Social Networking on Climate Change


  • Francesco Molinari 21C Consultancy Ltd



social networking, climate change


This paper reports on the deployment of a multilingual Social Networking Platform in three Regions of Europe (Catalonia, Poitou-Charentes and Tuscany), in the context of an EU-funded Preparatory Action on eParticipation dealing with the issue of climate change and energy policy making at the level of the European Parliament. The US (“Obama”) approach and a novel (“European”) usage of social networks in political online discourses are compared. A recommendation to policy makers is that social networking can be useful whenever the topics under discussion are limited in scope, but also wide in implications, so that they require moving forward from “one-off” and “ad-hoc” participation experiments, towards the permanent coverage of “mission critical” Public Administration functions.


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Author Biography

Francesco Molinari, 21C Consultancy Ltd

Francesco Molinari is an independent research and project manager for several public and private organizations in Europe, from 2009 on being associate to the London based 21C Consultancy firm. Between 2007 and 2008 he has joined the International Research Unit at ALTEC SA, the second largest ICT Company of Greece for R&D expenditure, holding the responsibility for eGovernment research. Between 2003 and 2006 he has been a contract professor at Pisa University, designer of the eGovernment module at the Political Science Faculty. His background also includes a 5-years service as strategic advisor of a middle-sized Italian City Mayor.




How to Cite

Molinari, F. (2011). Social Networking on Climate Change. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 3(1), 118–135.



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