barry ideasbank - Britain's longest running community ideas resource

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How can you make a community ideas bank work? A review of the first 10 months of a pioneering project - the Barry ideasbank - made to the Royal Society for Arts, manufactures and commerce (RSA) at its Annual Meeting in Cardiff, Wales on September 28th, 2013.

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barry ideasbank - Britain's longest running community ideas resource

  1. 1. Barry IdeasBank
  2. 2. My Museum Gallery Level 1 Gallery Level 2
  3. 3. Motivation  Frustration with ‘Groundhog day syndrome’  Repository of ideas  Gap in creativity resources  Better communal suggestion scheme  Opensource innovation potential
  4. 4. A case of 2 Barry’s
  5. 5. Why an ideas bank?  For anyone wants make a difference  Passion for area  Capture ideas/create new insights  Create new vibrancy/new connections  New resource to engage
  6. 6. If Barry was a pantomime
  7. 7. The untapped resource  Ever been asked make area better?  All ‘experts’  Crowdsourcing – Online technology – Potential of ‘wisdom of the crowd’ – Creativity+ is about more connections – Innovation, Insights, Ideas
  8. 8. Resources  UnLtd grant £2k  RSA Catalyst Fund £500  Crowdicity in kind £24k  YMCA Barry in kind £2k
  9. 9. Crowdicity
  10. 10. Vision/Reality Initial vision  Delivered through CIC  Seed grant support  Engage LA (VoG) What happened?  CIC inactive  Help in kind  Still wait ‘1st kiss’  Valuable experiment  Potential new group
  11. 11. So where are we now?  Potential new way of work public services  ‘Prebuttal is the new rebuttal’  IdeasBank totem for communal innovation  Valuable repository  Potential for own awards  Tool UnLtd build ‘social enterprise capital’  Lessons for elsewhere
  12. 12. Results data  10 months old  100 registered users  84 ideas 163 comments 68 participants  Visitors 20-300 daily  Twitter - 986 followers 2,180 Tweets  ‘Barry Kucha’ 2 events - over 70 attend incl. Local AM + Chair of Regen
  13. 13. Different types of ideas  Politico kite flying  Spontaneous reaction  Prompted activist  Outlet for Exaptation  Outlet for local issues  Outlet from off-line activity
  14. 14. Some of the ideas Eco Adventure Centre Fountains ‘Severn Sea’ Barry Town Football Club fight for survival New Marina Promote local events Feedback on local authority events New events ideas Mirior D’Eau Promote Micro Volunteering Ticket machine at Barry Island station ‘BarryVision – seaside webcams World War I commemorations Promoting the ‘Barry Riviera’
  15. 15. Lessons learnt  Dialectical/Dialogical divide  Social Media valuable tool but not magic wand  Few write to their local paper  Twitter better engage low involve/confidence  Great for creative connections  Sharing experience/knowledge/intelligence  But need offline engagement as well  Build ‘Creative Capacity’
  16. 16. Have human face/funny side - avoid over earnest
  17. 17. Memorial for community heroes
  18. 18. Tubespiration v IdeasBank  Incubation/contemplative  Dialogical  Disruptive  Solitary  Story narrative v  Spontaneous - Twitter  Dialectical  Incremental  Networked  Be part of a bigger story
  19. 19. To make it work  Move from curious flotsam  Need at least 12 ‘Power Users’  More Barry Kuchas  Additional offline activity  Promotional visibility/front-of-mindness - posters, Letters page  2nd stage for ideas – awards  Create independent curator group  Integrate Public Service process
  20. 20. At least  Shown it can work  Dynamic community resource  IdeasBank/Twitter combination  Pecha Kucha - on ‘Barry terms’ formula  Tribute to ‘community non-celebrities’  Synergy Dialectical /Dialogical  Great ‘Creative capacity’ builder
  21. 21. Maybe 1 idea come true!
  22. 22. Check the Barry IdeasBank out at: www.yourideasbank.org.uk Twitter follow @BarryIdeasBank

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