If you’re a fan of the West Wing TV series, you may recall an episode from early on in the first series, where the chief of staff Leo explains the story of Andrew Jackson and the Big Block of Cheese, with the in series connection been that senior members of staff would meet with representatives of groups etc that would not normally get such access to answer questions or hear ideas from them.
Last Wednesday (29th January) with a link to the series via the video above, the White House held the first-ever virtual “Big Block of Cheese Day,” during which dozens of White House officials including President Obama took to social media for a day long ‘open house’ to answers questions from everyday Americans in real-time on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.
The result’s / questions asked are covered on a storify (that you can view by clicking here) and covered a whole range of topics from the minimum wage, to weather conditions, gun control and many other issues in between.
It got me thinking as to whether a similar sort of ‘event’ / open question time would be of interest locally or to local councils in general and if it was, what sort of issues would folk be interested in ? or would it need to get folk asking those questions a big block of cheese in the one stop shop’s at Glossop and Buxton ?