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Do we have aEuropean Online Public Sphere?   Mathew Lowry, GOPA-Cartermill          @mathewlowry        mathew.blogactiv.eu
We do have an    EU Public Sphere     TheBrussels Bubble   (#bxlsbbl)
If …• you know  – what EUR-LEX is  – how to navigate EUROPA• you’ve already forgotten  – what „subsidiarity‟ means  – what...
So what‟s a Bubble?• “a community of           Community  people who share a         of Interest  common interest or  pass...
Putting things in perspective                                #bxlsbbl!
The EU online public sphere emerges …  The            EurogeeksBrussels Bubble                       Bloggers
Facebook to the rescue!Social media will  – reconnect the EU to its citizens  – revitalise democracy  – solve the energy c...
BloggingPortal.eu: mapping the   EU Online Public Sphere                     • 950+ blogs                     • EU-oriente...
… and grows somewhat   The          Eurogeeks Brussels  Bubble                       Bloggers                 Social platf...
A subset of the       Brussels Bubble• Community of Interest• EuroGeeks  – Speciality: EU Affairs  – Social media• Smaller...
Bridges in the Blogosphere
EU Online Public Sphere• Infrastructure: carries the conversation• Media landscape:  – Sustainable & Independent• Not crea...
Many ways to build bridges
Everyone‟s interested in something         Outreach: Europe Joining          specialist conversations                     ...
Everyone‟s interested in something     Europe Curating & Convening        cross-EU conversations                          ...
Networks Help• Building bridges on existing relationships  easier  – access national-level communities of interest  – brin...
THANKS FOR YOUR TIMEmathew.blogactiv.eu@mathewlowrymlowry@gopa-cartermill.com
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Do we have an EU Online Public Space?

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A short presentation I was asked to make at the EU's economic and social committee in May 2012. It was a slidecast (PPT synched with audio recorded at the event) until Slideshare removed the audio ;(, . Original accompanying post here:
http://mathew.blogactiv.eu/2012/05/09/introducing-the-brussels-bubble-to-some-of-its-denizens-rtfb-part-2/

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Do we have an EU Online Public Space?

  1. 1. Do we have aEuropean Online Public Sphere? Mathew Lowry, GOPA-Cartermill @mathewlowry mathew.blogactiv.eu
  2. 2. We do have an EU Public Sphere TheBrussels Bubble (#bxlsbbl)
  3. 3. If …• you know – what EUR-LEX is – how to navigate EUROPA• you’ve already forgotten – what „subsidiarity‟ means – what the EESC is – how many Presidents there are• … then you’re in the Brussels Bubble – Communities no longer bounded geographically
  4. 4. So what‟s a Bubble?• “a community of Community people who share a of Interest common interest or passion” Antiques Science• Professional and/or Personal interest Hi Fi• Commonly: EU Affairs – Knowledge, Jargon Butterfly – Personal networks collecting – Groupthink? “Everyone‟s Interested in Something”
  5. 5. Putting things in perspective #bxlsbbl!
  6. 6. The EU online public sphere emerges … The EurogeeksBrussels Bubble Bloggers
  7. 7. Facebook to the rescue!Social media will – reconnect the EU to its citizens – revitalise democracy – solve the energy crisis – bring world peace – repair your fridgeDon‟t vote for it, LikeTM it! Like a EuroCrat today!
  8. 8. BloggingPortal.eu: mapping the EU Online Public Sphere • 950+ blogs • EU-oriented posts – Categorised – Rated – Disseminated onwards • Volunteer
  9. 9. … and grows somewhat The Eurogeeks Brussels Bubble Bloggers Social platform denizens
  10. 10. A subset of the Brussels Bubble• Community of Interest• EuroGeeks – Speciality: EU Affairs – Social media• Smaller than the Brussels Bubble• Talking to themselves
  11. 11. Bridges in the Blogosphere
  12. 12. EU Online Public Sphere• Infrastructure: carries the conversation• Media landscape: – Sustainable & Independent• Not created by decree• Ecology: emerges when conditions right – participants get something out of it – in return for putting something into it• Faces vicious cycle (chicken & egg) problem
  13. 13. Many ways to build bridges
  14. 14. Everyone‟s interested in something Outreach: Europe Joining specialist conversations National conversation on a specialist topic
  15. 15. Everyone‟s interested in something Europe Curating & Convening cross-EU conversations National conversation on a specialist topic
  16. 16. Networks Help• Building bridges on existing relationships easier – access national-level communities of interest – bring EU expertise• So is the EESC well placed to – Convene, Stimulate & Facilitate – Cross-EU conversations on EU policies?
  17. 17. THANKS FOR YOUR TIMEmathew.blogactiv.eu@mathewlowrymlowry@gopa-cartermill.com

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