I’ve just come back from speaking at the European Personal Democracy Forum in Barcelona. Civico have sound files of all the events. It was a fascinating experience, not least because of the conversations I had in the down time with people whose expertise and experience were very different from my own. For the first time I got a real sense of just how open the road ahead might be with dozens of new tools coming into the market place every day, and the commitment of independent hackers and coders to make new stuff happen.
If, as one of the UK delegates said “political culture is always shaped by media culture not the other way round” it suggests that our political culture is in serious trouble, with the way the news media is collapsing all around us, there could be a myriad of solutions. But as I argue in my piece the Belfast Telegraph today on the DCMS decision to dump Northern Ireland from the Independently Funded News Consortium (IFNC) pilot scheme, “the global forces that are so quick to pump billions in to maintain our managerial top-down political processes are entirely missing the importance of local media and enabling it to build from the bottom upwards”.