As never before local government needs to shout what it does from the roof tops.
In a 24-hour experiment colleagues across Walsall Council on March 3 aim to do just that.
This is the first time in UK local government – and possibly the world – someone has tried something on this scale.
The target is to tweet every day tasks such as potholes, parks, litter picking, school meals and many of our 700 services.
On their own they’re routine.
When pieced together they create a vibrant snapshot of the vital work dedicated people in local government do every day.
It aims to include potholes, parks school crossing patrols, road repairs, out-of-hours care and many of the 700 services local government offers.
It aims to shine a light on dusty corners of local government.
It aims to show areas that do their jobs day in and day out without fuss.
We’ve taken as inspiration the 24-hour Twitter exercises in Greater Manchester Police and South Birmingham.
We’ve also taken inspiration from people across local government who used social media to alert people to school closures and gritting.
You can take part too by following these Twitter accounts:
Walsall Council’s Twitter stream @walsallcouncil.
There’s also more than half a dozen Twitter streams from service areas including the New Art Gallery, Walsall Museum and the Walsall Local History Centre.
It’s important to stress that this won’t just be for Twitter. It’ll be flagged up on Facebook and we’ll post pictures to Flickr too.
It’ll also be highlighted on our website with tweets curated after the event.
In 2011, there is a burning need to tell these stories.
Walsall 24 doesn’t aim to be definitive or exhaustive and not everything we do will be listed.
But this does aim to nail the urban myth that all we do is bins.
Disclaimer: I’m one of several helping organise the event but colleagues right across the council have made this happen.
Creative commons credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/erica_marshall/2096416037/sizes/m/in/photostream/