Aim High is back in the saddle

Catching up with changed trends!

It’s been a while since the last postings but I’m geared up to hit the blogging trail again.

Aim High will be different though. The reality is that Social Media is a much more direct way to connect and it takes a lot less time. That’s pretty well been my big shift this past year.

There’s still a need though for sharing information that’s longer than a Tweet or a Facebook click and share. That more in-depth aspect will happen here – only more periodically – in conjunction with my Twitter and Facebook accounts. Click on the icons in the right hand column to follow those feeds.

There are other changes too. The blog itself is refreshed with a more mobile-centric theme. There are content changes as well. Aim High will focus on my take re the goings-on … be they civic, social or whatever my ponderings are as I walk the dogs.

I’ll continue to actively promote others’ perspectives on issues as well as community organizations and events but that will be solely through the sharing of their Social Media feeds rather than posting directly here on Aim High.

Way Too Long Away !

I can’t believe that it’s actually been over a month since my last postings. It’s not that I haven’t thought about topics to post but there’ve been other priorities.

Family matters have taken up a big part of the last three months really. My father passed away 10 days ago after a prolonged battle with a progressive lung disease. His final round of hospitalization and passing has been the real focus these past dozen weeks.

Also, I’ve really had to ponder the nature of my contributions to the blog. As I’ve mentioned before, it’s tricky separating punditry from my new role – and it’s legal and operational requirements – as a councillor on Salmon Arm’s city council. That dilemma in itself has limited my posting as well.

I’m headed to Kamloops tomorrow for the annual SILGA (Southern Interior Local Government Association) conference. SILGA is comprised of elected officials from cities, towns, villages, districts and regional districts in South Central British Columbia.

The first workshop I’m attending is on the “Use of Social Media by Elected Members: Managing Risks“. Ideally, there’ll be some takeaways to help me further ponder things.

I’ll also be reporting back on other conference workshops and the resolutions that will be discussed and voted on. Stay tuned!

Spam’A’Lot

Aim High gets a ton of spam with most of it caught by WordPress’ great software.

Maintaining  correspondence to the blog  usually involves monitoring for legitimate comments and clicking and eliminating the garbage without actually reading any of the junk.

Every now and then though, I try to give a flavour of the click bait coming my way. Here’s a small spample.

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* and so it goes … before hitting that wonderful Empty Spam button.

Take-Aways – What I’ve been Up To – Elected Officials Seminar

Long before being elected to city council, I’ve felt that the politicos should report back – in an accessible fashion – on workshops, seminars and conferences that they attend on the public dime.

See here for one example of what I’ve called for previously.

In general, most on council have reported out with a general summary and some of their key take-aways. That’s all good.

Last week I attended the full session of the Elected Officials Seminar presented by the Local Government Leadership Academy (LGLA). Others have said that it was worthwhile and it was.

Key take-aways for me were the basic survival tips for newbies, backgrounders on procedures and the reasons why and robust discussions on role clarity.

Addtitonally, the opportunity to talk with other jurisdictions on the range of ways that they deal with similar issues was perhaps the most beneficial aspect. I came away with some good ideas about strategic decision-making, collaborating with our First Nations communities,  balancing the dilemmas in the role of “advocacy” for residents involving issues beyond the actual jurisdiction of local governments and approaches to citizen engagement.

There you go – my first report on outside conferences.

Please note, this post has the new tag City_Tim to represent factual information from me from city council. See the post New Categories on Aim High for the discussion why.

The link to the seminar program is here.

New Categories on Aim High

There are a number of changes coming to Aim High that are directly related to me being elected as a Councillor for Salmon Arm and also being appointed as an alternate director at the CSRD table.

Basically, I won’t be providing any commentary or punditry on city and regional matters. I’m hoping that Aim High will have a series of local commentators in the new year as well as an editor for all local political matters. That editor will be in complete charge of all city and CSRD related commentary with no input from me – a firewall if you will.

Hopefully, this will be workable and ideally an improvement providing wider and different perspectives.

I will still be providing factual posts on City and CSRD items under the categories City_Tim and CSRD_Tim. These posts will be separate from the local commentary described above.

As an example of a factual post related to city matters, please see Keeping Up with Salmon Arm City Council . The intent of the new categories is to solely provide information and factual content.

We’ll see how (and if) this all shakes out shortly. Happy New Year!