Strategy and the UK General Election 2015

Image: Poor taste or poor strategy? A mug bearing one of Labour’s 2015 election pledges. I’m interested in the role strategy played a role in how the parties behaved in the General Election that has just concluded. Strategy – when it is done well – gives organisations a clear answer to the question: how can…… Continue reading Strategy and the UK General Election 2015

SNP make history with the social web: Change, design thinking and social media

The story of how the SNP subverted an electoral system specifically designed to keep them from gaining a majority in the Scottish Parliament elections a few days ago is one which rewards closer attention. There are valuable lessons here for anyone interested in politics, the social web and activism. More broadly it is about disrupting…… Continue reading SNP make history with the social web: Change, design thinking and social media

Uncertainty (and the certainty of Wikileaks coming to your organisation soon)

The introduction to a blog post by Charlie Beckett about the US State Department’s dilemmas and dealings with the Wikileaks affair more or less articulates something I’ve been mulling recently: how can organisations respond to some of the more extreme effects of the web: Authority hates uncertainty. Big business and government feel safest when life…… Continue reading Uncertainty (and the certainty of Wikileaks coming to your organisation soon)

On revolutions: two blog posts that stopped me in my tracks

Two blog posts – one notes for a Newsnight feature that never got made, the other an academic paper – made a deep impression on me when I read them last week, and have stayed with me since. I’ve recommended them on Twitter and to anyone whose will listen. For me they together mark a…… Continue reading On revolutions: two blog posts that stopped me in my tracks

May Day in Albion: will future historians declare the 2010 election for social media and the people?

How will future historians look back at the UK election of 2010? We don’t know, of course, but the primary sources will be more than the letters between politicians, the newspaper reports and memoirs of the politicians. They will probably use the data-mining skills that will be commonplace then, possibly refined for the academic researcher…… Continue reading May Day in Albion: will future historians declare the 2010 election for social media and the people?

Always look on the brightside of the downside…

Being utterly besotted with the web, and especially the social web, as I am, I tend dislike nay-saying about its significance, and the manifold benefits this thing will bring to society, the world etc. You know the sort of Daily Fail nonsense: Facebook gives you cancer, Twitter rots your brain, bloggers never meet real people.…… Continue reading Always look on the brightside of the downside…

Edge of a riot: Social media, balance and truth in the news

When I was a student in 1994 I was on the front cover of The Indpendent the morning after a riot outside the Houses of Parliament. The image was of a grimacing, dreadlocked fellow’s grimacing face lunging over the line of police shields. (No, that wasn’t me…) The picture spoke a thousand words. It told…… Continue reading Edge of a riot: Social media, balance and truth in the news

Let he who is without a web shadow cast the first stone

Image: Photoshopping Obama into Rasta colours might not be a plus point if you’re applying for a job at the White House… According to The Economist, applicants for jobs in the new Obama adminstration are undergoing rigorous background checks, including submitting “a history of their activities on the Internet, including copies of any emails which…… Continue reading Let he who is without a web shadow cast the first stone