Technology or Social Change?The Internet is the most significant technological development of the last 100 years. At least. Self Publication: Disintermediation of the Media Virtual Community and Social Networking: Wide scale use of Networked Power Collaborative Culture: Creating a sharing economy Radical Openness: Disruption of the democratic relationship Networked Technology: Smart Cities and new streams of information Customisation, Making and Self-Service: Disruption of manufacturing and the industrial economy
Participatory CultureJenkins, Rheingold With relatively low barriers to artistic expression and civic engagement With strong support for creating and sharing one’s creations with others With some type of informal mentorship whereby what is known by the most experienced is passed along to novices Where Members believe that their contributions matter Where Members feel some degree of social connection with one another (at the least they care what other people think about what they have created)
We Will Gatherhttp://www.wewillgather.co.uk Grew out of a spontaneous responseto the riots in 2011 and #RiotCleanup Based around the simple premise ofhelping people organise for specificcommunity tasks It worked once – can you workagain?
Networked PowerNetworked power operates differently to hierarchical power It depends on connections and sharing rather than on roles or structures It is highly responsive to need and opportunity When online it can be highly agile as the environment is designed to support this There are different forms of ties within networks – strong and weak – and these operate differently You need to understand your own contribution to understand your relevance and potential influence
Occupyhttp://occupylondon.org.uk No-one is in charge Decisions are negotiated Objectives are contested They are highly networked and agile Is this intelligence or community policing?
Co-productionCo-production means involving all stakeholders in not only designing but delivering outcomes Community engagement theory and practice has moved away from top down models, and best practice examines how you can pass power to communities It takes an asset based approach to communities rather than the traditional deficit model It is a strong ‘fit’ with the participatory culture of the online world It is an important tool in a time when we have to find ‘more for less’
Community Paybackhttp://www.swmprobation.gov.uk/?page_id=31 A scheme to enable local communities tonominate projects for Community Payback The scheme will be organised online andresults will be shared there The project owner presented at CityCampCoventry and is thinking of this as a socialenterprise from the start
Social InnovationThe Social Innovation movement brings many of these ideas together Social Innovation is a term referring to groups, organisations and individuals who use this new environment to create new ways of doing things Usually these projects are civic and ‘pro-social’ They work in highly networked and agile ways and can be both highly effective and highly fragile At their heart is the concept of an unconference – an unscripted gathering of like minded people
BlueLightCamphttp://bluelightcamp.wordpress.com A Social Innovation event based onan unconference format: No agenda,only 1 or 2 formal speakers Hundreds of professionals attendingand sharing information Self-directed learning and bestpractice A way to find early adopters in yourorganisations
We limit ourselves by simply considering changes to the way we communicate
There are new rules of engagement Networked Digital Open Agile
How does this change the relationship between citizen and state?
Disintermediation and new forms of power Political Parties have less Local Media is struggling to relevance survive There is no space for Your thinking will be done discretion in public
Will we just communicate with thepublic or collaborate with them?
We live in an increasingly networked society Our working assumption, explored in recent research work, is that: a more networked society will need a more Networked Councillor - able to represent and respond to people acclimatized to a collaborative and networked way of making decisions and taking action.
The qualities of the Networked Councillor Open by default: this is open not just in terms of information but also in terms of thinking and decision making Digitally native: not in terms of age but in terms of the individual adopting the behaviours and social norms of the digital culture Co-productive: an expectation that everyone in the conversation has power to act and the potential to be active in the outcome as well as the decision-making process And as the name says, networked: able to be effective via networked as well as hierarchical power as a leader
We need to support our Elected Representativesin a way which makes them effective in this Networked and Digital World
We do not need to show them how to use Twitter