or an outsider? Nimble networks challenge hierarchy Importance of citizen reporting, and credible commitment