One of my new town council members has a winter holiday scheduled. He asked last night at a meeting if he would be allowed to set up a conference call when he is away so that he won’t miss out on anything.
I told him that under our organizational by-law, councillors are counted as present at a meeting if they are using a “communication technology” to attend. Another member looked at him and said, “why don’t you just set up a skype call? We can set you up at the end of the table and you can see and hear everything that is going on.”
Small town councillors skyping in from warmer climes….
Clay Shirky was (as usual) right; technology only really gets interesting when most people have access to it and understand it.
Things are going to be OK.