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Our first year exploring how to make London a more Networked City

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Over the past year I’ve worked with Drew Mackie, Matt Scott and a host of other people on an exploration into how we can use network thinking, digital tech and self-organising to support London civil society.

2018 207

Networked City development

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I’m currently writing for a new Networked City blog which complements our NWC wiki and NWC forum. Networked City is a loose framework within which people, projects and organisations can learn how to use mapping, network building, data and technology for community and social benefit. We are developing a network and communities of practice. Recent posts at Networked City. Smarter London Together starts on the road to people-first design. Can it also lead to strong civil society?

2018 159

Explaining to London’s Deputy Mayor how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

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As I reported earlier in the this update , I’ve been working with community groups and networks to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for London’s civil society.

2017 207

Latest posts from Networked City

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Here’s the latest posts from the Networked City blog. See earlier posts for more about our development – or the Networked City wiki. Why Government and funders might give more support to community technology, social infrastructure and connecting citizens. Network maps need conversations to be useful, and conversations benefit from mapping … the dynamics of civic operating systems.

2018 100

Help us co-design a Living Lab to show #thewayahead for London’s civil society

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Recently I’ve been writing at mediablends.com about a major initiative from London Funders, called The Way Ahead. Here’s some reference to TWA.

2016 207

Looking for ideas at @LDNCommMedia summit on how community media can help in Connecting Londoners. Here’s our headlines.

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Originally posted on Connecting Londoners. I’m going to the London Community Media Summit later today, hoping to have some useful conversations about the role of local blogs, news sites, online communities and radio in Connecting Londoners and making London a more Networked City. It provides a good nudge for me to write some headlines summarising where we at, with reference links and notes.

2017 159

Updates on Networked City – and the RSA

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I’m currently blogging over here about the London Networked City exploration , and also about the RSA’s own Networked Cities initiative. In addition, I’m helping start a Fellows’ Forum for the RSA, and have put together some history of past RSA online initiatives on a wiki about OpenRSA. All posts

2017 159

Why conversation is the best way to share knowledge

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Often the simplest methods can yield the best results in complex situations – particularly if they help release people’s enthusiasm for sharing experience socially.

2013 275

Using digital technology and asset mapping to tackle social isolation – without special funding

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I’m sure that the 15 partnerships supported under the Big Lottery Fund’s £82 million programme to tackle social isolation, which I wrote about earlier , will produce excellent projects over the next five years – but how about the other areas that pitched but did not get funding?

2014 239

Networked City development

Social Reporter

I’m currently writing for a new Networked City blog which complements our NWC wiki and NWC forum. Networked City is a loose framework within which people, projects and organisations can learn how to use mapping, network building, data and technology for community and social benefit. We are developing a network and communities of practice. Recent posts at Networked City. Smarter London Together starts on the road to people-first design. Can it also lead to strong civil society?

2018 100

London as a #networkedcity gains support at first event. Now here’s the plan

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First published on mediablends.com. We had a terrific meeting at Newspeak House earlier this week, which I trailed as the launch of the London Networked City exploration. I wrote previously: The exploration we are launching tomorrow , with the London Council for Voluntary Action, aims to complement a much bigger exercise by London funders, LVSC and Greater London Volunteering.

2017 159

Explaining to London's Deputy Mayor how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

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As I reported earlier in the this update , I’ve been working with community groups and networks to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for London’s civil society.

2017 130

Update on Living Well in the Digital Age 3

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My recent blogging is at mediablends.com including these posts about the Joined Up Digital initiative I’ve been working on with the Centre for Ageing Better. The @agenoretirement Festival builds on #joinedupdigital connector plans: create local community coops where #agedoesnotmatter. Ideas for connecting citizens and building local communities – developed in the Joined Up Digital initiative – moved forward significantly at The Age of No Retirement Festival yesterday.

2016 159

Citizen journalists animate a virtual high street for independent living support and conversation

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Access Dorset’s Virtual Centre for Independent Living via kwout.

