I’ve been attending and live tweeting from Vic Council and committee meetings for a few weeks now, and I decided to write this post for those of you who are wondering why I do it. My reasons are as follows:
- I live in Victoria with my partner
- My partner loves living in Victoria and wants us to stay in Victoria
- I think Victoria could be better – in various ways yet to be defined
- I think local government is fascinating – I really truly do
- I’ve worked in local government and so I understand it a bit
- I am someone who asks lots of questions
- I don’t think we as Victorians are asking enough questions
- I want to see more questions asked and practical answers required from the City of Victoria and its elected representative regarding the services they provide with our tax dollars
- I want Victoria to be great
So what do I want to do?
I want to build a dynamic website where anyone can go to learn about the City of Victoria, its governance, and its people. I want there to be observational and analytical components to this site. I want to communicate city actions out and I want to communicate community needs in towards the city. I also want there to be a space on this site for critical, in-depth analyses of big issues facing the City as well as reflections on big projects being managed by the city.
I want to regularly provide such content through a various means including social media (yay Twitter!), blog posts and weekly videos.
What can you expect of me?
I chatted briefly with new Victoria Councillor Jeremy Loveday this afternoon, and he made the comment that my tweets are “largely factual”. This made me happy. This made be happy because I aim to be factual, and I aim to be factual because city governance (especially on the scale of the City of Victoria) involves effective management of MANY facts. And as with anything, Victoria city governance also includes lots of emotions that must also be managed. People are people after all.
With Victorian Analysis, I don’t want emotion to dominate facts.
If anything – personal disclosure time – I’ve gotten in trouble in the past for failing to respect emotions since I can be a little robotic at times, especially when my brain is busy analysing such fascinating things as city governance.
So why do I deserve your time?
In my life and in my work, I don’t just gripe about things, I fix them. If I have an issue, I address it. If someone has a problem with me, or with something I can help them with, I work with them to resolve it. I don’t take things personally, and as I’ve gotten older I’ve learned that we’re all just doing the best that we can. When I experience hardship, I lick my wounds then move on. Lastly, and above all else, I am genuinely curious about many things and I just want everyone to be curious too.
Let’s dig deep into the City of Victoria together!
You can find me on Twitter @AnalyseVic