Local Engagement Conference Harte Nov 09 V3


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  • Pics from Lozells (left) and Digbeth social media surgeries. Lozells has an excellent blog aimed at countering existing views of the area. Innovative use of social media not just confined to white/middle class
  • More on this later
  • I’ve talked before about sharing personal data. This is a snapshot of a reading from my current cost electrivity meter. I was trying to get this data to tweet on its own but it was a little beyond my technical knowledge. Getting the garmin to tweet has been a lot easier.
  • Sometimes proprietary solutions are beautiful. After I go for a run I take off my watch, the garmin USB fob detects that my watch is in range and then uploads my data to the Garmin Connect website. Other than the initial set up I don’t need to do a thing.
  • Carter2: 1:20 – 3:40 Ed Richards (PSB): 1:57 – 3:29 Ofcom really interesting. PSB matters lots. New PSB institution based on publisher model that started C4 and kick-started independent sector. 4IP just the start. Region needs to get this right to be at the forefront of what follows.
  • 9% don’t trust web as a way to engage in active citizenship. Rises to 40% in areas of multiple deprivation 9% lacked confidence. 40% in areas of multiple deprivation. Birmingham has ‘% of people who feel they can influence decisions in their locality” as a measure
  • Local Engagement Conference Harte Nov 09 V3

    1. 1. USING SOCIAL MEDIA Some things that are happening in Birmingham that might be interesting Dave Harte Birmingham City University http://daveharte.com http://twiter.com/daveharte [email_address]
    2. 3. <ul><li>‘ Creating economic success’ from digital technologies… </li></ul>
    3. 4. Today: <ul><li>Cognitive surplus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ How do you find the time?’ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hyperlocal blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talk about Local </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Doing things with data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hacking the city </li></ul></ul>
    4. 5. Clay Shirky Cognitive Surplus <ul><li>“ Desperate Housewives essentially functioned as a kind of cognitive heat sink, dissipating thinking that might otherwise have built up and caused society to overheat” </li></ul>
    5. 6. Clay Shirky – Cognitive Surplus <ul><li>“ Someone working alone, with really cheap tools, has a reasonable hope of carving out enough of the cognitive surplus, enough of the desire to participate , enough of the collective goodwill of the citizens, to create a resource you couldn't have imagined existing even five years ago .” </li></ul>
    6. 12. Court Lane Allotments - building community
    7. 14. Social Media Surgeries
    8. 15. <ul><li>http://bevocal.org.uk </li></ul>
    9. 16. <ul><li>BeVocal gives gentle introductions to using data in new ways </li></ul><ul><li>Aimed at enhancing understanding of new ways to use internet tools </li></ul>
    10. 17. Hyperlocal: <ul><li>Cognitive surplus + free blogging platforms = </li></ul><ul><li>new ways for citizens to have their say </li></ul>
    11. 18. Timely Information <ul><li>“ RAW DATA NOW” </li></ul>
    12. 19. My raw data
    13. 23. A digital opportunity: <ul><li>Cognitive surplus + Raw Data = </li></ul><ul><li>new and exciting area of the digital economy </li></ul>
    14. 24. Timely Information for Citizens: <ul><li>CLG funded - freeing up data sources for citizens to create new resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Finding Birmingham’s geeks and feeding them raw data. </li></ul>
    15. 25. The Policy Context <ul><li>Digital Britain </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s get the plumbing right. Public service will drive take-up. Digital Participation. </li></ul><ul><li>Ofcom PSB review </li></ul><ul><li>People value quality. Public service broadcasting can be online. </li></ul>
    16. 26. The Policy Context <ul><li>Power of Information </li></ul><ul><li>Public sector meets active citizenship </li></ul><ul><li>Push to free up data </li></ul>
    17. 27. Transforming Public Service <ul><li>“ Digital Government will need to become genuinely ‘of the web’, not simply ‘on the web’. That means designing new services and transactions around the web platform rather than adapting paper-based systems.” (Digital Britain) </li></ul>
    18. 30. HACKING THE CITY
    19. 31. Summary <ul><li>Cognitive surplus: There’s a significant change happening in users they are: </li></ul><ul><li>Creating their own local communication tools </li></ul><ul><li>Building new internet resources </li></ul><ul><li>Doing the stuff you thought you had to do </li></ul><ul><li>Linking to the digital economy - supporting new digital businesses </li></ul>
    20. 32. Summary <ul><li>Fishermen, tools etc. etc. </li></ul>