So you think you know how to improve campaigning? Come to Conference Dragons’ Den

Autumn conference in Birmingham will see a new type of campaigning event which sounds rather fun: a Dragons’ Den style fringe meeting at which people pitch their ideas for new approaches to campaigning.

The panel will be Alistair Carmichael MP, James Gurling (Chair, Campaigns & Communications Committee), Hilary Stephenson (Director of Elections and Skills) and Kirsty Williams AM. It will be on Sunday 18th September at 1pm in Room 103 of the Jurys Inn.

Submissions are open to any party member except for Campaigns Department employees.

Step one is to submit your idea by Monday 12th September to Tim Pollard on [email protected]. If your idea makes the initial shortlist, you will be told in advance so you will know for sure to turn up, prepared with a short verbal pitch to make.

There may also be time to take some late entrants or people who turn up on the day, but this is not guaranteed.

If any member would like to knock around an idea in advance and get feedback from others, by all means post it up in the Campaigning & E-Campaigning thread of our Members’ Forum.

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  • Ruth Bright 22nd Aug '11 - 2:56pm

    Oh blimey: “innovation through cloud campaigning synergy”.

    Perhaps it’s time I caught up with the times and threw away my letraset.

  • Gareth Epps 22nd Aug '11 - 4:07pm

    I see the potential for an alternative version at the Glee Club…!

  • Tony Dawson 22nd Aug '11 - 4:41pm

    “Perhaps it’s time I caught up with the times and threw away my letraset.”

    Could make a packet with it on the antiques roadshow!

  • Imitation is the best form of flattery I feel! It was Dinti Batstone, Kirsten Smith, Lee Chalmers and I who organised last year’s political reform shindig (rather than CGB), with Ros Scott, Lynne Featherstone and Alice Field of the ERS as “Dragons”. Anyway, I hope the campaigning ideas event this year is as much fun as ours was, and comes up with lots of interesting ideas.

    For those interested in furthering political reform, Dinti and I have drafted an amendment to the House of Lords motion regarding gender balance. Please let me know if you would like to see it with a view to supporting it.

  • Ruth Bright 24th Aug '11 - 1:44pm

    Tony Dawson – not sure about that but I hear that the British Museum is after Southwark’s riso!

    Mark Pack – at Spring conference could we have a Campaigning Room 101 to dump campaigning techniques we are fed up of? I hereby nominate the blue ink election address.

  • Dragon’s live in Lairs, not Dens….

  • David Evans 18th Jul '15 - 3:28pm

    It would be so much better if those generals who are on the panel had to make a pitch with their pet ideas and the infantry made the assessments. In addition we might try to defend existing approaches too. With luck that would get rid of a few dead dodos rather than the inevitable “Let’s do these great new ideas and all the stuff we have always done as well!” But perhaps that’s a bit too radical for some. 🙁

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