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Here’s the latest posts from the Networked City blog. See earlier posts for more about our development – or the Networked City wiki.

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Networked City development

I’m currently writing for a new Networked City blog which complements our NWC wiki and NWC forum

Networked City is a loose framework within which people, projects and organisations can learn how to use mapping, network building, data and technology for community and social benefit. We are developing a network and communities of practice.

Recent posts at Networked City

Smarter London Together starts on the road to people-first design. Can it also lead to strong civil society?
The Mayor of London, and chief digital officer Theo Blackwell, launched the Smarter London Together roadmap after a listening exercise, with more emphasis on the “people first, technology second” philosophy urged earlier by organisations including Doteveryone. Could this extend to support for civil society organisations?

Hub for London appoints CEO
The Hub for London, set up by Greater London Volunteering and London Funders to create new support systems for civil society, has appointed Margaret Cooney as its first chief executive.
Margaret is currently Director of Development at vinspired the volunteering charity for 14-25 year olds, and has previously worked for Spacehive and the Big Lottery Fund.

New Hub for London role to develop civil society networks and civic tech
The Hub for London responsible for developing new systems to support charities, social action groups and community organisations has advertised a post to support and develop networks, and apply digital tech for communication and collaboration. I think it is fair to say that the responsibilities outlined in the recruitment pack reflect many of the ideas developed during the Networked City exploration, in discussion with the Hub Advisory group. That opens up opportunities for collaboration with a range of people and organisations involved in recent events and discussions about mapping and network building.

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Our first year exploring how to make London a more Networked City

Over the past year I’ve worked with Drew Mackie, Matt Scott and a host of other people on an exploration into how we can use network thinking, digital tech and self-organising to support London civil society.

Our aim is to help introduce innovative ideas and practice into The Way Ahead official plans for the new Hub for London, following closure of the umbrella body for some 120,000 groups, networks and charities.

We have set up the Connecting Londoners group, and collaborated with Our Way Ahead, a network of London networks and community groups promoting community-based approaches to support systems.

Our biggest event recently was a simulation game workshop at London Metropolitan University where we heard about current plans for support systems focussed on the Hub; adopted roles from concerned citizen to network leader and council officer; reviewed challenges and ideas from a consultant’s report; developed further ideas, and then chose methods and actions to carry them out.

The main idea to emerge from the workshop was developing a Community of Practice for people who want to take forward our ideas. We’ve combined that idea with others from The Way Ahead, and we are now discussing where next with the advisory group for the Hub, of which I’m a member.

I’ll continue blogging about Networked City at Connecting Londoners.

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Explaining to London's Deputy Mayor how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

As I reported earlier in the this update, I’ve been working with community groups and networks to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for London’s civil society.
Last week I was able to pitch some of those ideas, developed with Drew Mackie,  to Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder QC. There’s a full report here on the Connecting Londoners blog, together with background on the Reclaim Our Spaces campaign who organised the event.
We produced a poster summarising why we believe network connections are needed at different levels.

This week I and others will be pitching at an RSA Ideas event. There we’ll explain further how we’ve been working with the Our Way Ahead initiative to map London networks.
Our idea is that we should run a participatory process to co-design the way in which different levels of networks can join up with the proposed London hub. Background here and more in a further post.

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Explaining to London’s Deputy Mayor how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

As I reported earlier in the this update, I’ve been working with community groups and networks to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for London’s civil society.

Last week I was able to pitch some of those ideas, developed with Drew Mackie,  to Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder QC. There’s a full report here on the Connecting Londoners blog, together with background on the Reclaim Our Spaces campaign who organised the event.

We produced a poster summarising why we believe network connections are needed at different levels.

This week I and others will be pitching at an RSA Ideas event. There we’ll explain further how we’ve been working with the Our Way Ahead initiative to map London networks.

Our idea is that we should run a participatory process to co-design the way in which different levels of networks can join up with the proposed London hub. Background here and more in a further post.

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Looking for ideas at @LDNCommMedia summit on how community media can help in Connecting Londoners. Here’s our headlines.

Originally posted on Connecting Londoners

I’m going to the London Community Media Summit later today, hoping to have some useful conversations about the role of local blogs, news sites, online communities and radio in Connecting Londoners and making London a more Networked City. It provides a good nudge for me to write some headlines summarising where we at, with reference links and notes.

In summaryConnecting Londoners developed from an exploration into how to make London a more Networked City. We are pitching ideas at London Funders, City Hall and others about how to introduce more network thinking and digital technology into current plans to reframe support for London civil society.

Our most recent piece: How to move TheWayAhead into the networked age by Connecting Londoners

Reporting on London civil society

Networked City and Connecting Londoners

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Main sites and briefing notes

I’m sure the summit will offer a refreshing take on media, both community and mainstream. It’s now nearly 40 years since I was a planning reporter on the London Evening Standard, and 20 since I helped start UK Communities Online. I’ll be looking for new ideas and inspiration for a few more years.

