Originally, Social by Social
was the name of the work we compiled in a project commissioned by NESTA and then turned into an online and hardcopy resource. "Social by Social" is also a concept, a way of doing things, the phrase we've come up with to describe what we do: using social technologies for social impact. We hope that this umbrella concept will provide a meeting space, online and offline, for all those working in a social by social way to connect with each other, share ideas and experiences, and push conversations and projects forward. We want you to be part of Social by Social - join in today!
This network started as a group on net.digitalengagement.org
with the idea of bringing together content and discussion from a growing number of national initiatives that are supporting the use of social technology in local communities.
The main ones are listed on the wiki
which is linked to this space. They include Community Voices (Media Trust); DC10plus; Local 2.0 (Young Foundation); RSA Connected Communities; Talk About Local; Timely Information to Citizens; IDeA/local authorities. These are variously aiming to do some or all of:
- researching what's already happening in localities
- identifying "what works"
- providing funding and/or training for local projects
- running national and regional events
- developing howtos or toolkits
- setting up online networks
Is there scope for collaboration? Could we prototype the sort of online system and resources that would serve policymakers and researchers, practitioners and activists?
Many of the programme are supported by the Department for Communities and Local Government
, and following discussion in the Department's Community Engagement Tools Board it seems the Department may use its convening power to bring together the various interests in one or more workshops in autumn 2009.
That prospect - and the initial discussions at net.digitalengagement.org - suggested it was worth creating this network with more functions.
Draft intro page on the wiki
Original discussion at the local communities group here