Using social technologies for social impact
Last week in Edinburgh Drew Mackie and I had a chance to play the Social by Social game “for real” – inviting those attending Scotweb2 to take “Edinburgh in recession” as a case study for what benefits social technology might bring to an area.
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The format was rather like the one that we used for the Net Tuesday event: first describe the situation (Edinburgh), then break into groups and develop projects. In this case around transport, environment, community engagement, education and employment in the recession.
We then offered groups cards with ideas for engagement and social technology – much like those in the Net Tuesday event – and asked for plans. The final stage was using some money cards to balance the costs.
As you can see from the video report backs, we got some really creative ideas … all in the space of an hour and a half. Alex recaps the scenario, and each group reports on their theme and project. We hope that the ideas will find their way into the official policy-making process.