New Unaffiliated Volunteers
"The phenomena we are now seeing is that today’s volunteers are going to do what they want to do, regardless of official channels for doing it. They are taking matters into their own hands, creating ad-hoc organizations, or finding personal ways of doing what they want to do. Years ago volunteers would not so readily have worked outside of the system. That is no longer the case."
This concept is illustrated here.
I do hope that this doesn't lead to the spokepeople of our esteemed charities, NGOs and pressure groups being labelled as 'self-appointed'...?
(Hat Tip: Techstrategy)
Also, I don't know how I missed this. Cllr Andrew Brown in Lewisham used a weblog to host a consultation on the arcane by-laws on his patch. Nice idea. Unfortunately, this isn't the sort of blog that will attract much traffic in the way most blogs build their visitor-numbers.
But in principle, it's a very good idea. It would be very good if someone were to build a site linked to a post-code search that had every set of relevant bylaws laid out in a way that people could comment and argue about them.
I'd be happy to do this if I could find someone to fund it...