Using social technologies for social impact

Social by Social for Local Gov & Communities: 21 Sept Event Details

The Event:

Time: September 21, 2009 from 2pm to 5pm
Location: CLG, Eland House, Victoria, London SW1E 5DU
Street: Bressenden Place
City/Town: London
Website or Map:

This is the proposed first stage – an opportunity for people involved in key projects at a programme level to do some initial mapping of who’s doing what and explore new collaborations, how to get synergy, take up, etc.

This will probably include key people from CLG, MoJ, BIS, plus Talk about Local, Media Trust, Young Foundation, RSA, IDeA and NESTA – but others welcome too if they think this is the right stage for them/their organisation to be involved. There will be other opportunities later in the process.

The Agenda

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 the 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! Join the Local Communities ning and add your thoughts about the event here!


About Amy Sample Ward

Dedicated to supporting and educating nonprofits and the progressive social change sector about evolving technologies that cultivate and engage communities.

One comment on “Social by Social for Local Gov & Communities: 21 Sept Event Details

  1. Steph Gray
    11 September 2009

    Sounds good – I think I’ll be there for part of the session at least.

    Want me to introduce the 5 characters and a discussion about the kinds of skills involved in digital engagement?

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