Networked City in practice: maps, apps, games and a model for Commons

The ideas that a group of us have developed around Connecting Londoners and Networked City are bearing fruit, with a two-year Big Lottery-funded programme, models for creating local Commons, plus more games and an app designed to help community connectors.¬†Below is an update that I’ve posted to the¬†Networked City wiki. The big news is that … Continue reading “Networked City in practice: maps, apps, games and a model for Commons”

How a people-power grid could support civil society and rebuild our communities

The excellent Civil Society Futures report – which I re-read over the holiday break – provides policy, personal and organisational guidance on how to address key issues of Power, Accountability, Connection, and Trust. The inquiry also generated some specific ideas for action across those areas. One I particularly like is Steve Wyler’s proposal: Our next big infrastructure project: … Continue reading “How a people-power grid could support civil society and rebuild our communities”

We need civic operating systems to manage the social fabric for healthy communities – plus a social app store of tools

The idea of civic operating systems , from the Local Trust, provides a model for thinking about how to conserve and develop the social fabric essential for healthy communities. I suggest that to make effective use of the model we need to map social fabric, create a social app store of tools, and develop a … Continue reading “We need civic operating systems to manage the social fabric for healthy communities – plus a social app store of tools”