Later (21 Feb) This experiment generated a mass of tweets which the London Assembly Economy Committee staff consolidated in a Storify here. We’ll add updates from the meeting when we have them.
15 Feb: This is an innovation in democracy: Just Space in discussion with the Chair of the London Assembly Economy Committee is experimenting with tweets as a way for us to inform the committee’s debate on Tuesday morning 21st February on small enterprises: access to workspace, impact of the business rates increase and what support is needed from the Mayor of London. The briefing for the panel debate is here and the debate should be webcast.
The following guests have been invited to attend
- Simon Pitkeathley, Chief Executive, Camden Town Unlimited;
- Natalie Campbell, Co-founder and CEO, A Very Good Company;
- Dr Patria Roman, Chair of Trustees, Latin Elephant and member of Just Space;
- Ben Johnson, Senior Advisor, Business and Digital Policy, Greater London Authority;
- David Fletcher, Chief Executive, Wimbletech Community Interest Company.
The Committee is keen to hear from a wide range of business and community interests and have arranged to gather views, concerns and suggestions through Twitter, under #LDNworkspace on three main questions:
• Does your business find it difficult to access workspace in London?
• How will business rate increases affect you?
• What further support could the Mayor of London give you and your SME?
Twitter reducing the need to travel
At some London Assembly meetings we have negotiated an “open mic” to enable more community voices to be heard. But many people find it hard to get to City Hall in the daytime for just a few minutes appearance. So this is an alternative.
It’s really important to spread the word widely to get lots of input to this debate prior to the Committee meeting, so please share within your own networks, social enterprises and encourage community groups and businesses to take part. You can start by retweeting/responding to the original London Assembly posts or using the images attached to them:
https://twitter.com/ LondonAssembly/status/ 831845638325297152
Do make reference to reports and policy recommendations and use @JustSpace7