I had a phone call earlier asking me what a digilunch was… Before I could answer the reply was, a colleague asked me and I told her it sounded like a bunch of people sitting at their computers banging on and eating sandwiches… To which my response was, yep that’s pretty much it!! Going live now…
Today’s starts at 1pm and is the first in a two lunchtime session which will consider the future of Belfast over a relative medium period. One that’s not completely bound by the three year budget rounds we have in Northern Ireland, and yet is not so far ahead that it is impossible to consider some issues in concrete terms.
The problem is of course that whilst much of the first years of the post conflict age was marked by abundance of resource there are now much fewer to be had either directly from the British and Irish states, or indeed the EU (where David Cameron and various other allies are today looking to contain transfers to Brussels).
If you’ve never had a #digitallunch, try this roughly put together compilation earlier in the autumn:
Today we have some invited guests and some open slots. If you are interested in talking about the future of Belfast and what you want from it by 2020 join feel free to join us. All you need is a Google account, a web-camed computer or smartphone. Just ping me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Google Plus (gplus.to/mickfealty).
Today’s session is brought to by the social enterprise charity Artemis who run the modern sports, arts and lifelong learning facilities at several school sites in Belfast, who are hosting a lunchtime event at Stormont next Tuesday.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty