We were honored to receive an invitation from the National Conference of State Legislators to talk about The Senate Site at their Spring Forum
in Washington D.C. Here’s an excerpt from the program this morning:
E-Democracy: Using IT to Connect and Communicate
How are legislatures using new technologies to encourage citizen involvement and participation in the democratic process? This session will highlight innovative new ways for legislators to inform constituents and communicate with the public about pressing policy issues.
First up is a discussion on legislative blog sites. Representative Aaron Pena
– the Steve Urquhart of Texas - will speak first, followed by the Utah Senate.
Jim Greenwalt, Evelyn Messinger, and Daniel Bevarly will also speak, exploring computer-mediated communication and on-line communities.
Exciting times. New media has given legislators and legislatures everywhere an unprecedented ability to partner with - and be accountable to - the folks back home.
We thought a few interested attendees might like to see how to write and post a blog. If you can view this posting – then it worked.