Or Project Citizen Sarah to give the full name.
I’m one of those people that likes to exist right on the edge of having too much to do (while also being physically lazy). So, with about five weeks to go until my second child is born I’m using my maternity leave to prepare for that event and Christmas as well as working on my MA dissertation.
That isn’t quite enough though so as a little extra project in the six months I’ll be away from my desk job I’ve devised Project Citizen Sarah. It’s not amazingly clever – just a way of conciously tracking my interactions with local and central government as a citizen.
I’m obviously interested in how many of these interactions can take place online and what that experience is like. In the first week I’ve applied for a primary school place for my oldest child, requested new recycling boxes and tried to apply for a library card. It’s already an interesting mix of experiences with various success rates.
I’m mainly tracking this on the Twitter hashtag #citizensarah and have set this up on TwapperKeeper so I can gather all the interactions over the course of the six months.
I think it will help me still keep connected to digital local gov while I’m off but hopefully mean I return to work with a different view of how people are trying to use the services we provide.