As Europe wrestles with the economic downturn and changes in ruling coalitions in several major countries, the time is ripe to explore how citizens, civil society organizations, and governments alike are using new interactive communications technologies to address critical problems.
I've just joined the group and not sure of the etiquette so I thought I would introduce myself and my new social enterprise.
I am a design consultant and have been for many years. In my shady past I have been on the wrong end of consumerism creating delightful products with engaging experiences that for all intense purposes were developed to make people buy more stuff (though in my defense I designed some tools for good along the way…
I am looking for feed back and possible collaboration on the following idea : a wiki on how to use social media, designed for changemakers. It would look like lists of tips and tools (which is already ubiquitous on the web) but regularly updated by the contributors. As you now, the challenge with social media is to follow its fast pace of evolution. Check what we are testing : http://socialters.org
I've been writing a lot at Socialreporter about the Big Society plans promoted by the Conservatives, and now adopted by the new coalition government - backstory here. The plans mean doing more with less public funding, with promised opportunities for charities, social entrepreneurs and volunteers, and a role for social technology both in empowerment and service improvements.
The Left thinks… Continue
Added by David Wilcox on May 21, 2010 at 10:00 —
Have you submitted a proposal yet? The deadline of May 3rd is approaching fast.
Here's why you should submit a proposal:
Show case your work with 700 delegates from over 40 countries and be seen as a pioneer and leader in what you do If you have been part of a successful (or unsuccessful) project with
innovative best practices, lessons learned, hints and tips, then we…
This event format that I'm calling Project Spaces is a response to my experience and what I hear echoed throughout the "innovation" sector: that we have lots of opportunities to come together and people are excited to share and collaborate, but nothing ever "happens." Project Spaces is a format that includes a longer-term process instead of just one day and requires commitment, excitement and purpose in order to succeed. If you are an organization or group that wants to catalyze and support… Continue
The RFP (or Invitation To Tender) was issued to potential solution providers for the Knowledge Hub on 23rd March. All recipients of the RFP are required to sign a Non Disclosure Agreement (NDA) since some of the Khub requirements are commercially sensitive.
If there are any other technology/web service providers who would like to be considered for inclusion in the tendering process, please contact either Philip Connett (…
Public-i’s Open Source ePetitioning software is now available from The Open Source Observatory and Repository for European public administrations (OSOR):http://www.osor.eu/projects/epetitionsIf you want to know more about it either contact me or there's a press release on the…Continue
There are a lot of really good, really valid reasons why local government is not always an early adopter when it comes to new technology, like social media. Local government is plenty busy with a lot of other things. Local
government has to be careful with public money, so it’s reasonable to
take a wait and see attitude…to a point. But there comes a time when
the weight of evidence is strong enough to take a risk. With…
Public mission and social media. How does the digitalisation of the media landscape affect the public mission of the media (information, education, entertainment) ? How to public institutions extend their services using new media? Is it easier to be a citizen in the digital age? Or is it all just a big fad?
Come to discuss these questions at a free event on 25 March 2010 in Central London. We have invited a wide range of speakers: the usual suspects (the BBC and academics) as well as… Continue
Added by Anna Piela on March 9, 2010 at 13:40 —
I've just posted this over on socialreporter, and thought it might be of interest because it updates the work Iris Lapinski reported earlier. Congratulations to Iris and all at CDI for securing funding from Dell and putting together such an innovative project.
Young people looking for jobs and new skills ... community problems needing… Continue
Added by David Wilcox on March 7, 2010 at 18:56 —
I've been doing a bit of research into citizen engagement models for my MSc research and started to think about how these models relate to digital engagement. I looked at various models and frameworks and combined them to help me conceptualise digital engagement.
This hasn't been widely advertised yet, but I put some information about the Knowledge Hub on a page which will eventually be the actual link to the beast itself - http://www.local.gov.uk/knowledgehub
I should add that the live product may not be called the 'Knowledge Hub', in which case the URL will change accordingly. However, for the time being I'll use this page (noted above) as a place holder to put out any general information… Continue
Added by Stephen Dale on February 4, 2010 at 16:34 —
When thinking about digital public services, it’s easy to get bogged down in jargon like g-cloud, data mash-ups, web 2.0 (or is it 3.0 now), and the tantalising promise of having a ‘government on the web not of the web’. But this article I saw recently by a man venting his frustration at registering his tax return online, reminded me why as the national organisation for consumers,… Continue
Added by Liz Coll on January 30, 2010 at 13:28 —
The GovCamp event on Saturday was a terrific opportunity to ask the assembled tech and policy experts, innovators and creative disruptors, how they thought we might get more user involvement in the development of digital public services to improve quality, and/or save money. It's a project we are working on for Consumer Focus,… Continue