Tom Watson , William Perrin and the Power of Information taskforce shows off some mock ups for crime mapping by neighbourhood and the whole social media story makes it onto the Telegraph’s front page with a couple of subsidiary articles – including one mentioning West Midlands Police mapping site. Practical and political! Crime mapping has been useful tool in the US for a few years now, some of it inspired by tracking gun crime and is seeing growing use in the UK.
Podminions is the podcast of King’s Norton Boys’ School in Birmingham, UK. Here we will tell stories of the local community, the things we do in and out of school, argue about the issues that matter to us and share with you the music we write.
We set this up with a little help from the Birmingham Community Empowerment Network and another podcast called the Grassroots Channel. But what we say here is entirely our doing – so listen and then please tell us what you think.
You can download the episodes below:
Together We Can – 31 March 2006
The first podcast from the boys at King’s Norton Boys’ School. In this episode four boys attend a conference at the NEC aimed at promoting active citizens around the UK.
Sport: Year 8 vs Shenley Court – 17 May 2006
In this episode, we send three boys to a year 8 football match against Shenley Court.
Half the World – 24 June 2006
In this episode, we send two boys out on a trip with the GCSE Citizenship group to Chamberlain Square in Birmingham as part of Refugee Week. Also includes music from student Jack Newett called “Half the World”.
Summer Concert 2006 – 18 July 2006
In this episode we send Ruairi out with the recorder to find out what’s happening behind the scenes at our school summer concert.
Healthy foods – 25 September 2006
In this episode we visit Simpsons Restaurant in Edgbaston to promote healthy meals in schools.
Say Cheese! 28 October 2006
We had a photographer (Ian Reynolds of i4images. com) come into our school and take photos of students under the title “A Learning Community” this podcast asks students and teachers what their opinions of the photos were.
From Here to There series
Part 1 – 11 October 2006. We introduce a project we will be taking part in over the next few months called “From Here to There”.
Part 2 – 17 November 2006. We go to Manchester Exhibition Centre and give a talk on the project. If you haven’t listened to part 1 we suggest you do so or this won’t make any sense to you!
Part 3 – 24 February 2007. The podminions go to Lyon, France for a week.
First apologies to Steve Bridger for my inability to avoid the obvious pun on his latest and very fine post.
Last month when we met at an NVCO ICT Foresight group meeting Steve mentioned the idea of a “Buzz Director” for non profits.
It’s a particular crusade of mine to encourage not-for-profits to identify an internal champion (or recruit a virtual volunteer) to take on this role. Call it what you will. I like Beth Kanter’s “Social Media Coach”. But how about “Cause Evangelist”? Anyway, you get the idea.
Steve is essentialy looking for someone who understands how the internet can be used to broaden relationships and widen support. It is a job for someone with a clear appreciation of the point of your organisation combined with a talent for looking (and indeed living) over the horizon – perhaps you could say beyond infinity?
One of the qualities he identifies is the ability to… Read more
Mike Overton has fought for years to prevent developers building homes on an old waste tip and clap pit in Erdington in Birmingham, UK. He talks to Emma Lewis of b:cen about the site and why protecting it matters so much to him. Also in the programme a thanks to listeners in Belgrade and Birmingham who mentioned our programmes on their blogs and more information of the Podminions, a podcast channel run by pupils at Kings Norton Boys School.
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