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Looking for ideas at @LDNCommMedia summit on how community media can help in Connecting Londoners. Here's our headlines.

Originally posted on Connecting Londoners
I’m going to the London Community Media Summit later today, hoping to have some useful conversations about the role of local blogs, news sites, online communities and radio in Connecting Londoners and making London a more Networked City. It provides a good nudge for me to write some headlines summarising where we at, with reference links and notes.
In summaryConnecting Londoners developed from an exploration into how to make London a more Networked City. We are pitching ideas at London Funders, City Hall and others about how to introduce more network thinking and digital technology into current plans to reframe support for London civil society.
Our most recent piece: How to move TheWayAhead into the networked age by Connecting Londoners

Reporting on London civil society

Networked City and Connecting Londoners

Recent blog posts

Main sites and briefing notes

I’m sure the summit will offer a refreshing take on media, both community and mainstream. It’s now nearly 40 years since I was a planning reporter on the London Evening Standard, and 20 since I helped start UK Communities Online. I’ll be looking for new ideas and inspiration for a few more years.

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Updates on Networked City – and the RSA

I’m currently blogging over here about the London Networked City exploration, and also about the RSA’s own Networked Cities initiative.

In addition, I’m  helping start a Fellows’ Forum for the RSA, and have put together some history of past RSA online initiatives on a wiki about OpenRSA.

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London as a #networkedcity gains support at first event. Now here’s the plan

Update: there’s now a wiki containing background on the Networked City exploration and an archive of posts from the Networked City blog

First published on mediablends.com

We had a terrific meeting at Newspeak House earlier this week, which I trailed as the launch of the London Networked City exploration. I wrote previously:

The exploration we are launching tomorrow, with the London Council for Voluntary Action, aims to complement a much bigger exercise by London funders, LVSC and Greater London Volunteering.

That initiative, called The Way Ahead, was prompted in part by the fact that traditional ways of doing good through charities, voluntary organisations and community groups face funding cuts by public bodies, who now focus on contracting.

In addition the future of organisations like LVSC and GVA is in doubt. Fresh thinking is needed on the way that the whole system operates, from individual citizens working with others to improve neighbourhoods and support each other, to borough-level councils for voluntary service, and London-wide networks of interests and support.

The next steps for Networked City are to plan further events on January 31 and February 22, develop task groups around specific topics, and set up a blog and wiki and other tools.

I’ll post more shortly, including signup details for the January 31 event.

Updates

Here is the background paper we circulated for the event. It explains the relationship to The Way Ahead initiative in more detail, offers some models for thinking about civil society, and describes how we’ll use the fictional but realistic London borough of Slipham as a testbed for new ideas.

In the last post I pondered  or  … and on reflection  wins out for now. We do of course think it will be really good…

Thanks to Matt Scott who led the way on Wednesday, and everyone else who contributed so much energy. We’ll be in touch more directly as well.

For other information please drop a comment here, email david@socialreporter.com or DM @davidwilcox

 

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London as a #networkedcity gains support at first event. Now here's the plan

Update: there’s now a wiki containing background on the Networked City exploration and an archive of posts from the Networked City blog
First published on mediablends.com
We had a terrific meeting at Newspeak House earlier this week, which I trailed as the launch of the London Networked City exploration. I wrote previously:

The exploration we are launching tomorrow, with the London Council for Voluntary Action, aims to complement a much bigger exercise by London funders, LVSC and Greater London Volunteering.
That initiative, called The Way Ahead, was prompted in part by the fact that traditional ways of doing good through charities, voluntary organisations and community groups face funding cuts by public bodies, who now focus on contracting.
In addition the future of organisations like LVSC and GVA is in doubt. Fresh thinking is needed on the way that the whole system operates, from individual citizens working with others to improve neighbourhoods and support each other, to borough-level councils for voluntary service, and London-wide networks of interests and support.

The next steps for Networked City are to plan further events on January 31 and February 22, develop task groups around specific topics, and set up a blog and wiki and other tools.
I’ll post more shortly, including signup details for the January 31 event.
Updates

Here is the background paper we circulated for the event. It explains the relationship to The Way Ahead initiative in more detail, offers some models for thinking about civil society, and describes how we’ll use the fictional but realistic London borough of Slipham as a testbed for new ideas.
In the last post I pondered  or  … and on reflection  wins out for now. We do of course think it will be really good…
Thanks to Matt Scott who led the way on Wednesday, and everyone else who contributed so much energy. We’ll be in touch more directly as well.
For other information please drop a comment here, email david@socialreporter.com or DM @davidwilcox