Bridges towards Europe through social media conversations
As guest author, I would just like to use the Open Cyprus platform to express a view point about the purspose of the Blogger Exchange to be
led guided/publicized by the bloggingportal.eu, endorsed by the Cyprus Presidency and programmed for the 26th of July.
As such, it has been understood that on the 16th, the agenda and format will be openly communicated to interested parties and sign-up will ensue on the website of the presidency. www.cy2012.eu
As a refresher to the call, you may want to go through following articles below
A Call from Europe – The European Blogging Portal
Opening discussions – Unconferencing Nicosia
Reflections Upon past Eu presidencies -The Hungarian Benchmark
The local Call to Cyprus bloggers – An activist view – Cyprus Community Media Responds to the call
The Eu Mediascape – Media and Social Bubbles Analysed
Moving forward with the Euro Presidency and Eurobloggers – Pushing Forward with the connectivity for Eurobloggers
Top Cyprus Bloggers – Short listed Cyprus Bloggers worthwhile to follow
Also recommend reading, this practical case that sets a time and place about mixing social media with politicians to the service of a more open democracy, which by no means should be premonitory of what is to ensue in Brussels.
I would gladly wish to expand the expectations for the Blogger Exchange in Brussels but think these points would be a good starter:
My take after 2 months of blogging and engaging with bloggers online as part of the BlogCyEU effort is the following:
As much as the Cyprus Presidency can be considered as an opportunity to communicate on a grander stage, very few persons have embraced the presidency as social media phenomenon to be affiliated with.
As much as we may listen to speeches about citizen inclusion, Politics, Politicians, and even Presidential massaging –
« aaa kala….. asta na pane :) »
Is an expression that may summarize the general feeling with regards to a desire for involvement. Although I am confident that there is a latent desire to makes things happen, and contribute to make a difference.
>In the context of Presidency, we can’t escape the sensation that social media for politicians is a one way street, and this is a reality. Even browsing current publications and social media involvement on twitter for example with the #cy2012eu – Is firehosing (publicising) the #cy2012eu, really what spokespersons ought to be doing on twitter?
The general sense is that we won’t be getting full utility of what it means to use social media in the sense of creating opinion, discussions, spreading knowledge, embracing themes and developing society, which conditions in my view, the types of contents/ and communication that the Cyprus Presidency will be generating.
In closing, what is the presidency’s role in the Blogger’s Exchange in Brussels:
My Hope :
Granted that the presidency will not, does not and cannot, have an agenda about social media engagement in benefit of social and citizen advancement. I would recommend to being more constructive and using the presidency, social media and bloggers today, as a means to shape the digital agenda in Cyprus for the future.
This isn’t a call to criticize the work of press people and communication team supporting the Presidency – by no means! Anyone thinking that, would short sighted of the tremendous job it requires to lead successfully events happening during the next 6 months.
This post is directed exclusively to the blogosphere in Cyprus as a recommendation to take advantage of the staged opportunity, and step forward to shape the digital future of Cyprus.
You are digital now, become a champion tomorrow.
Identify yourself, become a Digital Champion – nominate yourself. Either as a blogger or as a digital activist.
On 26 July the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union organised the Euroblogger exchange, an event that brought bloggers closer to the Eu Presidency for debate and theme building. Follow up on the event here