- Community Consultancy « Sociability – there’s far more to Twitter (and Facebook) than brand awareness and self-promotion. In engaging with a community of peers, I gain not just a media channel but an educational resource too. Much like a guild or professional association, Twitter allows me to build my own network of specialists with whom I share knowledge and swap industry insights. It allows me to build my own personal “guild” directed entirely to the skills and industries that interest me. They can teach me how to do my job better, whatever my job happens to be today.
- Online Citizenship for young people – e-safety project ideas : Tim’s Blog – Brent LSCB have long been leaders in the drive to encourage every local authority to have an e-safety group within their Local Safeguarding Children Boards – and in encouraging organisations working with young people to have e-safety co-ordinators. Refreshingly their focus has not just been on a narrow definition of e-safety and safeguarding – but they have pro-actively recognised the importance of supporting young people to thrive online and be active online citizens as a means to promote online safety. And they have been very kind in letting me share the project and strategy ideas we developed.So – here is Citizenship for Young People: promoting e-safety through promoting opportunity – proposals for positive project as a PDF download.
- Regeneration – Cities and regions – Communities and Local Government – A clear definition of regeneration – ‘Reversing economic, social, and physical decline in areas where market forces will not do this without support from government’.
- www.quietriots.com – With the technology we have at our fingertips there are new ways to organise ourselves to get change to happen. Being “Mad as hell” is often where it all starts. Quiet Riots is in development
- Uncloaking Economic Terrorists: a Slumlord Empire – A small, not-for-profit, economic justice organization [EJO] used social network analysis [SNA] to assist their city attorney in convicting a group of “slumlords” of various housing violations that they had been side-stepping for years. The housing violations, in multiple buildings, included:1. raw sewage leaks
2. multiple tenant children with high lead levels
3. eviction of complaining tenants
4. utility lines of six figures
The EJO had been working with local tenants in run-down properties and soon started to notice some patterns. The EJO began to collect public data on the properties with the most violations.
Programme 13 from the Grassroots Channel comes not from Birmingham but from Dortmund in Germany. We’ve been demonstrating podcasting to a group of young people from cities across Europe.
Listen to Simone and Ethel as they try podcasting for the first time and talk to other young people about homelessness, junkies and fear in the streets. This programme is produced with the support of the Birmingham Community Empowerment Network and Residents 4 Regeneration in Europe. Thanks too to Chris and Nathan, both boys from the Four Dwellings High School in Birmingham.
Residents 4 Regeneration in Europe (dead link)
Dortmund Nordstadt Festival – German site (Google Translation) (dead link)
Photo’s of Dortmund Nordstadt (dead link)
Dortmund in Wikipedia