Before Christmas, we announced to the Knowledge Hub advisory group
that we'd be using the Social by Social network
as our online home for shaping and developing Knowledge Hub
. This might seem a slightly perverse decision considering that the IDeA already administers a fabuously successful social network for local government
(over 30,000 members and growing).
But really it is entirely consistent with what we're trying to achieve. The Social by Social Network is emerging as a place where we can engage with others who are involved in work in using social media to make things better. It helps to ensure that we're not duplicating what others are doing in this arena and more importantly that we're all learning from each other.
As a founder member (programme level subscriber) of the network, we're also hoping that this space can be developed as a marketplace for local public services and others who want to engage with social entrepreneurs or want to take advantage of social tech, but don't know where to start.
We're also seeing the social media/digital inclusion/ linked and open data government funding becoming a bit crowded. Not so much crowded in terms of the possibilities...there's lots of useful work that needs to be done, skills to be developed, projects and approaches to trial. But the complexity and multiple sources of funding and project learning can be confusing - and if those who are espousing openness and collaboration can't work openly and collaboratively - well, then - who can? And because there's so much to do, avoiding unnecessary duplication is essential - and where duplication or similarity of purpose is useful we must make sure we learn from that.
So is creating another space the best thing to do? Well - maybe... in this case yes, I think so. It would be great for people to be able to come to one space to find out about nationally funded programmes around local government or local partnerships and social media, whether that be for signposting or discussion. It would be great to have a hub for those of us involved in this work to be able to draw on - one with a nice RSS feed and some easy-share applications.
and Amy Sample Ward
are our primary collaborators in this space and we're really excited to be working with them. They both have excellent track records in terms of bringing people together to do good things on the Net.
Even more social
You read the book ....now see the other book. In more Social by Social
goodness, the IDeA
is collaborating with NESTA
to develop a version of social by social for local government. We're working with one of the original authors, Andy Gibson
to set out the practical benefits of social media for councils and their partners. There will be a strong emphasis on efficiency, improvement and best of all using the tools of the to social web for enhancing local democracy.