Networked Councillor Report Launched
Networked Councillor Report Launched

The East of England LGA working with Public-I have been developing a new project which looks at how to best support elected members so that they are effective in an increasingly online world. The final report has now been launched - read it here.

It articulates the challenges and opportunities that face local politicians operating in an increasingly networked and digital society. The suggestion is that such a society requires a Networked Councillor embodying key qualities of: openness, digital awareness and co-production, in order to reach and respond effectively.

It lays out the evidence to support the view that elected members need to be comfortable and effective in the online space and highlights the need to develop new models of training, mentoring and support to help support this aim. 

The report will be formally launched on Friday at the East of England LGA Assembly, alongside the launch of a new pilot programme with Suffolk authorities designed to take the principles of Networked Councillor and put them in place in a real council environment.

A taste of the programme

The Networked Councillor programme is designed as action learning, so that councillors can build their own skills, understanding and digital footprint.  It will be delivered through three workshops.

The theme of each will be:

  • Understand your digital footprint and current network
  • Develop skills to shape that network and manage debates online
  • Develop skills to influence your network and lead effectively in this context

Following the programme, councillors will be:

  • Able to integrate social media into their workflow
  • Able to measure and understand their digital footprint and have made informed choices about the tools that they are using
  • Actively influencing others online
  • Actively managing their online networks and reach

This will also be supported with technical skills training and officer support as well.

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