2013 242

A tasty intro to digital – Tea, Toast and T’Internet

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Time was when introducing older people to the potential of the online world – in official pursuit of digital inclusion – meant a computer, trainer, and possibly a bit of a struggle with the mouse. Now we are beginning to see a less formal approach: tea, toast and tablets.

2014 225

Update on Ageing Better Innovation – look to apps and connectors

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Here’s an update on my exploration into how digital innovation may help support personal well-being, and services for ageing better.

2014 203

How our workshop game confirmed all digital adoption is personal

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This week some 50 people joined us in exploring how older people, or indeed anyone, might be encouraged to engage with digital technology and the Internet – without a screen in sight. Instead we used bits of card, flip charts and a lot of animated conversation.

2014 229

A lesson in co-design: why the walk to the river beats a trip to the well

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The importance of doing things with people, rather to them or for them, has cropped up a few times in my recent posts … whether designing technology for a better later life , re-inventing a knowledge hub , or re-learning the lessons of community architecture.

2013 247

Ten pillars of wisdom: a manifesto for a better later life

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There’s lots of research, programmes and even innovation funding to address the challenges of later life, as our team of socialreporters detailed in a recent exploration for Nominet Trust. However, most of this is about doing things FOR older people.

2013 243

Techy lunch in the City shows community spirit of corporate lawyers

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I’m a big admirer of the the techy tea party movement pioneered by Sharon Tynan for Age UK London and then developed nationally by EE and Age UK. There’s now a National Techy Tea Party Day – or you can organise your own, as I reported last year from Primrose Hill.

2015 173

Preview of the Living Lab for (digital) life

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The workshop that Drew Mackie and I ran last week , exploring how to help people adopt digital technology, is part of a suite of games and other methods we are developing, with Sangeet Bhullar, under the title of Living Lab. I wrote then that I would explain further – so here goes.

2014 215

Open Policy Making promises engagement as well as digital innovation

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A couple of posts on the Open Policy Making blog this week provide insights into how digital technologies, network thinking, and new ways for government to operate may change the way we receive services, engage as citizens – and maybe develop our own community-level innovations.

2015 182

Our first year exploring how to make London a more Networked City

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Over the past year I’ve worked with Drew Mackie, Matt Scott and a host of other people on an exploration into how we can use network thinking, digital tech and self-organising to support London civil society. Our aim is to help introduce innovative ideas and practice into The Way Ahead official plans for the new Hub for London , following closure of the umbrella body for some 120,000 groups, networks and charities.

2018 100

The Cola Road Documentary and what’s next for Colalife

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The RSA Great Room , with its James Barry paintings of The Progress of Human Knowledge, was a fine setting yesterday for the launch of The Cola Road Documentary telling the story of the Colalife mission to deliver medicines to poor mothers in isolated Zambian villages.

2013 221

My idea for digital inclusion – the minimal technology assessment kit

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Provocation: instead of promoting an over-rich mix of technology to people who are resistant or not interested, offer a way to understand how the world is changing and then assess how little tech they might need for their needs and interests.

2014 208

Help us co-design a Living Lab to show #thewayahead for London's civil society

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Recently I’ve been writing at mediablends.com about a major initiative from London Funders, called The Way Ahead. Here’s some reference to TWA.

2016 130

Dropping into conversations about Community Architecture, 25 years on

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Playing through council plans for digital participation in the face of cuts

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Summary: How we used a cast of fictitious characters and organisations to help a London borough plan its digital participation strategy in the face of austerity cuts.

2014 186

SEEFA symposium identifies challenges to innovation in Ageing Better – it’s culture as much as tech

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Summary: a symposium on innovation, technology and later life provides confirmation that many of the challenges to making use of tech for ageing better are organisational and cultural as well as technical. We have plenty of tech – the issues are how to personalise and support use appropriate to people’s needs and situation. But ageing organisations can’t do that if they aren’t using social tech themselves.

2015 174

Joining up ideas for a smarter democratic London

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Summary : inventing some fictitious Londoners and telling the stories of how technology could help them engage with their city could both help create Smart London and enliven the next Mayoral election. A virtual panel of real Londoners could offer a running commentary on the campaign.

