I’ll be co-moderating a workshop at the European Parliament on 10 November called MEP 2.0 Workshops, whose objective will be to present Twitter and its benefits to members of the European Parliament.
While doing some research to prepare this workshop, a friend of mine and co-founder of the “EU Girl Geeks” group, Caroline De Cock, mentioned a book she had just published, called Lobby.EU: A Survival Guide to EU Lobbying, Including the use of social media. Continue reading “What EU politicians and lobbyists should know about web 2.0 and social media”
I was googling myself this afternoon, like I do from time to time just to check who’s cracking jokes about me in my back (OK, c’mon, those who’ve never googled themselves raise their hands – see, I knew it ;-)), and this is what I found: a blog post from French blog “Se former à la communication européenne” which provides a critical analysis of the speech of Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, gave at the European Communication Summit on 1 July. Continue reading “Can you trust what people say on Twitter, especially if it’s real-time?”
I’ve always been wondering wether it would be enough to have an amazing political programme, a programme that puts the interests of humanity before those of particular groups or interests, and whether that programme would still be a success if advocated by a politician with very poor communication skills. Continue reading “Does great politics require great communicators?”
Un post en français, une fois n’est pas coutume :-).
Pour répondre à cette question, j’ai travaillé à partir de pas mal de références, notamment de vulgarisation (voir en fin d’article), mais celle qui m’a le plus interrogée et poussée à réféchir aux rapports entre bouddhisme et politique est L’enseignement du Bouddha, de Walpola Rahula, publié en français en 1961 sous l’égide du Collège de France. Continue reading “Bouddhisme et politique font-ils bon ménage ?”
I was speaking yesterday at a conference in Brussels called #140conf, about EUROCONTROL’s social media response to the volcanic ashcloud crisis (presentation here). I had great fun yesterday and learned a lot, maybe because I had great fun doing so :-). Continue reading “The ‘real’ factor: when real-time meets real life”
The European institutions were celebrating Europe Open Doors Day in Brussels on Saturday, in honour of Europe Day on 9 May. It was my first celebration of it here in Brussels, and I had planned to take my five year-old son to visit the European Parliament, having heard that there were games for kids too (just in case he would get bored… 🙂 Continue reading “Europe’s bureaucratic image”
It’s already hard getting away from my newly acquired MBP (Macbook Pro – I didn’t know what it meant last month too don’t worry ;-)), but just imagine if I owned an iPhone:
- Kids – oh, I have kids?
- Sex – yes, I do remember something about that in biology class 15 years ago…
- Social life – well, I do have tons of friends (on Facebook), fans (on Twitter) and colleagues (on Linkedin), ok that doesn’t count then 🙁
- Books – isn’t that what computers used to be called before?
- and the list goes on…
Continue reading “Why I’ll never own an iPhone – at least not this year”
“Who wants to be a Prime Minister?”
I was almost going to call this post “Who wants to be a Prime Minister” but refrained at the last minute (lucky you!). A colleague today told me that during the TV debates, the three British candidates in the run-up to 6 May 2010 were being evaluated by the audience in the studio with remote voting systems, and that the results were being displayed on TV screens. Continue reading “2010 UK Elections, TV and Twitter: how it doesn’t always fit together”
Following the massive disruption of air traffic in Europe last week, caused by a volcanic ash cloud, I was happily surprised to see so many newspapers and politicians put the Single European Sky on the table.
And my first thought was: why does it always take a crisis for things to move ahead faster and get done? And will that actually be the case with European skies? Continue reading “Volcanic ash clouds, crisis and progress: why the Single European Sky will not be built in a day”