Deputy Mayor opens discussion on social isolation and loneliness in London. The positive or negative role of tech deserves attention.

London’s Deputy Mayor, Matthew Ryder QC, is hosting a public conversation at City Hall next month on ‘Social Isolation and Loneliness in London.’ There’s a great line up of speakers, and I hope there’s space for discussion about our interest in the role of technology and networks. Here’s news of the event, from the registration … Continue reading “Deputy Mayor opens discussion on social isolation and loneliness in London. The positive or negative role of tech deserves attention.”

Smarter London Together starts on the road to people-first design. Can it also lead to strong civil society?

The Mayor of London, and chief digital officer Theo Blackwell, last week launched the Smarter London Together roadmap after a listening exercise, with more emphasis on the “people first, technology second” philosophy urged earlier by organisations including Doteveryone. The announcement says: “A smart city is a collaborative, connected and responsive city which uses technology and … Continue reading “Smarter London Together starts on the road to people-first design. Can it also lead to strong civil society?”

Hub for London appoints CEO

The Hub for London, set up by Greater London Volunteering and London Funders to create new support systems for civil society, has appointed Margaret Cooney as its first chief executive. Margaret is currently Director of Development at vinspired the volunteering charity for 14-25 year olds, and has previously worked for Spacehive and the Big Lottery … Continue reading “Hub for London appoints CEO”

New Hub for London role to develop civil society networks and civic tech

The Hub for London responsible for developing new systems to support charities, social action groups and community organisations has advertised a post to support and develop networks, and apply digital tech for communication and collaboration. I think it is fair to say that the responsibilities outlined in the recruitment pack reflect many of the ideas … Continue reading “New Hub for London role to develop civil society networks and civic tech”

Responses to Smart London proposals argue for people first, technology second

The Chief Digital Officer’s “listening exercise” on City Hall proposals for a Smart London has prompted responses emphasising the need to design for people first – going beyond developing ways to increase the efficiency of services. I think these provide support in depth for our ideas on Why Smart City London should be a #NetworkedCity: … Continue reading “Responses to Smart London proposals argue for people first, technology second”

Free London events on Smart and Networked Cities

Next week we are running a free event in London on “Smart City meets Networked City”, with a focus on how civic mapping plus digital technology can help connect people and support networks. There’s a few tickets left for the afternoon workshop discussions on March 27, and also for the evening session. More details about … Continue reading “Free London events on Smart and Networked Cities”

The Hub for London to support civil society now recruiting first chief executive #TheWayAhead

The Hub for London, supporting civil society organisations, is now advertising for its first chief executive – with some insights into how the organisation may operate. The recruitment notice says: The Hub for London is a new infrastructure support organisation for the region’s civil society. This new organisation will offer a range of support for … Continue reading “The Hub for London to support civil society now recruiting first chief executive #TheWayAhead”

Over 60s in Camden confront digital exclusion in their community hub – with help from a local, global business

An event in Camden last week showed what volunteers from the local community, and a locally-based company, can do together to address digital inclusion and isolation. The local volunteers have made Belsize library a community hub, following cuts in staffing. The eight company volunteers were from Dentsu Aegis Network, a global digital agency. The event … Continue reading “Over 60s in Camden confront digital exclusion in their community hub – with help from a local, global business”

Older people need support from the @MayorofLondon to ensure #digitalinclusion in #SmartLondon

London’s organisation for older people recommends the Mayor’s Smart City plan should address five key themes for digital inclusion: help in developing skills; training and research; co-designing digital services; connectivity and security; and transport services. The detailed recommendations from Positive Ageing in London follow from discussion at their conference last month. I wondered then whether … Continue reading “Older people need support from the @MayorofLondon to ensure #digitalinclusion in #SmartLondon”

Give more recognition to community needs and Londoners’ voices in #LondonPlan, @londonFunders urge @MayorofLondon

The Mayor’s draft London Plan should give more recognition to the need for community space, affordable housing for people in the community and voluntary sectors, and a stronger voice for Londoners in developing plans. These are among recommendations from London funders and the new Hub for London, based on discussion at last week’s event with … Continue reading “Give more recognition to community needs and Londoners’ voices in #LondonPlan, @londonFunders urge @MayorofLondon”