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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.

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Funder NESTA tells community projects: cut the paperwork, blog your reports

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I’ve been catching up with the Neighbourhood Challenge programme that was launched last year by NESTA and Big Lottery to support innovative work by community groups in 17 locations around the country.

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Visual Camp – or developing “Policy in Pics”

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Earlier this week I spent an evening in the Treasury, Whitehall, talking not about the economy but about how visuals and other creative approaches may be used to develop and communicate policy.

RSA shows how social networks can support Changemakers

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Over the past few years the RSA’s Connected Communities project has developed methods for mapping who knows who in neighbourhoods, and how they can form a social network. It is fascinating to see the maps that emerge … but how can this approach be turned to the advantage of the community?

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RSA shows how social networks can support Changemakers

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Over the past few years the RSA’s Connected Communities project has developed methods for mapping who knows who in neighbourhoods, and how they can form a social network. It is fascinating to see the maps that emerge … but how can this approach be turned to the advantage of the community?

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Will Hands Up become Hands On? The Localism reality check

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I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Government in coming months about localism and the expectation that people will do more in their communities – not just as volunteers, but in running services.

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Will Hands Up become Hands On? The Localism reality check

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I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more from Government in coming months about localism and the expectation that people will do more in their communities – not just as volunteers, but in running services.

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Innovation agency NESTA announces hyperlocal media research and funding

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The UK innovation agency NESTA is starting a major exploration of the future of hyperlocal media – covering everything from struggling local papers, and reduced local BBC services, through to new Government-backed local TV, and the blogs, online communities and radio stations run by passionate digital activists. Some work is underway to map the hyperlocal landscape, undertaken by Damian Radcliffe.

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BIG’s People Powered Change may catalyse a more bottom-up big society

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With the launch this week of People Powered Change , the Big Lottery sets out its plans for a distinctive niche in the Big Society agenda , supporting local bottom-up community projects. My interest in Friday’s launch in Salford has so far centred on funding for the York Square Mile digital platform. This aims at developing “8000 local democracies&# for community-based action through a mix of advice, signposts to funding, local web sites and benefits for anyone who joins the mutual.

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Popse! takes think tanking onto the street

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I have to confess that I wasn’t paying much attention to the tweets this week from @popupthinktank … until I met up with Nick Temple at the On Purpose party.

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The sociable role of social reporters

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What are social reporters, and what do they do? Do you see yourself as one? A London Net Tuesday event earlier this week gave me confidence that those are questions worth asking, even if the answers are ones we still have to choose for ourselves.

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Clearing the ground to claim Big Society for ourselves

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It’s been a bad couple of weeks for Big Society if you are sitting in Whitehall … but rather a good time if you believe that there are some useful principles and opportunities in the large bag originally promoted as central to the Conservative manifesto. They are just in the wrong ownership. We need to unpack the bag, re-assemble the pieces, claim them for ourselves, and stick on some different labels.

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The official and unofficial connectors that may make localism work

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Yesterday I was at the launch of a substantial report about “official” work in neighbourhoods, published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation , on how councils can take forward government policies to decentralise control, promote active citizenship and maybe help realise big society.

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Open innovation reporters and a Social App Store are needed to complement local news hubs

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In my last post , on Big Lottery’s investment of some £10 million in five projects to support the People Powered Change programme, I said I would come up with ideas on how to fill what seems to me to be some of the gaps around helping community groups and citizens share experience and get the know-how they need.

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Businesses can be community hubs, says RSA report

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Increasingly the “social bumping places”** where we might come across other local residents in our communities are stores and supermarkets … and the RSA believes that this could be turned to greater advantage for both shops and shoppers.

Businesses can be community hubs, says RSA report

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Increasingly the “social bumping places”** where we might come across other local residents in our communities are stores and supermarkets … and the RSA believes that this could be turned to greater advantage for both shops and shoppers.

The challenge of networking civil society

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Summary: local activists and volunteers need to share their achievements and experience in hard times. The publicly-funded sites for this have some limitations, and smaller sites, mainly run by volunteers, don’t have the resources to grow.

The return of Big Society debate via its critics, friendly or otherwise

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Just when we thought Big Society as call-to-action had faded into big society as policy framework – as reported recently by Third Sector , and earlier here – the Office for Civil Society has followed up on the open letter from Minister Nick Hurd , affirming BS, with a rather smart move. OCS have commissioned four community and and voluntary sector organisations to report on what Big Society means for the groups they represent.

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A wealth of hyperlocal insights from #TAL12

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The Talk About Local unconference in Birmingham yesterday was a highly sociable and enjoyable chance to catch up on the development of hyperlocal blogs and online communities … and also gather some insights for Socialreporters’ new exploration into community enabling and digital tech. Here are the video interviews that I shot. I’ve summarised below, with links to each interview. The playlist is here.

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A wealth of hyperlocal insights from #TAL12

Social Reporter

The Talk About Local unconference in Birmingham yesterday was a highly sociable and enjoyable chance to catch up on the development of hyperlocal blogs and online communities … and also gather some insights for Socialreporters’ new exploration into community enabling and digital tech. Here are the video interviews that I shot. I’ve summarised below, with links to each interview. The playlist is here.

