Digital technology and resilient communities No 2


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Presentation from the second of two workshops run by Social Life and Cisco about using digital technology to build resilient communities in Chicago's South Side.

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Digital technology and resilient communities No 2

  1. 1. Using digital technology to create resilient neighbourhoods in Chicago’s South Side Nicola Bacon & Saffron Woodcraft Workshop July 19, 2012
  2. 2. Social Life is a new venture set up in 2012, with a strongheritage.
  3. 3. We continue to build neighborhoods that fail to thrive asflourishing communities and struggle finding ways to revivefailing areas.
  4. 4. This is a global issue.
  5. 5. We believe we can learn from both the mistakes, and thehopes, of the past.
  6. 6. Where are the people?
  7. 7. Our approach: putting people at theheart of placemaking
  8. 8. Our work: hands-on local innovation
  9. 9. Our tools: understanding how places innovate Research investigating what enables some places to innovate successfully. Case studies about public and community sector innovation in cities. Focus on UK, USA, France & Netherlands.
  10. 10. Our tools: understanding how places innovate 1  Prompts 2  Proposals 6  Systemic   3  Prototypes change 4  Sustaining 5  ScalingThe Young Foundation social innovation spiral
  11. 11. Hands on innovation: practitioners workshops in in Malmö,Sweden
  12. 12. Our work: social sustainability
  13. 13. Our tools: a framework for social sustainabilityThe Young Foundation/Social Life Social Sustainability Framework, 2011
  14. 14. Our first question: what is a community? A UK mainstream version: defining a sustainable community Source: Egan review 2004
  15. 15. A US version:what makes asuccessfulplace?Source: Project for PublicSpaces
  16. 16. But what about…•  A sense of identity: a place people feel they belong•  Local history, myths & stories•  Strong social relationships, networks & bonds•  Trusting the neighbors•  Rituals and rhythms•  Physical boundaries to promote geographical identity•  Visible leadership
  17. 17. Stuck vs dynamic?
  18. 18. Our tools: a framework for social sustainabilityThe Young Foundation/Social Life Social Sustainability Framework, 2011
  19. 19. Future communities: Barking Riverside
  20. 20. Eco Bicester: working with Cherwell council and the developer ofexemplar stage to build social sustainability into the ambitious newdevelopment, planned to be 20,000 homes over 20 years.
  21. 21. Working with Berkeley Group, exploring how to understand andmeasure the social sustainability of the places they build.
  22. 22. Our work: resilient communities
  23. 23. What is resilience?•  The ordinary superpower…•  Resilience is the ability of a person, group or community to bounce back in the face of adversity•  Adaptability matters for individuals, families, communities and cities•  Good and bad happens everywhere•  Resilience is not static: it can be changed.
  24. 24. Survival resilience vs adaptive resilience
  25. 25. Structural Open up opportunities, increase confidenceWe increase resiliencethrough:•  Increasing access to Social opportunity•  Boosting local leadership•  Building identity and Emotional belonging•  Creating and Increase wellbeing, isolation, hope, optimism strengthening local social networks and neighborliness
  26. 26. What interventions build resilience?Full of life: tested in Brixton and Kingston in London, peer to peerlearning, using volunteers trained by experts
  27. 27. Wellbeing and resilience in Poplar, East London
  28. 28. How do we build community resilience?
  29. 29. Feedback from July 18
  30. 30. 21 participants from community and city-wide agencies
  31. 31. Process of designing propositions for increasing resiliencethrough digital technology moving from the general to thespecific
  32. 32. Generated four propositions for development
  33. 33. A sample of the process
  34. 34. Structural Open up opportunities, increase confidenceWe increase resiliencethrough: Social•  Increasing access to opportunity•  Boosting local leadership Emotional•  Building identity and Increase wellbeing, belonging isolation, hope, optimism•  Creating and strengthening local social networks and neighborliness
  35. 35. The TaskIdeas generation at speed, using the prompt cards.Your question: how would you build resilience insouth side neighborhoods?
  36. 36. Our four propositions
  37. 37. The four propositions•  All grounded in neighbourhoods and experience•  All combining on-the-ground community development with digital backing•  All building the conditions that will boost resilience•  And encouraging take up of new technology, encouraging wider use•  Boosting civic engagement, driving the creation of bridging as well as bonding social capital.
  38. 38. Proposition 1Title: Adding barter to main streetAims: To create a local “swap-shop”, on corner of 63rd and Cottage, whichwill:•  Encourage greater foot traffic to other stores in area•  Improve perception of area•  Increase local social interaction, especially between private owners and public housing•  Ensure preservation of local heritage in murals•  Kick off with a one off festival/event to get people to the area•  Extend the footprint of a ‘safe’ areaLocal specificity: 63rd and CottageTechnology use: Digital timebanking/sharing platform to be reinforced bylocal activity
  39. 39. Proposition 2Title: Flash blocksAims: Enable new use of empty spaces, in order to:•  Increase foot traffic•  Improve sense of community pride and ownership•  Provide a place to house community events•  Build community involvement•  Make the ‘sense of place’ more visible•  Potentially create more permanent opportunities for local entepreneursLocal specificity: tbc, seek out enthusiasm and energyTechnology use: Digital technology is tool to communicate and convene, andthen network after the event
  40. 40. Proposition 3Title: Building a city-wide placemaking appAims: Through creating a city-wide placemaking app with local ownership andmanagement we will:•  Increase belonging•  Build local identity•  Increase civic engagement•  Reduce social isolation by increasing connections•  Improve the quality of the built environment, create better places•  Bring together community organisations, developers, architects, citizens, public service and businessLocal specificity: City-wideTechnology use: multi-modal web, mobile and SMS capabilityavailable at all community access hubs
  41. 41. Proposition 4Title: Team Approach to Violence (TATV)Aims: To focus on neighborhoods that have highest levels of digital exclusionand violence, to use TV and mobile technology to inform government aboutcrime and disorder, anonymously, in order to:•  Reduce violence and crime•  Share information•  Create sense of public services and community as one team•  Empower community and individuals•  Encourage civic minded decision making•  Create a platform for broader dialogueLocal specificity: most troubled blocks, streets, neighborhoods in south sideTechnology use: Make use of familiar technology that is used in areas wheredigital uptake is low. Focus on technologies that are compatible withanonymity.
  42. 42. Two questions•  If we use Flash Block and Main Street as test beds for developing a city wide digital place making tool, what would you need to make it work for you?•  We know this will take time, money and people, so what do we need to get it started?
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