Hi again everyone
I have booked a room at the Department of Communities and Local Government (Eland House, London) on the afternoon of Sept 21 for the first event.
The Department, in association with Social by Social and the localcommunities network, would therefore like to invite project/programme leaders, both within and outside government, to map who's doing what, explore new collaborations and how to get synergy, take up, etc.
I say first event – but actually this will be preceded on Friday 18th by a social media demo for colleagues in CLG and other departments to help them to get up to speed in all this! I know I could do with this and I’d like to extend this invite to any colleagues in MoJ or BIS in a similar situation.
Who do we think should come? Well whoever is keen, but the vision here is for this to be an opportunity for people involved in key projects at a programme level to do some initial mapping. This will probably include key people from CLG, MoJ, BIS - plus Talk about Local, Media Trust, Young Foundation, RSA, IDeA and NESTA. If you think you/your organisation could contribute, please sign up, but don't worry if you are not involved at this stage as there will be other opportunities to be involved – one of the outputs from the workshop will be ideas on how to fill the gaps, which will probably incllude other events, involving a wider group of people isuch as practitioners, to look at particular themes or projects.
And this event will be followed by Talk About Local in Stoke on October 3 (http://localcommunities.ning.com/events/talk-about-local-unconference), and probably a Media Trust/Young Foundation event later in the autumn.
At the moment we’re limited by room size to 30 people - if many more people wanted to come, we’d have to rethink location and consider how a bigger event might work, but I’ll keep you all posted on that.
If you are interested in this, or the social media demo, please sign up - I'll add both events to this site straight away (well as soon as I can, anyway). I’ll be away from work from 27 August until 14 September, but others will also be monitoring the site and I'll take an occasional look too when I can and try to respond to any messages I receive.
Have signed-up and looking forward to the meeting on 21st Sept. I'm interested in identifying synergies with the Khub project, which (once procured and operational) will provide facilities for local communities to develop their own value-add applications and mashups using Khub data - e.g. best schools, care homes mashed with Google Maps etc.