I'll use this discussion thread to add updates on the work that I'm doing on the Store, and hope that others will too. The aim is to make this a collaborative process, so I'm hoping ideas and activities will bubble up in different places as people start to lay out their wares, and set out their stalls.Recap
. You'll find a first description of the store idea
on the bsnopen wiki, developed after the Big Society Network Open Night.
Further events and chats
- If Big Society is substantially do-it-yourself, we need a DIY store. This could feature new and old methods to support social action, and be a market place with some free and some paid-for content.
- The metaphor of a mobile phone app store encourages us to think about lots of good stuff, developed by different people, within a framework that sets standards, ensures things join up and are easy to use. The good stuff doesn't have to be tech it just has to be online, and maybe enhanced in other ways by social tech.
- The store can be a place where tech and nontech people engaged in social action, and support for social enterprise, can find some common cause, and common language.
- Development of the store will draw on old and new principles of open, collaborative development, where people are prepared to share, and build on the work of others.
A group at the launch of Big Society in the North
took the idea forward, and you can see a report of discussion from Clare Mackenzie here
. I know there have been further discussions to follow up, in Sheffield.
We also talked about the store at and after an event organised by the network with Unltd
, where there was some support for the idea of making it a social enterprise.
I've had some great discussions with Anne McCrossan, following her earlier post
, linking retail experience, social media, open business planning and much more. I'm hoping Anne will develop those ideas here.
Steve Moore and I briefed a contact in Cabinet Office, and at NESTA. I've talked to the Directgov Innovate team
, and dotgovlabs who run Hack Days
and innovation spaces.Social by Social
Amy Sample Ward and Andy Gibson, co-authors with me and Cass Business School of the NESTA-funded Social by Social book, are also excited by the opportunities to take forward some of that content. You can see the book online here
, and download free. There's stacks of how-tos as well as guidance on project development. A lot of this could be re-purposed as social apps, particularly for use by those organising in local communities.Where next?
Among the different development strands we need to follow are:
- Looking at other examples of repositories of resources for social action and social enterprise.
- Showcasing examples of what we mean by Social Apps, so people know what we are talking about.
- Understanding the needs of our different potential customers - and working out how to pilot in local communities.
- Building a core group of potential collaborators (that's starting here), and considering how to motivate and reward those who contribute to the store
- Working out a process to develop a business plan collaboratively, and the values and principles that will underpin this.
- Understanding and planning tech development of the store online
I'm being paid part-time by Big Society Network as social reporter, and to take a lead on the store, so I can work on some of this - starting with 1, 2, and 3. The Network does not have funds to commission work. However, I'm hoping we can - under 4 and 5 - find ways that make it worthwhile for people to contribute, and pitch to other sponsors and funders.
Social App Store is a working title.