What does signing an online petition actually mean?

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Jon Worth's presentation to IABC Belgium, 15th October 2013. Trying to separate the signal from the noise when making online petitions.

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What does signing an online petition actually mean?

  1. 1. What does signing an online petition actually mean? Jon Worth | @jonworth PPT: j.mp/iabcpetitionsPPT (15mb) | Slideshare: j.mp/iabcpetitionsSS
  2. 2. “Meh” “Pointless waste of time”
  3. 3. Full video: Clay Shirky – Rethinking Representation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2GyPniW2eM
  4. 4. Even a click took someone a few seconds…
  5. 5. …but how do you separate the signal from the noise?
  6. 6. Make something physical
  7. 7. Put people on the street
  8. 8. Use the European Citizens’ Initiative
  9. 9. Allow for personalisation
  10. 10. Make demands finite and narrow
  11. 11. SMART objectives for the web 1. Specific – Objectives should specify what they want to achieve. 2. Measurable – You should be able to measure whether you are meeting the objectives or not. 3. Achievable - Are the objectives you set, achievable and attainable? 4. Realistic – Can you realistically achieve the objectives with the resources you have? 5. Time – When do you want to achieve the set objectives?
  12. 12. Not all signatures are equal – this is not just a numbers game
  13. 13. Email and online petitions have reduced barrier to entry Problem is now separating signal from noise Think of the person on the receiving end Recap
  14. 14. Creative Commons Images Ethernet Cables http://www.flickr.com/photos/skreuzer/508996746/ Bee http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamtreesha/7894625598/ Hugh’s Fish Fight http://www.flickr.com/photos/emcmillanscott/7186180227/ Tap http://www.flickr.com/photos/54799099@N00/4816226411/ Drought http://www.flickr.com/photos/mundoo/317488203/ Cat with tongue http://www.flickr.com/photos/60812857@N05/6022291281/ Digger in snow http://www.flickr.com/photos/wsdot/5936748035/ Schaake http://www.flickr.com/photos/aldeadle/7557446200/ Shark Fins http://www.flickr.com/photos/25802865@N08/8414942193/ ACTA march http://www.flickr.com/photos/48740995@N03/6863723819/ Power Station http://www.flickr.com/photos/freefoto/3844250043/ Greek Poverty http://www.flickr.com/photos/v1ctor/4743268722/ Ballot Box http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/2571377481/ Bee keepers http://www.flickr.com/photos/wohack/3727252089/ Tractor http://www.flickr.com/photos/thelastminute/123890324/ Crop scientist http://www.flickr.com/photos/iita-media-library/4557461701/ Green voters http://www.flickr.com/photos/76254519@N08/9451815555/ Screaming http://www.flickr.com/photos/ritamika/5220236802/ Vattenfall Climate Case from http://publicaffairs2point0.eu/2008/10/28/spring-comes-early-to-place- luxembourg-or/
  15. 15. What does signing an online petition actually mean? Jon Worth | @jonworth PPT: j.mp/iabcpetitionsPPT (15mb) | Slideshare: j.mp/iabcpetitionsSS

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