Kent Innovate to Save Workshop KCC

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Kent County Council, Innovate to Save Workshop, Sessions House, 17 December 2009

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Kent Innovate to Save Workshop KCC

  1. 1. William Perrin TAL Empowered communities fighting decay Innovate to Save Workshop Sessions House Lecture Theatre Maidstone, Kent 18 December 2009 William Perrin - william@talkaboutlocal.org Talk About Local (West Midlands) Ltd http://talkaboutlocal.org
  2. 3. Abandoned cars and weekly arson Bingfield Park, Rufford Street 2002 Gas cylinders often in cars for extra ooomph Pics – Mark Bailey
  3. 4. Stolen moped Grand Prixs c2002 Bingfield Park Kings Cross Most Saturdays when Arsenal at home End with traditional moped bonfire Pics – Mark Bailey
  4. 5. The ‘Crackavan’ Rufford Street c2002 Pics – Mark Bailey
  5. 7. Caledonian Ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel North King Cross Environmental Taskforce West Area Committee West Area Planning Committee CYP Management committee Kings Cross Development Forum Gifford, Rufford and Randells Residents Association Team Cally Sparkplug Management Committee Planning Applications (dozens) ....but found huge information burden mostly from council and local public services We used the web to streamline all this Got stuck in to these local exercises over several years........ ‘ Strategic plans’ - many
  6. 8. www.kingscrossenvironment.com over 700 articles Four volunteer writers – aged 40-65 Small number of authors Campaigns, information, wildlife, events etc Important part of wider regeneration – crime down, streets cleaner, public services more responsive
  7. 9. £1 million for community under S106 Web-led campaign drove people into traditional comms channels required for statutory processes Out-manoeuvred Network Rail
  8. 10. Translate council planning documents into locally relevant language 400 people per day
  9. 11. Stoke-on-Trent www.pitsnpots.co.uk Campaigning, challenging style Reflects local frustration at political scene 3 writers, 30,000 comments on local politics Wordpress site £20 a month
  10. 12. www.digbeth.org Digbeth gritty industrial area of South B’ham Arts, events, positive stories Digbeth is Good redefined image of Digbeth on line Costs - £10/month Wordpress blog
  11. 13. Team of 5 people 400 pv a day Thousands of articles Village population 500 Wordpress.com C£10/month
  12. 14. www.harringayonline.com 2,000 members Harringay Town and Green Lanes Chatty informal feel Wide range of local issues £15 month
  13. 15. Very small town ning Chatty informal feel Wide range of local issues Over 50 members Free
  14. 16. Kent has rich civic subculture online in some areas – mainly Thanet
  15. 17. <ul><li>Partnership with UfI/UK online centres </li></ul><ul><li>Help people create community sites in over 150 places across England </li></ul><ul><li>Engage 3,000 people </li></ul><ul><li>Give people confidence and support to create local sites using free tools </li></ul><ul><li>Online support network and website http://talkaboutlocal.org.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Funded by Channel4, Screen West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands </li></ul><ul><li>Bespoke intensive interventions and consulting available to clients </li></ul>
  16. 18. http://Kingtonblackboard.org UK online centre – Marches Access Point Started August 2009 with TAL Rural town life and news Wordpress site
  17. 19. http://W14london.ning.com Deprived area of West London Started August 2009 – with TAL and local NDC Local discussion and information Nearly 200 members already Ning.com site – cost £zero
  18. 20. http://letstalkb8.ning.com Late October 2009 from TAL session Evolution Centre, Washwood Heath, Birmingham
  19. 21. <ul><li>Empower people who live and work in an area to speak about it </li></ul><ul><li>Web allows new voices to emerge beyond usual suspects </li></ul><ul><li>C21st face on C19th democratic systems </li></ul><ul><li>TAL can stimulate local independent web sites that talk about an area, are self sustaining an owned by community, not the Council </li></ul><ul><li>TAL approach gives air gap for LAs (and citizens) leading to better result </li></ul><ul><li>TAL low cost – probably cheaper than printing and distributing colour booklet </li></ul>
  20. 22. Want talk about local in your area? Short, simple process 1 Get in touch william@talkaboutlocal.org, info@talkaboutlocal.org 2 Work together to identify training outlet/approach – ideally a uk online or similar centre on the ground 3 We train trainers who get grant of £1,000 reach out to 20 or so participants 4 Participants create websites, TAL and trainers support them http://talkaboutlocal.org

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