Global PublicSquareGlobalNet21 started as21st Century Network inApril 2007 to discusssome of the great issuesof the 21st century andthen follow this up withfurther debate andaction.It is about enlarging thePublic Square wheredebate takes place usingsocial networks to bringnew audiences of peopleinto that debate.
Inclusive DialogueLinking with Organisations Linking with CitizensWe hold events several times amonth to create and expandengagement in the public squarebetween citizens as well ascorporations, government and NGOswhere there is a common concernfor the sustainability of both ourplanet and the people on it.
Our Meetings & EventsEngagement Online & Off Engagement & DramaWe hold several types ofmeetings where publicengagement takes place andthese include,• House of Commons Meetings• Larger Discussions & Debates• Smaller Networking Meetings• House Meetings• Global Webinars Chickenshed at The House of Commons
House ofCommonsMeetingsWe have held manymeetings in the Houseof Commons on a widevariety of topics and allhosted by an MP.We try to ensure thereis plenty of time foraudience participationso that publicengagement actuallyhappens!
ManyMeetings,Many VenuesSome of our largermeetings are held indifferent venues acrossLondon and involve nongovernmentorganisations,corporations, publicservices as well as anaudience of concernedcitizens.
SmallerNetworkingMeetingsWe also hold manysmaller meetings wherethe discussion can takeplace in more depth.These meetings allowpeople time to networkand make connections.As a result of many ofthese meetings, peopleget together informally,join interest groups andtake action that is rightfor them.
UnheardVoicesIn our work it is clear thatthere are many peopleand groups who arehidden or who havevoices that are unheard.In the past year we haveworked hard to give aplatform to some of thesegroups and particularlythe homeless, thedisabled and those whohave been exploited andtrafficked. We have alsolinked them with decisionmakers to create betterunderstanding and toencourage positive action
House MeetingsMeeting Anywhere Meeting InformallyWe have also begun to pilot anddevelop House Meetings so thoseinterested in the issues we discuss canmeet informally to engage further anddiscuss follow up and action.Some of these house meetings arebeginning to take off into a life oftheir own with ongoing meetings andactivities.
Global WebinarsReaching Out Globally Digital Samba On SynchGlobal audiences are now engaged in ourdiscussions through online Webinars.Using the OnSync platform, these can beused for presentations, discussions andcollaboration.We have had presentations not just fromthe UK but also from Sweden, the UnitedStates, New Zealand and Canada
Public EngagementCrossing Boundaries Engaging CitizensOur aim is public engagement –to increase discussion, knowledgeand debate that can lead tofurther action.We aim to involve new audiencesof people using social networksand the new media so that we cancross national, organisational andcultural boundaries to createbetter understanding andcommon purpose.
Where The Cyber World Meets The Real WorldMeetup.Com Our Events & ActivitiesWe are one of the largest groupson the UK meetup site andprobably the largest publicengagement site on the meetupplatform with almost 3,500members.Meetup uses online contact tofacilitate actual meetings as wellas foster an online community.
Other Social NetworksCreating Relationships Making ConnectionsWe also use other social networksto involve new audiences and theyall have important uses. We have over 2,000 members of our Linkedin Group We also have a Facebook Group with almost 1,300 members We have a presence on Twitter, Myspace and we publish a Blog.
NetworkingCreating Space Online & OfflineAt Events we try to create spacefor people to network so they canmake contact, start new activitiesand get involved in action withothers. We are now beginning to createthis networking space online byusing Skype and Google+ so thatthe networking can continue nomatter what the geographicaldistance.
Knowledge BaseLinking with Universities Transferring KnowledgeAs our network expands anddevelops then it has becomeincreasingly important to developa knowledge base around ourwork of public engagement.So we are now beginning to linkup with Universities andInstitutions of Higher Educationto do this and to collaborate incombining engagement withknowledge.
ElearningModular Learning The Elearning PlatformOne way we have developed aknowledge base is by developingsome elearning modules that areassociated with our meetings andactivities and these includemodules on Leadership & Transformation Disability and Inclusion Child Trafficking
Podcasts & VideoChanneling Podcasts Video & StreamingWe have developed manypodcasts of our meetings and are We also do short Video Sequencesnow beginning to do short from our meetings to engage andPodcast Interviews and case motivate.studies.
Civil SocietyEnabling Society Some ExamplesWe work with a number of ofNGOs, social enterprises andcommunity associations indeveloping our programme ofactivities. They are an important Chris Manze From The Stone Soup Project Rob Berkeley from the Runnymede Trustpart of the Public Square andform the basis of civil society.Their input has been important inour debates and discussions. Paul Morrell, Director of Education Adeline Afi Ouro-Gnao working & Outreach from Chickenshed with NGOs and the Togolese Community
Business, Foundations & CorporationsEstablished Organisations Some ExamplesWe also work with Foundationsand Corporations as well as anumber of Think Tanks. Clare Woodcraft from The Shell David Pardey from the Institute ofThey are involved in meetings, Foundation Leadership & Managementhelp sponsor our activities andtake part in the public squaredebate about the 21st century.Often their staff and employees Anna Coote, Head of Social Policy John Loughhead, Executive at The New Economic Foundation Director of The UK Energyattend our meetings. Research Centre.
Dialogue With Decision MakersGovernance & Citizens Some ExamplesWe try to always engage withdecision makers at various levelsand involve them in discussion. Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Ed Vaizey MP Minister responsible Executive of NCVO for Culture, Communications andCreating new ways of engaging the Creative IndustriesMPs, local Councillors, keycorporate and civil society figureswith active citizens is one of thechallenges of the present century. Vice Admiral Charles Style CBE, Cllr Bambos Charalambous talking Commandant of the Royal College to the Sock Mob & The Homeless. of Defence Studies.
Global Public Square & Active CitizenshipBY DEVELOPING AND ENHANCING THE PUBLIC SQUARETHROUGH SOCIAL NETWORKING AND ACTUAL MEETINGS OURHOPE IS TO CREATE AN ACTIVE CITIZENSHIP THAT IS LOCAL,NATIONAL AND GLOBAL.IN A CENTURY OF IMMENSE CHANGE AND UNCERTAINTY THENTHIS IS VITAL FOR OUR FUTURE AND OUR DEMOCRACY.