Why Government and funders might give more support to community technology, social infrastructure and connecting citizens


(David Wilcox) #1

Originally published at: http://networkedcity.blog/2018/10/16/why-government-and-funders-might-give-more-support-to-community-technology-social-infrastructure-and-connecting-citizens/

This may be wishful thinking, but I sense that we could soon see a resurgence of interest in community technology, social infrastructure and connecting citizens among funders and policy people. That’s something we’ve explored over the past two years through Networked City and the Connecting Londoners group. If you want some earlier backstory community tech…


How mapping visionaries for responsible tech could help develop a people-centred approach to Smarter London
(Myra Newman) #2

I, too, sense that we could soon see a resurgence of interest in community technology. I note

Camden Intergenerational Network Newsletter features an article on the partnership events held at Belsize Library when teams left their office desks to give 1:1 help with technology for 60+

https://mailchi.mp/e5e7e493df0d/bringing-generations-together-this-summer-1297769?e=cf3054f4da


(David Wilcox) #3

Thanks Myra - I sense, yet again, that there is a lot happening in Camden!

Would it be possible to bring together, perhaps in Belsize Library, people from some of the groups and networks who are interested in innovative digital participation and connecting people?

We might then pilot in Camden these ideas for mapping the visionaries

I’m sure we have plenty of contacts between us.


(Myra Newman) #4

David, it should be possible to bring together in Belsize Community Library, people from some of the groups and networks who are interested in innovative digital participation, tackling loneliness & social isolation and connecting people. We do have plenty of contacts between us.

I note Gill Furniss MP refers to libraries as “a huge resource for tackling loneliness & social isolation”.

https://twitter.com/SaveRedlandLibr/status/1052132305031098369


(David Wilcox) #5

Thanks Myra - I’ll think further on this, and check whether there might be links with Camden organisations I met through events organised by @hear

In summary, it would be great to explore how digital participation, mapping and collaboration at borough level could link with wider network mapping and building we are planning with @drew @barbara.brayshay and others.

Here’s a couple of general checklists we’ve developed to guide local and network mapping and comms development … and you should be able to see the overlaps in methodology. There will of course be shared local/network connections.

Download Local checklist - or view online

Download Network checklist - or view online


(Myra Newman) #6

Not just treating the symptoms…

https://librariestaskforce.blog.gov.uk/2018/10/09/not-just-treating-the-symptoms/


(Myra Newman) #7

A focus on outcomes: digital
access/literacy - 100% digital Leeds

https://librariestaskforce.blog.gov.uk/2018/10/09/a-focus-on-outcomes-digital-access-literacy-100-digital-leeds/