After years of taking part in the ritual of taking a selfie outside a city/town hall when I was out and about and sharing it via Instagram with our friends at ELGL, who had started the trend some 4 years earlier, it was only natural that this year I would try to drag along a few friends to take part in #cityhallselfie day on 15 August.
Using the powers of Engage2Act social media I decided to try and rally the troops and see if this year we could put Australia and New Zealand firmly on the City Hall Selfie Day map. Last year ANZ managed less than a handful of pins so this time my mission was to promote the hell out of it and try my hardest to get E2A members on Board.
My plan of attack was to write a blog about how simple it is too take part in the hope this would nudge people along. I mean it’s easy to do and can be a little bit of geeky fun. Whether you work in local government or not, every day of our lives we walk/drive past town halls, rec centres, manicured playing fields, libraries, waste disposal areas etc all managed by our friendly councils. For a momentary second all you need to do was whip out your phone and take a selfie with the government institution behind you and share on social media (mainly Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtag #cityhallselfie. Sharing widely via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram I used the blog and an associated image to target councils, LGAs and those E2A members who I know would be happy to oblige and take part on the day. Unfortunately the response was poor and my expectations left deflated.
So as 15 August started I wasn’t sure if anyone would actually join in around ANZ, but to my excitement they did and as the day went on a battle transpired between Dan Popping of #cityhallselfie days sponsors Bang the Table and to my surprise the City of Port Adelaide Enfield.
Dan was seemingly the first in Australia to rattle one off via the Bang the Table Twitter account at 7:30am, shortly followed by E2A President Becky Hirst and Board Member Amy Hubbard just after 8am outside this years (un)Conference venue of St Kilda Town Hall. I myself got my first one out 30 mins later on the way to work passing the City of Adelaide’s offices.
Throughout the morning more started to show up in the #cityhallselfie feed and along with another from me and more from Dan and Becky, Bang the Table’s Joe Waller (putting NZ on the map) and Sam Parsons also joined in. Then boom it started, the City of Port Adelaide Enfield (PAE) joined the game.
First was their library team, then Mayor Gary Johanson and then their property team… Dan was getting competition for most selfies taken in a day in ANZ. True to form we got another from Dan, then another from PAE. Then just before lunch Cr Claire Boan from PAE made it 5-5. I was loving it. #Cityhallselfie day had finally reached the shores of Australia.
Jane Russo added one from City of Unley firmly cementing South Australia on the map, whilst Becky continued a tour of her local area. More came in from the Bang the Table team – Susan Sommers and then it happened PAE went up 6-5 with their people and culture team. Dan again and again and again… but wait, how was he getting around all these places so fast… does Bang the Table own a private jet, have they chartered a helicopter or invented time travel? A rat was smelt.
PAE’s acting CEO Sarah joined in as well as more team members including their brilliant Comms and Media team who had coordinated the Councils involvement. As the afternoon went on more Bang team popped up with Melissa and Ray and then there was this special one (see above) from E2A friend and (un)Conference Advocate Lord Max Hardy surveying Melbourne from his penthouse. E2A Board members Clare, adding to topical political debate by including a rainbow flag, and Megan popped up in Melbourne as did Anthony who is currently in Italy and shared one from Capri. A final flourish late I the day saw Marion Lawie in Logan, Social PinPoint, Lake Macquarie and City of Port Phillip (via Facebook) share their selfies. City of Charles Sturt also presented this creative shot taken outside Hindmarsh Town Hall.
Before the day was finished I snuck up to the City of Salisbury in Northern Adelaide to get a selfie with a Council billboard which I appear on. This is where I had started in Australia over 5 years ago and whilst I have long since gone in person my memory lives on in picture.
So as the sun set in Australia (we saw no pictures from WA which was a little disappointing since they would have seen all the fun we’d had in SA, Victoria, Queensland and NSW) I felt like #Cityhallselfie day had been a hit in ANZ. Check out the map here: http://elgl.org/2017/08/14/2017-cityhallselfie-day-map/
The little battle between Dan and PAE for the most selfies in a day was fun, even if Dan had save his selfies all year, because it showed how much fun you could have with the day and how easy it is to take part – final score by the way was Dan 15 – PAE 12. Even as we moved into 16 August and passed the baton over to the UK and US to continue the fun Australia kept going with Aaron Glossop of SA Water, Helen and Martin in Melbourne and our very own Becky adding more to the ANZ collection.
Whilst the day has passed it doesn’t have to stop you from continuing to take #cityhallselfies and please do as we love to see them. If you’ve never done it before check out all the examples above for inspiration. Whether you’re at work or on holiday have some fun and share you selfies via Twitter or Instagram. Until next year, happy snapping.
Check out the 2017 US winners here: http://elgl.org/2017/08/18/2017-cityhallselfie-award-winners/
(If I have missed any of your great #cityhallselfie efforts out I’m sorry… Dan clogged up my feed)