The micro economics are important too.I wanted to talk about Norah, 78 from Rotherham.Using the internet has changed Norah’s life.If just 1% of diabetes sufferers used the web to improve their condition as Norah did, that would save the UK £145m a year in the cost of medication
My work doesn’t just bring me in contact with amazing people like Norah who have used technology for amazing personal impact. I also meet lots of community organisations – and in the UK online centres network some of the most tech-savvy community organisations I’m sure – and although there are exceptions, I’m shocked at how little digital tools are embedded into how they run their organisations.88% could do more
And it’s not as if great tools don’t exist!
http://www.communityhowto.com/stories/google-translateI want to tell you about three of those exceptions – Nyree.
http://www.communityhowto.com/stories/using-outcomes-star-starting-pointNicola – outcomes star
http://www.communityhowto.com/stories/projectmanagement/googleappsKim Wood – Google Apps ….. And he also uses EventBrite to run events he “wouldn’t be able to run without this tool to do the admin for me”
Nyree, Nicola and Kim, and the other people who have given us case studies for the site, are all motivated and skilled in finding and using digital tools. But most people working in the community aren’t – that’s why with help from Nominet Trust we’re launching Community How To. A place to find, rate and discuss tools on the site or tell us (and others) about tools you already use.This new service is one way in which we want to help community organisations to use digital to be better.
Digital Evolution Local Action
Our digital futures27 November 2012 Helen Milner CEO - Online Centres Foundation
Technology can benefit us all Norah: Just one example • Since getting online, 78 year old Norah has lost weight and her diabetes has much improved • Her blood pressure has reduced significantly and her diabetes has improved • And her arthritis has all but disappeared – so Norah has begun learning to play the ukelele
But we could do with some help…• 88% of our network think they could be doing more with digital tools(survey responses from our most tech-savvy centres)• 78% of charity professionals think the sector will miss fundraising and income generating opportunities if it doesn’t engage fully with digital (Lasa)• 59% of charities said that they would require training and support to use social media(Go ON UK)
And people are making things, but how do we find out about it?
The question is not how we can use technology….…it’s what do we want to achieve and how can technology help us to achieve it?
Nyree is offering new services• Nyree Scott and her team support minority groups who speak different languages to improve their computer and internet “Using the latest technology means that real conversations can take place, and the technology gives people a real chance to exchange ideas and talk together a lot more easily.”
Nicola is measuring impact• Nicola Wallace-Dean knows how important it is to measure the impact of the work she does in her community “I needed a tool that would help me to monitor attitudes to see if they changed. I didn’t have the budget to spend on anything fancy, and didn’t want our events to become form filling sessions. I found a free tool which allowed me to track changes easily by asking six key questions. “
Kim &Blackpool CVS is saving moneyMost organisations are looking to save money – andBlackpool CVS is no different.“I looked at Google to help address problems we’d beenhaving with our server, which was costly to maintain. It’ssaved time and money, and has been particularly useful asanyone with an account can log in from any computer andsee what’s happening”