Sayta and I are back from a very successful and effective thinkers conference convened by the Liberal Pary of Canada this weekend in Montreal. There was a very full and frank discussion from the event. Here is a clip of Satya Das' comments on CTV about the event.
That success of citizen engagement and shaing ideas and comments was reflected further in the social media space set up for Canadians to follow and particpiate in the conference too. The successful use of social media by the Liberal Party at the Canada at 150 conference showed them that they can reach thoughtful Canadians from all over the country directly and engage them in meaningful conversations.
Now the challenge is for the Liberals to use this new found insight into social media in a way that delivers a positive political purpose. There is a chance for authentic (no spin) communications directly with those citizens in all kinds of local communities and communities of interests in personal thoughtful and effective sharing of ideas through the Internet. This must be one of the central on-going efforts to capitalize on the success of this past weekend. All parties are behind in understanding how social media works and how to use it effectively. The Liberal Party of Canada got a taste of it this weekend and are starting to get it.
There is archived presentations being set up at the conference website at http://www.can150.ca/. I strongly suggest a number of visits and revisits by anyone interested in citizen engagement and looking for "adult conversations" about public policy in Canada. They got that from speaker after speaker at this weekend's conference.
I will be doing a series of blog posts in the next few days on my reactions to the presentations I heard. Conversations are game changers and my sense is the "game" of politics changed this past weekend and become more of an "adult converstion," the kind that David Dodge called for at Canada at 150 in his presentation.