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[liberationtech] New Open Government and Civic Technology Facebook Group, Push to engage elected officials

Steven Clift clift at e-democracy.org
Thu Feb 6 09:55:48 PST 2014


Any tips on using Facebook groups to bring elected officials into your
movement or policy efforts?

My take is that it will be far easier to get elected officials to join
this than some other online group format online ... I want to create a
lightweight way for them to go from using social media to get votes to
identify themselves as part of the open government movement. If they
see other cities taking action, they will be more likely to say ... we
can do that too.

See:
https://bitly.com/opengovfacebookEL

Thoughts?

- Steve

...

We've launched a new bridge building Facebook Group on Open Government
and Civic Technology.

Join in:

    https://bitly.com/opengovfacebookEL

The key strategy is to connect an emerging generation of "digitally
native" elected officials with the open government movement.

All over the world, starting at the local level, candidates are using
Facebook aggressively to connect with voters and then their
constituents. Their instincts toward more open engagement are just,
that instincts.

To convert their excitement about communicating with constituents via
Facebook into adopting open data policies or ensuring political
decisions that lead to the release of X or Y data set, we need to
connect them with the broader open government movement and other
interested elected officials. Candidates making open government
pledges while campaigning are far more likely to push innovation
forward if elected than those who don't.

Using a Facebook Group and knowledge/inspiration hub is about
"location, location, location." It is just one click to join.

Since many of you are "friends" with a "wired" elected official or
political leader who supports more open government, once you join, use
the Facebook's invite/add feature to bring on those elected officials
and political staff you think would be interested.

Don't be shy. Facebook assumes that if your some one's "friend" you
can be trusted to add those friends to groups and then Facebook's news
feed and notification settings are designed to prevent them from being
flooded. Take the risk.

Also, civil servants and civil society groups are very very welcome
and will likely be the bulk of members. You are all very welcome.

Join from:

      https://bitly.com/opengovfacebookEL

Steven Clift - http://stevenclift.com
  Executive Director - http://E-Democracy.org
  Twitter: http://twitter.com/democracy
  Tel/Text: +1.612.234.7072



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