Engagingly Different

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My keynote presentation for Future Dem 10 showing politicians, police, councillors, mayors and decision-makers engaged with their communities in ways some people may find quite unexpected. Digital technologies afford new and different approaches to old problems such as anti-social behavior, postindustrial decline and regeneration. However, to achieve digital inclusion we have to consider digital relevance and promote digital enthusiasm.

Democracy works best when communities engage their elected representatives, not just the other way round. In showing the unexpected, I hope I may challenge some of the preconceived ideas about engagement and inclusion and invite people to consider new approaches.

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  • the area is peppered with the remains of declining industries, fishing, steel and mining.
  • And children
  • And children
  • The tools I employ in this work are largely open source and free.
  • I find myself working mostly with elderly people
  • I find myself working mostly with elderly people
  • I find myself working mostly with elderly people
  • Early start in 2000
  • And children
  • And children
  • And children
  • And children
  • And children
  • We have featured some films made in Second Life that featured very important community issues.
  • We have featured some films made in Second Life that featured very important community issues.
  • We have featured some films made in Second Life that featured very important community issues.
  • And children
  • And children
  • And purchased extra goods at the local hardware store
  • And so a large quantity of waste pipe was purchased.
  • And delivered to Loftus Town Hall
  • It was time to see if we could make the process portable. Here a demonstration on the theory of using waste pipe for the construction.
  • Where we made several experimental builds
  • Part of the build took place elsewhere
  • Many of the team to build the installation are Loftus Town Councillors
  • Many of the team to build the installation are Loftus Town Councillors
  • The Mayor of Redcar and Cleveland Visits
  • Cllr Linda Bell, Mayor of Loftus and Paul Davies of East Cleveland Community Development
  • Engagingly Different

    1. 1. Steve Thompson Institute of Digital Innovation Teesside University
    2. 2. Engagingly Different An alternative perspective on inclusion
    3. 3. Teesside – A Place of Former Industries The ERDF Resider Project in 2000 – Tees Valley Communities Online To engage 7 former steel communities
    4. 4. Digital technologies afford new and different approaches to old problems such as anti-social behavior, post-industrial decline and regeneration. To achieve digital inclusion we have to: • consider digital relevance. • promote digital enthusiasm. Democracy works best when communities engage their elected representatives, not just the other way round.
    5. 5. (Middlebrough 2002) In the early days I thought e-democracy was about e-debates and e-voting
    6. 6. Engagement is a two way street 1.Engage communities 2.Engage decision makers and authority figures I hope the following slides and stories will show different (and hopefully innovative) ways to achieve this two-way engagement process.
    7. 7. A Digital Village is a space where a community expresses their identity though ICT and Digital Media. This may be from an artistic, heritage, or economic perspective or a mixture of all three. This can be done through poetry, digital stories, community newspapers online, image collections (old and new), audio (Internet radio, oral history), animations, video, and text. (Steve Thompson – Institute of Digital Innovation, Teesside University)
    8. 8. The misappropriation of tools e.g. the head-cam
    9. 9. The misappropriation of tools e.g. the head-cam
    10. 10. The humble webcam as a Community Media tool
    11. 11. Sometimes with Surprising results
    12. 12. Way back in 2001 – The first ever online pub quiz
    13. 13. The Trimdon Team
    14. 14. Coming right up to date
    15. 15. Charltons – A Digital Evening
    16. 16. Charltons – A Digital Evening
    17. 17. Charltons – A Digital Evening
    18. 18. Charltons – A Digital Evening - Tom Belenkinsop MP
    19. 19. His predecessor – the late Dr Ashok Kumar MP
    20. 20. A derelict Jetty over 100 years old
    21. 21. A derelict Jetty over 100 years old The community wanted to vision the future so we refurbished it in Second Life
    22. 22. And asked Ashok Kumar MP to launch it
    23. 23. Dr Ashok Kumar MP
    24. 24. Children attended the matinee screening of the film we made of the Jetty re-launch
    25. 25. And the Mayor of Redcar & Cleveland presided over the evening screening
    26. 26. Australia London Tuscanny Sunderland Open University Brighton Italy The Mayor invites us to Council Chambers
    27. 27. Australia London Tuscanny Sunderland Open University Brighton Italy 60 Elected Members attend
    28. 28. Australia London Tuscanny Sunderland Open University Brighton Italy And we are able to present our vision for the future
    29. 29. Australia London Tuscanny Sunderland Open University Brighton Italy And make our pitch for their support
    30. 30. Australia London Tuscanny Sunderland Open University Brighton Italy
    31. 31. The Mayor Visits the real Jetty
    32. 32. The Mayor Visits The SL Jetty
    33. 33. II wI wan “I Want to be in a movie too”
    34. 34. Cleveland Police wished to make stronger ties with their communities
    35. 35. Another Film was suggested
    36. 36. We worked with a variety of agencies
    37. 37. To produce “The Force is With You”
    38. 38. What Next ? – Looks like Cleveland Police left a time machine lying about ! Involved The School, The Community, The Police, The Mining Museum, The History Society
    39. 39. A new production Involved are: The School, The Community, The Police, The Mining Museum, The History Society
    40. 40. Re-enactment of a scene from the past Whitecliffe Primary School, Cleveland Police, East Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
    41. 41. Featuring Inspector Bell as you’ve never seen him before
    42. 42. The event has helped Loftus Town Council to develop and strengthen links with community groups in the area, which can only bode well for inclusive partnership working in the future.
    43. 43. A Load Of Wastepipe from B&Q
    44. 44. Loftus Town Hall Delivery This is NOT in the Clarke to the Town Council’s job description
    45. 45. Explaining - The Theory
    46. 46. Test Builds in Loftus
    47. 47. East Cleveland Ironstone Mine
    48. 48. Now A Museum
    49. 49. Goes Back Into Production
    50. 50. Production
    51. 51. The “Elected Volunteers” of Loftus Town Council Top Secret
    52. 52. This is what they did
    53. 53. They built an “Octorama”
    54. 54. The top “brass” came
    55. 55. As well as schools, the public, politicians, local dignitries
    56. 56. www.tvcm.co.uk/ironage/
    57. 57. This is what it looked like: On a Schools Visit
    58. 58. And these were some of the effects…………………….
    59. 59. Thank You s.d.thompson@tees.ac.uk

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