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Community reporting grows up with its own Institute

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Good to see another burst of energy from the Manchester-based People’s Voice Media , with the launch of their Institute of Community Reporters, and also a European Network for community reporters. In a news release Gary Copitch, PVM’s Chief Executive says: “We now have over 1000 reporters on the database from across the UK and a further 600 across Europe so it seems to make sense to develop the network and recognise the achievement of the reporters.”

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Community reporting grows up with its own Institute

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Good to see another burst of energy from the Manchester-based People’s Voice Media , with the launch of their Institute of Community Reporters, and also a European Network for community reporters. In a news release Gary Copitch, PVM’s Chief Executive says: “We now have over 1000 reporters on the database from across the UK and a further 600 across Europe so it seems to make sense to develop the network and recognise the achievement of the reporters.”

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Join Our Society for the Big Society anniversary reality check event

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Big Society is reaching it’s first birthday as a manifesto, a network, and set of ideas and principles that have shaped many Coalition government policies. On Thursday in London the far more modest, less contentious, non-partisan Our Society is holding a big society reality check. I hope you’ll join us online or in person.

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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.

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Playing the game of saving Slapham community spaces

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The Community Matters annual conference last weekend gave Drew Mackie and I a chance to test out a new workshop game that we hope will help local groups plan take over and run community buildings – or improve the ones they have.

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10 messages in planning digital engagement with young people

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Below are 10 messages to consider in planning any project using digital technology to engage young people and address the key challenges they face. I think most are relevant to any digital engagement process. The messages have been summarised by Tim Davies from the event we ran last week with Nominet Trust as part of the exploration I reported here. The exploration will help frame a major funding challenge programme.

10 messages in planning digital engagement with young people

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Below are 10 messages to consider in planning any project using digital technology to engage young people and address the key challenges they face. I think most are relevant to any digital engagement process. The messages have been summarised by Tim Davies from the event we ran last week with Nominet Trust as part of the exploration I reported here. The exploration will help frame a major funding challenge programme.

How helpful is journalism for People Powered Change? Further thoughts.

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What sort of community media and support for knowledge sharing, learning and innovation do we need – both locally and nationally – when the big society policy agenda expects so much more of citizen-led action?

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NESTA announces details of hyperlocal research and funding

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The innovation agency NESTA has now announced full details of Destination Local , their hyperlocal development programme, which I trailed here. Together with the Technology Strategy Board they are funding £1 million of pilot projects. In particular, we are looking for prototypes that make the most of mobile technologies to deliver geographically-relevant local media.

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No 10 talk turns from Big Society to small is beautiful, says The Times

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A link in the always-informative Conservative Home newsletter prompted me to spend £1 subscribing to The Times online. The link teaser was: “Increasingly, Mr Cameron’s advisers have started to argue that “small is beautiful” rather than talking about the Big Society.”

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An update on social reporting, including support from BIG

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A couple of things came together recently to re-convince me that “social reporting” is a useful banner under which to promote the blending of new and old media and skills for collaboration and social benefit. Here’s how the idea started, for me.).

Building a network for People Powered Change

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Over the past week the partners in Big Lottery Fund’s People Powered Change initiative have provided some updating posts about their work, on BIG’s blog.

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Social App Store gains support in the North

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Earlier this week Big Society in the North launched with an open event in Sheffield, and as I expected it was a great opportunity to test some ideas developed mainly in London against harder local realities – including the Social App Store.

Videos from 3rd sector social media convention

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I spent today at the Third Sector Social Media Convention, and as you can see from the programme it was back-to-back keynotes and workshops, so I didn’t have a lot of time for video. Or maybe I just found it more interesting to listen and network than interupt people with a camera. However, I took my iPad 2 along to see if it would be an improvement on the iPhone 3gs I usually use.

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Colalife update – moving to $1 million trial

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Yesterday I had a chance to catch up with Simon and Jane Berry for an update on the amazing Colalife project , which started with the germ of an idea about how the Coca Cola distribution system could help save children’s lives.

No 10 wants to hear about your local digital project

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If your community-benefit project would itself benefit from some endorsement from the Prime Minister, there’s a couple of days before the next round of submissions for Big Society Awards. If, in addition, yours is a digitally-enabled project, you might have a good chance of being featured on the No 10 web site as one of 12 projects chosen each quarter, and getting an invite to a reception with David Cameron. Full details here including the nomination form.

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Local democracy is a competitive business: how can Create a Council be more engaging?

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Last night’s event on why Londoners might wish to campaign for the equivalent of local parish councils brought home to me the gap between new and older forms of engagement and representation – and prompted some ideas on how to blend the two.

More rebranding of citizen media as “journalism”. Sigh

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The Guardian voluntary sector network has an interesting provocative piece headlined How citizen journalism is setting the local agenda which goes on to say: Hyper-local news, websites and blogs are inextricably linked to cohesion and engagement within communities. Adding in a caption: Many local bloggers and writers may not recognise themselves as citizen journalists, but they are telling their story and connecting local people.

More rebranding of citizen media as “journalism”. Sigh

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The Guardian voluntary sector network has an interesting provocate piece headlined How citizen journalism is setting the local agenda which goes on to say: Hyper-local news, websites and blogs are inextricably linked to cohesion and engagement within communities. Adding in a caption: Many local bloggers and writers may not recognise themselves as citizen journalists, but they are telling their story and connecting local people.

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Protected: Challenge: can the online collaborators join up to demonstrate how to network civil society?

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