Northfield Mayor-elect Dana Graham stopped by my corner office stand-up table at the Spur this morning. He’d finally gotten some sleep after being up all night for the election on Tuesday so he was more than marginally coherent.
Lately I’ve been sermonizinglecturingbrow-beating suggesting to him and a few other city officials that the time is ripe for using a variety of online tools to ramp up citizen engagement. The City’s new website will launch early next year but the technology by itself won’t automatically make citizen engagement happen.
So I proposed a few different ways that he could do a "Q&A with the Mayor-elect" here on LoGro and he opted for a live, one-hour text chat.
Here’s the FAQ:
WHEN IS IT? Monday, Nov. 12, 8-9 pm.
WHERE? Right here in this LoGro blog post. I’ll move it to the top of the page on Monday so it’ll be easy to find.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PARTICIPATE? If you’re reading this on an internet-connected device, you’ll need nothing beyond what you’re using now.
HOW DO I PARTICIPATE? Just type your comments or questions in the text box. I’ll select the ones that I think are best for Dana to respond to.
WHAT?! HE MIGHT NOT EVEN SEE MY QUESTION OR COMMENT? Correct. I’m the emperor moderator.
WHAT IF I CAN’T ATTEND? You can submit a comment or question ahead of time. Attach it to this blog post just like any comment. I’ll archive a transcript of the chat here so after it’s all over, you can read what happened at your leisure.
Last week, the Strib hosted a one hour live chat with its opinion journalist, Lori Sturdevant, on the topic of the state deficit and other issues at the Legislature. I liked how it was done and the web service they used for it so we’re going to experiment doing live chats here on Locally Grown, typically focused on an important issue with one or more guests/panelists.
I’ve tentatively scheduled a live chat with RepJ reporter Bonnie Obremski on the business story that she wrote last week for tomorrow night, Tues. March 3, 8 pm. I hope to have some other featured panelists included, too.
But first, I’m going to test it tonight at 8 pm, right here in this blog post. The topic: Locally Grown, of course. Ask questions about our new design, the advertising, the traffic, the content, the discussions, guest bloggers, etc.