I have been meaning to post something all week but its taken me until 6pm on a Friday to actually do so. Whoops.
It was a completely surreal evening when I had the incredible experience of taking over BBC1 for 40 minutes. I am delighted to report that the UK didn’t have its earliest ever recorded bedtime but some people actually stayed up to watch. Quite a lot of people – which I am glad I didn’t know while I was speaking as I would have been even more nervous.
The delivery seemed to go ok – I didn’t fall over, my earrings didn’t induce any epileptic fits in the audience (one of my girlfriends was worried about this) and most of all the Dimbleby family seemed pleased – I didn’t disgrace them.
So, two weeks on I feel amazed at the response. Thank you to everyone that has contacted me – via social media, handwritten letter, carrier pigeon and email. It has been so interesting to read people’s ideas, frustrations and offers of help. I have had letters from people as diverse as nurses, teachers, retired policemen, ftse100 ceos and small business owners.
10,000 people have signed my petition at change.org/doteveryone which I reckon is not too bad at all considering its a fairly dry concept – making the UK brilliant at the internet and figuring out if we need an institution. But its also a reminder to me that its hard to get action – 1.2m people watched on tv, I tweeted a lot, as did others and yet conversion is tiny.
Now what? I am heartened that a broad range of people think dot everyone is a good idea. I am doing three things in parallel – trying to secure some resource to help me,putting a small group of people in place to create a plan and getting an event together for anyone who would like to contribute to come and help. All three bits are equally important.
In this election frenzy I am still infuriated at how rarely technology is cogently talked about? Why aren’t the media asking MPs how the £8bn nhs hole could be filled with digital services? Why isn’t there more talk of infrastructure? The fight goes on.
Please sign up http://doteveryone.org.uk