I have a lot of respect for the work that the Fabian Society does, but they just do not seem to understand that the old channels of influence do not work in quite the same way as before. The new Fabian Society website is one of the worst new sites I’ve seen in a while.
The Fabians have a few thousand members, all of them full of ideas ready to be expressed. So how much chance is there on the new website to express any of those ideas? Absolutely none. The site acts as little more than an online pamphlet list. That’s just not good enough. A major component of think tank work needs to be conducted online, especially if – like the Fabian Society – it’s possible to become a member of the organisation. Look at the websites of Compass, Progress or Demos, all of which do a far better job. I wonder who was advising the Fabians. Whoever it was did not do a very good job.