Our workshop is shaping up as a great opportunity to hear about the plans of government and national programmes to support local online communities and sites - and to explore the practicalities of setting up and running them. We'll be looking at what social technology means for local activists, local government, and local media - and how to blend new stuff with the rich mix of existing communications and relationships in any area.
Our host from the Department for Communities and Local Government, Antonio Irranca, is on holiday until next week, so David Wilcox and I have develop a loose framework which we hope you will help fill out. The idea is for the three hours to be a mix of short presentations, and conversation starters, with most of the agenda set by those attending. It's a chance to try the unconferencing format that's increasingly popular when social media types meet face-to-face. (If you aren't familiar with this, don't worry. No embarrassing games, minimum Powerpoint, lots of chance to chat to the people who interest you).
We hope some collaborations will emerge, but first conversations -> relationships -> trust -> interactions
So - how about this:
1. Welcome, introductions and networking
2. An update from Government - what's happening, what's planned within DCLG
3. The national programmes - Talk About Local, Community Voices, Local 2.0 and others
4. Social innovation supported by Government - Ministry of Justice, Innovation Fund
5. Topics that you suggest. Here's some to throw into the pot ... what do you think? what would you add?
- what's happening in local government. IDeA have big plans on social media and knowledge sharing programme; and who's who related to local community work
- local media - citizen journalism, community reporters. Maybe something from Manchester and Birmingham?
- social spaces - how to blend online and face-to-face. Tessy Britton has a great project here
- what are the skills and roles needed. I really like Steph Gray's suggestions on digital engagement
- the Secretary of State is keen on democratic renewal ... but what does it mean, and what part might local social tech play
- resources for local activists and others - how we might use/remix content from Social by Social and other places
The format here will be someone pitches a topic and we break into groups, with the chance to repitch/remix for a second round
6. Review how useful the workshop has been and any follow through.
There's no pre-determined agenda on next steps. If this Ning network is useful, we'll keep it going. If other events seem a good idea, let's see who might host next time. If this get-together is enough, that's fine.
What would you like to hear about - or discussion might you lead?
I hope that we can get some content up online before the event, particularly on 2, 3, 4, so that presentations can be 10 minutes or less.
So, dive in! Add your thoughts here
about items you'd like to discuss, questions you'd like addressed, and so on - and see you soon!