Communication and relevance – making Board meetings more visible

Posted: September 4, 2010 in Platform

Following on the communications theme that I began a couple of days ago, I’d like to propose another clear and direct way to bring the Board closer to those who support Public Education.

It’s quite simple, actually. I’m surprised no one has yet come up with it.

Or maybe they have but it has been overlooked by the mainstream media’s obsession with the Mayoral and Council contests.

Here it is.

Wait for it.

In the 21st century, can we not film Board proceedings and make them available live on the Internet?

I watched the World Cup – live from South Africa – on my iPhone. It was great! The quality was good (except for those bloomin’ vuvuzelas!) and all it took to access the vid was a touch or three on the screen.

Soooooooo… we can’t we live-stream Board meetings?

Yeah, I know that when the Board goes in camera it is for a good reason and the video would need to be paused, but for the public portion of the meetings, why not?

And hey! Here’s another idea: put aside a few dollars – wouldn’t take many – and do a little outreach program to tell folks that if they click on they can watch their Trustees in action. In real-time.

Seriously, is this such a radical path?

If we are to preserve local control over local education, we have to build better connections between the Board and their constituents. Just the other day, someone said to me: “Really? we vote for our School Board”?

We NEED to up the relevance index if we are to preserve local control of local education.

Oh, and Ms. Funicello, in case I’m not successful, feel free to steal this idea… I truly hope you do.

  1. Darin says:

    That is an excellent idea. It’s even educational – the videos can be used to teach children about the workings of government!

  2. John says:

    The funny thing is that I was a bit surprised that they weren’t already doing this!
    Seems like an obvious and inexpensive way to engage people.

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