Posted on 15th June 2015 by Nick Booth
We’ve been spending the time providing a social media surgery at #evolve2015 – we get to charities and voluntary organisations use social media and open data bit better and in return meet fab people and learn good stuff. Here are some of the things I found through wandering and conversations… that interest me…
My unstoppable mum is involved in a wellbeing group of “older” women where she lives. They meet up and organise to do things to keep all of them moving, involved, interested/active. This http://www.circlecentral.com/
is a sort of paid for approach to the same thing. Not quite caught fire but interesting none the less. For a working example go here: http://rochdalecircle.org/become_a_helper.php
Open data can fry your brain(s). We’ve been learning how to introduce some open data skills into the social media surgery network thanks to support from the Cabinet Office. Frankly we’ve been keeping it simple, helping organisations use data tools or open data sets for problems they need to solve – and then sharing what we did together at www.bevocal.org and also at blog.socialmediasurgery.com. One conversation reminded me of what we try to do at the social media surgeries – which is stay sensitive to someone’s experience, skill and tolerance. It’s the same as not trying to force someone to drive round a three lane roundabout when so far they only managed to get into third gear in a car park.
Data Visualisation: https://www.silk.co/ Google fusion tables, but more visual, for data visualisation
Mentoring and Befriending Foundation now part of the NCVO.
Keeping people with learning difficulties safer online – I had a fab conversation with Tim Davies from Camp Hill Milton Keynes. They are focussing on refining how they use social media both to promote their residential and support work and the theatre they run. Paul Webster mentioned this from the Foundation for People with Learning disabilities – as a resource on stayong safer online – i like it for it’s cealr visual layout. http://www.learningdisabilities.org.uk/publications/safeonline/
It turns out that Gill from the brilliant tool @whooseshoes may have benefited from what we do…
Tips on micro-volunteering can be found here http://knowhownonprofit.org/how-to/how-to-engage-people-into-microvolunteering.
Posted on 27th May 2015 by Nick Booth
Click on the image to book on the eventbrite page
Creative Citizens is a project that’s been running for a couple of years bringing together research and activity around hyperlocal websites and active citizens. There’s some fine people involved, including Dave Harte (an old friend and collaborator of ours) and one of the researchers has also been investigating motivations behind the brilliant WV11 blog run by our own Steph Clarke and her very fine husband James.
So there is going to be a fair for active citizens and creative citizens organised as part of this programme. To get a free ticker go here www.creativecitizensfair.eventbrite.co.uk.
What to expect? Organiser Jez Turner says :
Thousands of citizens in the UK take part in community projects every day, from citizen journalists to breadmaking collectives, cycling social enterprises to craft makers. If you run a community project, are thinking of starting one, or are just interested in meeting like-minded people, join us at the first Creative Citizens Fair.
Talks will run throughout the day from community and voluntary projects, sharing their experience and tips, with plenty of time for questions.
In the Fair space you can:
- talk to some of the organisations
- take part in activities and workshops
- see the Creative Citizens photo exhibition
- find people to collaborate with
- find out about the Creative Citizens research project
- grab some lunch and coffee
More details at www.creativecitizens.co.uk
The venue is the Impact Hub in Digbeth, which is another home for creative citizens.
Posted on 28th February 2015 by Nick Booth
Locality has published some research which counters the argument that large organisations will deliver public services the most efficiently and cost effectively. It’s timely when budget holders are looking at cutting the small, perhaps seduced by the arguments of the large.
A new paper, ‘Public Services, Civil Society & Diseconomies of Scale’, outlines this research project arguing that human scale operations deliver high quality services as well as value for money.
Locality’s members, some of the most active and ambitious community organisations, have described inefficiencies in large-scale services across the UK. This ranges from youth to legal aid services, mental health interventions through to employability schemes such as the Work Programme. It is having disastrous consequences for poorer communities and smaller providers.
– See more at: http://locality.org.uk/news/diseconomies-scale/#sthash.GJtoAlqX.64MXMylL.dpuf