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Polis summer school William Perrin hyperlocal

Polis summer school William Perrin hyperlocal



POLIS summer school LSE London 8 July 2010 #IR245

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  • If you have come to oxford today you have probably come through London and used the tube or even if you didn’t this wonderful map is known around the world.Today i am going to take you to Kings Cross one of London’s historic railways stations right in the heart of the city.
  • Here it is the beautiful 1852 utilitarian building, masterpiece of Victorian engineering. A heritage marvel near which i have lived for ten of the last 15 years. But the reality of living here is somewhat different.
  • Scenes from in front of my flat 2002 , 400 metres from kings cross station – taken by my upstairs neighbour
  • Young people from all ove rnorth london would bring stolen mopeds to ride in motogp in the tiny ruyn down park in front of my flat. They woudl do this when the Arsenal football team had a home match – 1 mile away – the police would not respond to emergency calls.
  • Drug dealer living in caravan. Police would occasionally raid it but he kept drugs up tree in the park. Led to interesting behaviour by tree squirrels. Incident ended after many months when local criminals nearly killed him with baseball bat and left him for dead in the street. I faces a choice – move to the suburbs or get stuck in to solving local problems.
  • Huge burden of being an active local citizen engaging with local public services – death by consultation and meetings. Information overload – all local action overlaps in some way – eg youth work with policing, peoepl need to know what’s going on at a more granular level than the local newspaper.No one joins up the information for you – have to do it yourself. Reluctantly set up a website using a simple blogging platform – typepad. I have no coding nor html experience.
  • Capitlaists control the bottlenecks go around themPNP – 20 a day views from council2,000 visits a day

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  • POLIS Summer School
    8 July 2010
    William Perrin - william@talkaboutlocal.org
    Talk About Local (West Midlands) Ltd
    William Perrin TAL
  • Abandoned cars and weekly arson
    Bingfield Park, Rufford Street 2002
    In front of my house
    Pics – Mark Bailey
  • Stolen moped Grand Prixs c2002
    Bingfield Park Kings Cross
    Most Saturdays when Arsenal at home
    In front of my house
    Pics – Mark Bailey
  • The ‘Crackavan’
    Rufford Street c2002
    In front of my house
    Pics – Mark Bailey
  • Got stuck in to traditional local action over several years........
    Kings Cross Development Forum
    Caledonian Ward Safer Neighbourhood Panel
    West Area Planning Committee
    Sparkplug Management Committee
    Gifford, Rufford and Randells Residents Association
    North King Cross Environmental Taskforce
    ‘Strategic plans’ - many
    West Area Committee
    CYP Management committee
    ....but found huge information burden mostly from council and local public services
    We used the web to streamline all this
    Team Cally
    Planning Applications (dozens)
  • www.kingscrossenvironment.com
    over 900 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
  • www.sheffieldforum.co.uk
    discussion forum
    4.1 million posts
    100,000 registered users
    Population Sheffield 450,000
  • Stoke-on-Trent www.pitsnpots.co.uk
    Campaigning, challenging style
    Reflects local frustration at political scene
    3 writers, 30,000 comments on local politics
    Drupal site
    £25 a month
  • 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
  • Team of 5 people
    400 pv a day
    Thousands of articles
    Village population 500
  • www.harringayonline.com
    2,300 members
    Harringay Town and Green Lanes
    Chatty informal feel
    Wide range of local issues
    £15 month
  • http://Kingtonblackboard.org
    UK online centre – Marches Access Point
    Started August 2009 with TAL
    Rural town life and news
    Wordpress site
  • 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
  • First catch your local site...
  • BBC 25 February 2010
    Talk about local site W14london.ning.com making the news
  • ‘Local websites of all shapes and sizes are providing community news and information to hundreds of thousands of people.....grass roots media can provide an accurate, reliable, popular sources of news and information without regulation or subsidy. Their news values and thresholds are new, reflecting grass roots interests and priorities.’
    Digital Britain report
  • Traditional media leaders are coming around to the vision of local sites improving neighbourhoods and holding politicians to account:
    Alan Rusbridger, Cudlipp Lecture:
    ‘Depending on your point of view, you may find that vision of new ways of connecting and informing communities inspiring or terrifying. I think it is both – but it is a useful starting point to thinking about the value of journalism, in every sense of the word 'value'. And it is good to be forced to think at an even more basic level – about what journalism is and who can do it.’