Desining Online Community Networking

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A simple text report on the second stage of the development phase of a online social media/community networking initiative in Cardiff Bay, Wales

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Desining Online Community Networking

  1. 1. Digital Butetown Workshop 24 July 2009 outputs
  2. 2. Key outputs <ul><li>We cannot presuppose what online solutions will work for the community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>they own the process and set the agenda, not us </li></ul></ul><ul><li>We can create opportunities for them to come together and identify their needs </li></ul><ul><li>We can make informed guesses about what might work </li></ul><ul><li>First action: an event with the local geeks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>to share ideas, identify priorities, map activity etc </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Key messages <ul><li>Online social media can create a feeling of belonging / connected / social </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting online creates power for the local community by giving them a platform and a collective voice. </li></ul><ul><li>Online is a good place to share personal histories </li></ul><ul><li>Online makes it easy to share resources and skills </li></ul>
  4. 4. Planning for the community event <ul><li>Event design: identify a core group to sense check the planning (this should include Butetown.org and Trydan members) </li></ul><ul><li>Participants: map the networks through online communities, facebook groups, and individuals - those who are online for both professional and personal use </li></ul><ul><li>Venue: confirm a location with good internet connectivity, organise equipment required (such as projectors) and refreshments </li></ul>
  5. 5. Marketing the community event <ul><li>Some of the key groups that should be targeted: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Schools in Butetown </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Butetown.org members </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook connectors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Soya FC online </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Radio Cardiff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Word of mouth </li></ul><ul><li>Eventbrite page for registration </li></ul><ul><li>Contact other online groups and email key local websites </li></ul>
  6. 6. Community event <ul><li>Purpose: motivate existing online Butetown communities, create a mutual support group, define the benefits, encourage spread of online engagement across the wider community. </li></ul><ul><li>Audience: those active online, also community activists / organisers not yet using the web </li></ul><ul><li>Content: sharing knowledge / demonstrations, map local activity </li></ul><ul><li>Style: informal, workshop-y, conversational, acronym free </li></ul><ul><li>Desired outcomes: participants become members of a digital practitioners group and encourage others to join </li></ul><ul><li>Record: video, audio, pictures, blog posts, tweets etc. </li></ul><ul><li>An immediate post-event social gathering </li></ul>
  7. 7. Potential post-event ongoing activities <ul><li>Workshops / training events </li></ul><ul><li>Show and tell events to local groups </li></ul><ul><li>Link up with Trydan - the Cardiff social media cafe </li></ul><ul><li>Regular meet-ups for the participants of the initial event - a self-help group </li></ul>

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