As a Lansing (MI) resident, what’s on your mind?
- Got a job?
- Got healthcare?
- Go to church?Â Where?
- Do you find city taxes too high?Â Just right?
- How do you feel about Mayor Virg Bernero?Â Is he making a positive difference for you?
- How about the Lansing City Council?Â Do you know your city council member?
Let me introduce myself.Â I’m part of this pioneering effort in Lansing to encourage and practice citizen journalism.Â The Lansing Online News is a response to the growing need for more information about local happenings, especially with governmental units and it relies on feedback from you, our local readers.
I’m a member of the first class of baby-boomers which means that I’m a newly-minted senior citizen.Â I’m a former newspaper reporter and a retired staffer from the Michigan Legislature.Â My wife and I are empty-nesters and we are active in our southwest Lansing neighborhood.Â I invite you to visit my personal blog-Daily Grit.
I am also an experienced blogger who has taught many others about the new web-based social media.
This blog is called “Lansing Cluetrain.”Â Why?Â It comes from a document by three web pioneers called the Cluetrain Manifesto where they describe how consumers of goods and services have different expectations for dealing in the marketplace.
Whether it’s goods or services or dealing with government, the authors said, consumers see the marketplace as a conversation.Â Consumers want to be able to interact with who they are dealing with and they don’t want canned PR speak.
For Lansing, that means that residents don’t want to be spoon fed by their city officials and the people with whom they do business.Â They want to hear the facts straight up and they want to be able to react.
I’m happy to be part of this effort to help citizens see how they are empowered to shape their local destiny.Â Local news media may be growing in their impotence, but it doesn’t mean that citizens have to stay in the dark.
Let’s work together to get this conversation going.
Just some reminders.Â You’re coming into our virtual living room. When you are in our home, we treat each other with respect.
Saddle-up everybody.Â Join Bonnie, Bill, Chris and myself on an exciting ride.