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Radioactive reporting at SHINE09

Amidst the online social reporting at SHINE09 I found Max Graef of Radioactive demonstrating the miniaturised radio station he will soon be taking to work with the Kenya Wildlife Service. There in the Tsavo National Park he will be broadcasting to the Masai about how to prevent killing of elephants, stop destructive fires, and other conservation issues.

At SHINE09 Max was interviewing social entrepreneurs about their projects … although this time without broadcasting. He explained that when the 40ft anteana is up the station has a range of about 15-20 miles, and is ideal for areas with low literacy and no electricity.

I last met Max at the graduation day for the School for Social Entrepreneurs, as you see here, with a fine hat acquired on a previous trip.

Creating friendly places for the re-emergence of mutualism

The SHINE09 unconference gave me a chance to catch up with Ben Metz, UK director of Ashoka, who I last met in December when he spoke in Lisbon, at a social innovation conference, about the emerging ecology of support for social entrepreneurs.

Since then the landscape has changed still further, and not for the better. The collapse of the capital markets makes things tough for any type of entrepreneur. On the other hand, social media enables organisations like Kiva and Zopa to raise funds in a highly distributed fashion.

This opens the way for a shift in the ownership, governance and management of enterprises with, perhaps, increasing interest in mutualism and cooperatives and more concern for values that profit. I summarise …please listen to the interview, where I ramble around and Ben is admirable clear. read more »

UK Hyperlocal Alliance launched

The Talk About Local project to train and support local activists setting up websites is inviting people to join in a UK hyperlocal alliance. It is being led by Will Perrin, Dominic Campbell and Kalvir Sandhu. Earlier news here.

Fun unconferencing at SHINE09

I had great fun at the SHINE09 unconference for social entrepreneurs last Friday and Saturday, first with a little light social reporting and then helping run the Social Collaboration Game, which I wrote about earlier.
The social reporting was light for me because there were far more video cameras around than last year, and much more Twittering… but I did do a few interviews including a particularly interesting one with Ben Metz, leaving Ashoka after three years as UK director. We talked about some of the issues raised at the UK Carnegie Trust seminar on civil society associations. He hopes to see the rise of mutualism.
I’ve blogged a full report of the game here, including downloads of the cards we used. Briefly, about 40 people for two hours inhabited a fictitious borough rather like East London in 2010, developing project ideas for neighbourhood renewal, mixing in some social tech from the cards ideas, and pitching to the the new Tory Minister for Civil Society (otherwise Cliff Prior CEO of Unltd) and council leader Jess Tyrrell (of conference organisers Germination).
There was a flurry of excitement on Twitter when Cliff announced a new empowerment fund developed from refunds of MP’s expenses …. but unfortunately it didn’t survive game end. Unless …