15 August 2017 marks the next annual international #cityhallselfie day, a day that actively promotes pride in your local government by encouraging you to snap a picture of yourself with the local city hall. As our friends at Bang the Table are sponsoring the event this year we at Engage2Act HQ (a mythical buidling) want members to show support and help put Australia and New Zealand on the map.
The #cityhallselfie has humble beginnings back in 2014 when ELGL (Engaging Local Government Leaders) members from across the US participated by taking selfies of themselves in front of city, town and even county government facilities and posting them on the socials. Just. For. Fun.
Long has the selfie been the domain of the millennial but then one day in 2014 Julie and Dave Morris (both local government employees in the US) whilst on an annual holiday started to document their trip to Yellowstone National Park with selfies at city halls and other municipal buildings. Accompanied with a running commentary of their travel on social media the result was: 15 city hall selfies over 2,418 miles driven…. and as they say in Hollywood, a star was born.
ELGL have always actively promoted the pride of working in local government and that there should be pride in what your local government does for you. So with the birth of #cityhallselfie, to show appreciation this 15 August when you're out and about, why not take selfies with the sometimes quite amazing buildings and installations local governments have and share them.
I first got on board with City Hall Selfies back in 2014, and have been delighted to see the movement take off in other countries since. This year, Engage 2 Act wants to fill the internet with #cityhallselfies from all over Australia and New Zealand!!
So here are 5 top tips on how you can get involved in #cityhallselfie day!
1: If you work in local government whether a council or LGA start talking about #cityhallselfie day at work now. You don’t have to do it on your own and you don’t have to take just one picture. The more the merrier. On 15 August during your morning tea organise to go outside with colleagues and get creative. Wear hard hats, high vis, show off your councils logo.
Check out http://elgl.org/2014/12/31/1-14-birth-cityhallselfie/ for past examples.
2: You have a month and a half to practice and even collect a few sneaky snaps beforehand. If your out and about visiting a winery, going down the shops or even on your holidays why not check out what council buildings you can find and grab a selfie. Most towns have some kind of council facility. Even the most rural of towns might have a historic old town hall. Remember Julie and Dave, they did it on holiday.
3: Hold a staff #cityhallselfie competition. We know that we have many members who work in local government and even LGAs so why not turn this in to a fun competition that promotes pride in working for local government. You could offer prizes such as council brabded keep cups for the individual or team that take the most in a day, the most creative, best dressed (come on Mayors wear your robes), best use of props - think hard hats or even a selfie with the a local celeb (any AFL players out there)…. etc etc
4: Why restrict to just staff, get the community involved. I know pretty much all councils are now on social media so why not utilise your communication channels and ask your community to take pictures of themselves using your facilities. Think libraries, sports complex’s and of course the local town hall. Of course a little risk control here and maybe we suggest no selfies of people using public convenances!
5: ELGL have found that if the council encourages the local media to promote this as a good story about celebrating the humble city hall and the hard work of council staff then uptake pretty much triples. Get a journo on board and show that people see the fun in it. Provide a story that shows that anyone can get involved in #cityhallselfie day. Past examples have included US councils getting front page covers of newspapers.
Really #cityhallselfie day is about fun. It’s about celebrating local government, the history, the culture and the amazing work they do. So get on board and start snapping. We’d love to see 100s of you posting and using #cityhallselfie on 15 August and don't forget to tag us too so we can RT and share them. Happy snapping.
For more examples to get your creative juices flowing visit - https://au.pinterest.com/oregonelgl/city-hall-selfies/