Top 50 Power Players In #UKHousing 2014 – Your Vote Counts….
A year ago I published The Top 50 Power Players In Housing [Klout Edition] – featuring people working in and around the sector.
More seriously – it was done as an exercise in comparing online and offline influence.
Only 14 of the original Power Players remained in the online list. The democratising effect of social media was apparent. CEOs disappeared almost completely and were replaced by people with less seniority – in the traditional hierarchical sense. There was a higher number of women, more ethnic diversity and at least 3 of the top 10 influencers were under the age of 30.
There is a serious point to this. We now have a generation of people working in Housing who have no idea who David Orr and Grania Long are. But they would recognise John Popham and Dominic Campbell. It’s increasingly important that UK Housing leaders embrace digital as a relationship builder rather than a broadcast channel.
I never expected the post to be so popular , it’s the number two ranked piece on this blog and still gets views every day.
I also never planned to do a follow up list , but due to public demand I’m pleased to announce that there will be a 2014 edition published in June!
To freshen it up I’m making three changes based on feedback:
- Although it will still use the controversial Klout score, there will be some new measures included. So , for example , I’ll be looking if a person has a frequently updated blog or website. The full criteria will be published alongside the list.
- Politicians are being dumped. You told me you’d prefer a list without elected members – one that concentrated on real people working in and around the sector.
- For the first time you’ll be able to nominate people you feel have made a significant contribution through their online influence. Who has really shaped things this year? Who ran the best blog? The best social media campaign? Remember this list is reserved for individual people only – you can’t nominate Housing Associations or companies. You can nominate people however you want. You can mention them on Twitter using the hashtag #powerplayers14 , you can DM me or send an email. Ideally though you will add a thread to the bottom of this post. Nominations or suggestions must be made by midnight on Sunday May 11th.
I’m delighted to say that Shirley Ayres – co-founder of the Connected Care Network is joining me to collaborate on the list. Shirley was the Number 1 ranked influencer on last years list after politicians. So , just like me, Shirley won’t be appearing on this years list!
The list will be announced in June and published on this blog simultaneously with the print publication in 24 Housing Magazine. Thanks to Jon Land who is a great sport for suggesting this. Watch out for news also on how some of this years list could find themselves invited to a special event at House Party on 24th June. Thanks to Matt Leach , who would get my vote for innovation in housing , for this.
So – over to you. Who are the Power Players 2014? Remember – they don’t have to work in housing. Just influence it.
As I’ve said – in an online super-connected world – sectors only exist in our imagination anyway….
UPDATE TO POST
SO HERE WE GO…………………
THE 2014 SHORTLIST (although it’s quite long)
Abigail Scott Paul
|Gary Orr||@gary yarlington|
|Victor da Cunha||@victor_dacahuna|
Well done everyone – the Final Fifty will follow in a few weeks…
Thanks for voting
Shirley and Paul