2014 194

Explaining to London’s Deputy Mayor how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

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As I reported earlier in the this update , I’ve been working with community groups and networks to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for London’s civil society. Last week I was able to pitch some of those ideas, developed with Drew Mackie, to Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder QC. There’s a full report here on the Connecting Londoners blog, together with background on the Reclaim Our Spaces campaign who organised the event.

2017 100

Explaining to London's Deputy Mayor how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

Social Reporter

As I reported earlier in the this update , I’ve been working with community groups and networks to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for London’s civil society. Last week I was able to pitch some of those ideas, developed with Drew Mackie, to Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder QC. There’s a full report here on the Connecting Londoners blog, together with background on the Reclaim Our Spaces campaign who organised the event.

2017 100

Big Lottery Fund soft launches online community – and advertises an interesting job

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The Big Lottery Fund has opened up an online community platform that’s been under development for some months, judging by earliest message in some of the forums, and news trailed here.

2015 164

Two reports promote people-led local solutions – Big Lottery Fund strategy and a Locality campaign

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Two launch events today promote more local control and citizen involvement in the delivery of services and the development of community projects. Locality, through its Keep it Local campaign , is pressing for more public service contracts to be let to local organisations, instead of large private sector companies. They quote research promising big savings, and well as more responsive services.

2015 157

Developing a Lobbi kit for local agents of change

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Following a Lobbi strategy group meeting yesterday – which I trailed here – it looks as if one strand of development will focus on a kit of technology tools to support local change agents … that is people doing good stuff in their community.

2013 198

Looking for ideas at @LDNCommMedia summit on how community media can help in Connecting Londoners. Here’s our headlines.

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Originally posted on Connecting Londoners. I’m going to the London Community Media Summit later today, hoping to have some useful conversations about the role of local blogs, news sites, online communities and radio in Connecting Londoners and making London a more Networked City. It provides a good nudge for me to write some headlines summarising where we at, with reference links and notes.

2017 100

Looking for ideas at @LDNCommMedia summit on how community media can help in Connecting Londoners. Here's our headlines.

Social Reporter

Originally posted on Connecting Londoners. I’m going to the London Community Media Summit later today, hoping to have some useful conversations about the role of local blogs, news sites, online communities and radio in Connecting Londoners and making London a more Networked City. It provides a good nudge for me to write some headlines summarising where we at, with reference links and notes.

2017 100

Looking for ideas at @LDNCommMedia summit on how community media can help in Connecting Londoners. Here's our headlines.

Social Reporter

Originally posted on Connecting Londoners. I’m going to the London Community Media Summit later today, hoping to have some useful conversations about the role of local blogs, news sites, online communities and radio in Connecting Londoners and making London a more Networked City. It provides a good nudge for me to write some headlines summarising where we at, with reference links and notes.

2017 100

Print your own WikiHouse – the new Community Architecture

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Following my post about the relaunch of the 1987 book on Community Architecture , Charles Knevitt sent me a link to an excellent TED talk spotted by his co-author Nick Wates.

2013 194

Updates on Networked City – and the RSA

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I’m currently blogging over here about the London Networked City exploration , and also about the RSA’s own Networked Cities initiative. In addition, I’m helping start a Fellows’ Forum for the RSA, and have put together some history of past RSA online initiatives on a wiki about OpenRSA. All posts

2017 100

Realising the knowledge assets of research for the rest of us – how about a set of recipe cards?

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This piece is about making academic and professional research as useful as possible to the intended beneficiaries – in this case people later in life and/or with disabilities, and those helping them – a well as professionals.

2013 191

Introducing Lobbi – with bold aims to change politics locally and globally

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Downloading Democracy 2013 – Archived Live Stream from John Popham on Vimeo. Earlier this week Lobbi , a new initiative promoting citizen engagement and action through social media, hosted a Downloading Democracy event in London.

2013 192

Further insights from Colalife into design innovation – and how (not) to report it

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Simon Berry blogs a nuanced account of how Colalife is changing its award-winning package – originally designed to use spare space in CocaCola crates – to deliver medicines to poor mothers in isolated Zambian villages, and how this has been reported.

2013 184