We're participants of the 4th CALD Communications Workshop!! Having loads of fun and learning a great deal! Let's hope we'll all be able to grow together as party partners!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Communications during the Holiday Season

The recent posts are great. Greetings to all CaldCloggers. I wish all of you a great holiday in the next coming weeks, and I hope that you have a great year ahead of you.

I love Christmas. It is one of my favorite holidays of the year. I know some people don't celebrate it, but for those that do, I wonder if any of your political parties do anything communications-wise during Christmas time.

Some argue that political parties should not bombard the public with political propaganda during this time of the year, but some argue that your supporters might resent the fact that you don't send a message to wish them well during the holiday season.

The same can be applied to other holidays, like for us, the Lunar New Year, where we often send electronic messages from our database to wish them good health, great success and good fortune, etc. Our webmaster designs a nice electronic message, then sends it out by e-mail to all the people in our database. Mind you, these people have signed up when either they attended our activities or asked to be in the database.

The list is a large compilation of e-mail addresses provided by different departments from our party and they include people from women's, youth, social organizations and international friends groups. Eventually, we are thinking of sending animated e-cards.

I strongly believe this is an effective communication tool. It shows that you care, and it also reminds them of your continued attention to supporters nationwide. Once again, happy holidays!

Ping-Ya Hsu, DPP Taiwan

Monday, December 19, 2005

Public and Published Opinions

According to Winston Churchill (

"There is no such thing as public opinion. There is only published opinion."

Think about it, particularly from a political communications angle.

Friday, December 16, 2005

CALD Cloggers Meet in Manila

A group of Cloggers met on the sidelines of the formal inauguration of the new headquarters of the Liberal Party of the Philippines in Makati City on December 16, 2005. During their meeting, the liberal communicators decided to revitalize the Cloggers network through more active participation in the community building blooging project. Be prepared for regular updates!

At the meeting were: John Coronel, Anne Elicano, Samy Santos, Dr. Ronald Meinardus and Narwin Espiritu.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Online Campaigning to Reach Japan?

You might remember that at our workshop in Kuala Lumpur I mentioned that usage of the internet for campaign purposes is not allowed in Japan. I have always found this a peculiar restriction, all the more as Japan is one of the leading forces of technological innovations worldwide. Regarding the usage of digital communications tools in political elections, though, the Japanese are far behind the Koreans.

But things seem to be changing in Japan. According to a recent article in Asahi, the ruling party plans to open the internet for political campaign purposes. I invite you to read the article. It gives you an overview of the legal situation today and also explains the political motivations of the ruling party for the planned changes. (rm)

Monday, December 12, 2005

Where are all the Cloggers?

Hey, everyone. What has happened to our nice little project of staying in touch and ... communicating? Just heard from Jimmy Wong in Hong Kong that his party started an online-radio show in Cantonese. I could not connect, but it would be a good posting from Jimmy and Raymond to share with us their experiences.

Also, you other Cloggers. No news? Nothing to share?

In Manila, we've been rather busy. Check out our website for an update. And don't forget to visit my weblog which also has communications related posts. (rm)