Policy Unplugged goes to Parliament

phil willis paul clark
john warder chris mole

The Policy Unplugged gang were invited to Parliament this week to meet politicians and policy makers at a Technology Demonstration Morning at Portcullis House and to talk about their radical brand of events – what Steve Moore is now calling “social conferences” (much more descriptive I think than ‘unconference’, though the concept is similar).

I’m doing more and more work with them, mostly of the social media reportage variety and this was no exception – I spent the morning running around the room either carrying my laptop, camcorder or minidisc player around and (gently of course) butting into people’s conversations in order to get them to talk about what they were getting out of the day. David Wilcox was there too, keeping it in the family by making the most of his son Daniel’s whizz multimedia skills: they’ve put together a Drupal community site for Policy Unplugged where you’ll find more stuff about the day from me, David and Dan.

This includes the quartet of politicians you see above (click on their sweet faces to see them in action). They are, clockwise from top left: Phil Willis MP for Harrogate & Knaresborough, Paul Clark MP for Gillingham & Rainham, Chris Mole MP for Ipswich, and John Warder, Deputy Leader of Chiltern District Council. 10 points for correctly identifying each of their political affiliations [hint – two of them come from the same party]. Bonus marks for spotting which of them might be considered most powerful and why.