Links for January 5th through January 15th

Some links for you:

  • Local innovation: collecting examples of best practice – Social by Social – "I'm writing a short pamphlet for IDeA and NESTA explaining the practical benefits of social media for councils and their partners. It's intended to be quick and easy to digest and show council officers how social media and other digital tools can be used by councils to meet their objectives in the coming years. I hope it will showcase the good work that's happening already, encourage more people to try these things out, and drive interest in this community"
  • It was the best of times, it was the worst of times « Observations – Despite a positive performance in the last quarter of 2009, the Cultural Observatorys latest recession snapshot suggests the West Midlands cultural sector is facing a period of funding uncertainty.
  • Commissioners drag feet on meeting Webcasts – Lebanon Daily News – Student of mine doing good work in US whilst on his Christmas break: "As part of his dissertation research, he recently obtained approval from Jonestown Borough Council to broadcast or stream its meetings – at no cost – on the borough's Web site beginning next month. "
  • The Ruse of the Creative Class | The American Prospect – Great piece. Apparently Florida's new book says some cities in the US are beyond help. This piece takes him to task given that his previous position was about how investing in creative economies was vital for all kinds of cities.