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Tech & Social Headlines: Big Data Warning to Obama

My top pick today is the MIT piece on the 5 Big Data warnings to President Obama from experts. It picks up on previous topics in my posts; technology is moving quicker than society can keep up.  The key recommendations are to improve legislation around technology and data – summed up by this quote from the […]

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Tech & social headlines: G+ & Twitter preferred by young US Democrats

The top pick today has to be the US study into the politics of social platforms. The study polled 3,058 young Americans finding that some social channels were more heavily republican versus democrat (and vice versa). Along with the link to the article below (including an interesting chart showing the comparison), I have also embedded the full #HarvardYouthPoll […]

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Daily social & tech headlines: Content is (still) king, long live the king

Two digital marketing how-to guides in my top picks today. The first from FastCompany provides an exhaustive list of tips and examples for any business to ‘find their voice’. The underlying message that comes across is around content. Good content is often the difference that makes the difference; from storytelling to refining your brand ‘voice’, it is a […]

An open call: Trains, disruption and safeguarding schoolkids

During the major Thameslink rail line disruption on Friday, I found myself sitting on a stationary train at my local station, frustrated like all the other passengers. As I finished emailing colleagues about the delays and finally got-over-myself for being annoyed at something unavoidable. I noticed a young child in school uniform, sitting alone and […]

What Have You Done?!

Last week a terrible decision was made for the District of St Albans that affects residents, our Green Belt and sadly put politics in front of people. On Wednesday 28th November, certain members of St Albans District Council decided to postpone the pre-submission of the Strategic Local Plan. This has enormous consequences for our District. […]

#Canvassingquestions – St Albans interviews – Michael Weaver (Harpenden West)

Why do I want to be a Councillor? I have been a Town Councillor for 9 years, which has been a great apprenticeship for becoming a District Councillor. This year I have been Harpenden`s Town Mayor. I now feel I can bring to the wider district in St Albans the benefit of all the experience […]

Canvassing questions #5: The difference between District and County Councils

Another common question I get asked whilst canvassing is ‘what is the difference between the District Council and County Council?’.  Incredibly, this isn’t something that is easy to find online – so I have listed the main areas below for quick reference (with the help of Councillor Julian Daly from Harpenden West):

Canvassing questions #3: Hung parliament

In this series of blog posts I’m looking into the questions I’ve been asked whilst out canvassing.  One that has come up repeatedly has been ‘why would a hung parliament be a bad thing?’.  As I looked online for additional information to answer this, I realised how much debate is happening – from mainstream press […]

Canvassing questions #2: Looking after our seniors

As part of my series of ‘canvassing questions’ I am using this blog to provide answers to questions I’ve been asked on the doorstep. Whilst out canvassing yesterday the topic of conversation regularly turned to caring for our elderly…

Canvassing questions #1: Faith schools

Whilst out canvassing I’m regularly asked specific questions about policies, local and national, along with my perspective on current issues.  I always aim to get back to people directly, and during this election campaign will also share my comments on this blog…