Interesting admin job (temp)

We’re looking for an admin assistant, ideally for the next four weeks, to work on I’m a Councillor, Get me out of Here! You would be overseeing part of our (innovative! groundbreaking!) online event where teenagers talk to real live councillors. You can find out more about the event on Read more…

The Secrets of Success in I’m a Councillor

I’ve now finished writing up the I’m a Councillor 2007 evaluation report (which you can download from our website). It’s been fascinating looking in detail at the feedback and the questions that were asked. Although of course I was there for the whole event, while it’s on I’m caught up Read more…

Sleep, at last

Well, we’ve just about recovered here from the whirlwind two weeks of I’m a Councillor, Get me out of Here! AND the last few weeks of manic organisation before the event. Tbh, we’re in a bit of a post-adrenaline lull, doing all the clear-up with markedly less enthusiasm and pep Read more…

“What’s the difference between a supermarket trolley and a Councillor?

A supermarket trolley has a mind of it’s own." This little gem was provided by Cllr Richard Brodie from Dumfries and Galloway Council in a Live Chat this afternoon on www.bigvote.org.uk.  He also provided us with a couple of poems which I’m sure he won’t mind being published here: Dalbeattie, Read more…

“She’s alright, she is”

As everyone knows about consultation, it’s important to have the full feedback loop. We can’t expect young people to take IAC seriously, and get passionate about taking part, if it seems like no-one REALLY takes any notice. So I asked the councillors from last year to tell me what difference Read more…

MySpace join in

MySpace are the latest web 2.0 giant to, errr, jump on the politics bandwagon. They’ve introduced a channel for 2008 US presidential hopefuls, called Impact. It’s not bad, although Rudy Guiliani needs to re-think his page as his profile is set to private. Only people who he’s added as a Read more…

IAC 2007 is ready for action!

After an initial hiccup with the printing, the IAC 2007 information packs are now done. They look great, if I do say so myself. So information packs are now ready, for councils who are interested in taking part. Get in touch with me on 01225 869413, or sophia@gallomanor.com if you Read more…

Think Local, Act Global

This year we are running an international version of I’m a Councillor alongside the 30 plus UK councils already signed up to the event.  In the second week of the fortnight students will be able to also access a second version of the site where they will be able to Read more…

Fountain of Youth for Councillors

The LGA’s first magazine are hopefully running an article in September about what it is like to participate in I’m a Councillor from a councillr’s perspective.  In pulling together some material for the article I came across this quote from Cllr Pat Todd in Canterbury. "I found the experience rejuvenating. Read more…

Budapest Bulletin II – continued

One of the discussions that should have occurred at the event is now happening on the blog of the lovely Antonia Bance.  I met Antonia at the event.  She is a Councillor in Oxford, new to the job and comes across as really passionate about what she believes in.  She’s Read more…

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