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A simple text report on the second stage of the development phase of a online social media/community networking initiative in Cardiff Bay, Wales

A simple text report on the second stage of the development phase of a online social media/community networking initiative in Cardiff Bay, Wales

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Desining Online Community Networking Desining Online Community Networking Presentation Transcript

  • Digital Butetown Workshop 24 July 2009 outputs
  • Key outputs
    • We cannot presuppose what online solutions will work for the community
      • they own the process and set the agenda, not us
    • We can create opportunities for them to come together and identify their needs
    • We can make informed guesses about what might work
    • First action: an event with the local geeks
      • to share ideas, identify priorities, map activity etc
  • Key messages
    • Online social media can create a feeling of belonging / connected / social
    • Connecting online creates power for the local community by giving them a platform and a collective voice.
    • Online is a good place to share personal histories
    • Online makes it easy to share resources and skills
  • Planning for the community event
    • Event design: identify a core group to sense check the planning (this should include Butetown.org and Trydan members)
    • Participants: map the networks through online communities, facebook groups, and individuals - those who are online for both professional and personal use
    • Venue: confirm a location with good internet connectivity, organise equipment required (such as projectors) and refreshments
  • Marketing the community event
    • Some of the key groups that should be targeted:
        • Schools in Butetown
        • Butetown.org members
        • Facebook connectors
        • Soya FC online
        • Radio Cardiff
    • Word of mouth
    • Eventbrite page for registration
    • Contact other online groups and email key local websites
  • Community event
    • Purpose: motivate existing online Butetown communities, create a mutual support group, define the benefits, encourage spread of online engagement across the wider community.
    • Audience: those active online, also community activists / organisers not yet using the web
    • Content: sharing knowledge / demonstrations, map local activity
    • Style: informal, workshop-y, conversational, acronym free
    • Desired outcomes: participants become members of a digital practitioners group and encourage others to join
    • Record: video, audio, pictures, blog posts, tweets etc.
    • An immediate post-event social gathering
  • Potential post-event ongoing activities
    • Workshops / training events
    • Show and tell events to local groups
    • Link up with Trydan - the Cardiff social media cafe
    • Regular meet-ups for the participants of the initial event - a self-help group