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The role of technology in Citizen Power Peterborough: what we are learning Georgina Chatfield Knowledge Exchange Network. Participation and Engagement in the arts. Seminar 5.
Citizen Power Partnership between RSA, Peterborough City Council and Arts Council England, East Participation Attachment Innovation “ Places change for the better when you give people the power to do things differently. That takes courage and genuine commitment to new thinking and ways of working on the ground. Citizen Power is an excellent example of this” Irene Lucas, Former Director General, Department for Communities and Local Government
Fast growing, dynamic leadership, culturally diverse and ambitious
A city with challenges
Limited sense of place, average levels of civic participation, low level of arts engagement, high levels of drug related offences
6 strands of Citizen Power Arts and Social Change Sustainable Citizenship Recovery Capital Peterborough Curriculum Civic Commons Change Makers
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts Social media strategy is one way to tackle www.citizenpower.co.uk www.facebook.com/peoplecreatechange @citpower RSA blogs Newsletter
Challenges Encouraging voices – as an open group – participants don’t know who they are talking to – restricts conversation, particularly with those new to social media How to strengthen online ties between people Project partners and Councillors can find it difficult to present themselves online Managing dissenting voices – approach to this, how far to let it go Ning design is limiting
Ways of working Needs to be resourced properly and thoughtfully Needs to be reviewed and external opinion sought Whole team needs to feel comfortable, confident and use social media and equipment Report back on the successes Cheap technologies – flip cam http://www.citizenpower.co.uk /
What’s next? Keep creative content coming Tumblr – create a digital scrapbook for documenting projects for the second commission New relationships - Kind of Digital and Culture Hack East Research into Peterborough Community & Voluntary organisations use of social media by RSA Fellow Edward Truch Developing a creative response to AHRC evaluation in form of an animation inspired by RSAnimate
What we’ve learnt Need to talk about social media face to face – this encourages online engagement Where social media is used its value and effectiveness is in supporting and encouraging face-to-face and phone communications Social media not the only way to engage