Thanks everyone who has commented here over the past few days, or who’s been in touch with me with their thoughts and ideas. It’s much appreciated and tremendously useful.
I thought I’d mention the four main questions I’m keen to get your answers to at the moment:
* What are the best examples of geek activism, what have they achieved and what can we learn from them?
* What else can geeks do to hold politicians and civil servants to account, and to promote better use of science in public contexts?
* What are the best examples of bad practice, where poor use of evidence or poor awareness of the methods of science have led to policy failures?
* Where have politicians and civil servants done well? Are there examples that could be emulated elsewhere?
Any specifics on these gratefully appreciated.