Monthly Archives: October 2008

11 Million Takeover Day

Friday 07 November is the second annual Takeover Day – a chance for children and young people to takeover from adults. Last year the event had over 10,000 young people and 500 organisations taking part. Young people took over schools, newspapers, TV stations, shops and some even took over MPs and football clubs.

I think the Dudley Decision Making Kids, who also helped build the website, explain it better than I can:

The initiative is being championed by the Childrens Commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley Green. He’s even blogging about it.

There are some pretty interesting ideas for Takeover Day. My favourite is the idea of taking over Harrods for the day and giving the money from the store to charity. It’s just a bit of shame the content isn’t current, that or one of the kids needs to be told Gordon Brown is now the Prime Minister (2.55 into the video)

The bebo site also looks like it could do with a few more members. Still these aren’t insurmountable problems, and if the participation rates are as high as last year, I imagine there will be an increase in how these tools are used.

It sounds like a good idea that’s worth supporting and I’ll be interested to see what this years takeover day will bring.

You can find more information about the project on the website.


Google Policy Fellowships

The team at Google have announced the details of the Summer 2009 Google Policy Fellowships.

Designed for undergraduates, graduates, or law students that are interested in the world of ‘tech policy’ the Google Policy Fellowship programme is an:

…effort to replicate the success of our Summer of Code program in the public policy sphere and to support students and organizations doing work that is important to the future of Internet users everywhere

Unfortunately everywhere is the US and Canada at the moment – I really wish there was a similar programme for Europe. It sounds like a fantastic opportunity:

Those selected as fellows for the 2009 summer will receive a stipend to spend ten weeks contributing to the public debate on technology policy issues – ranging from broadband policy to copyright reform to open government.

This sounds like something our friends in the Power of Information Task Force could help facilitate, perhaps with some help from the National School of Government?

If you are in North America and want to apply, you can find more details on the Google Policy Fellowship site.  Applications close December 12, 2008.

Patience and Passion

Good video of Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library at the O’Reilly Web 2.0 expo in New York.

Don’t know Gary, but I wish I did – just the kick I needed.