Why Smart City London should be a #NetworkedCity: participatory, sharing, inclusive and accessible

City Hall have launched a “listening exercise” to help the Chief Digital Officer Theo Blackwell and his Board fulfil the Mayor’s aim to make London the world’s leading Smart City. Currently Bristol is judged to be in the lead with Manchester and Birmingham third and fourth. The Huawei UK Smart Cities Index rankings were calculated … Continue reading “Why Smart City London should be a #NetworkedCity: participatory, sharing, inclusive and accessible”

Our first year exploring how to make London a more Networked City with #ourwayahead

It’s now a year since we launched the Networked City exploration, so I’ve pulled the story together on our wiki. Main points below. We’ve reached the point where, together with Our Way Ahead, we have a set of proposals for Extending the Hub drawn on the one hand from The Way Ahead “official” research into … Continue reading “Our first year exploring how to make London a more Networked City with #ourwayahead”

Why we need a Community of Practice for networking London civil society

Update: here’s further ideas on how to develop a Community of Practice, which we will take forward at event on March 27 2018. Details and registration here. We are developing a Community of Practice for anyone interested in how to build networks to support London communities, following our workshop game at London Metropolitan University a … Continue reading “Why we need a Community of Practice for networking London civil society”

New Hub for London gets £350,000 to support civil society – hopefully including grassroots groups

The resource hub for London civil society now has £350,000 funding for its first year of operation, confirmed in a press release from the City Bridge Trust. The hub will be run by Greater London Volunteering. As I’ve written extensively here, there are differing views on how the hub will, or should operate, and on … Continue reading “New Hub for London gets £350,000 to support civil society – hopefully including grassroots groups”

How we can apply @thersaorg vision of Convening and Change from @RSAMatthew to London’s civil society

The main theme of the address from CEO Matthew Taylor at last night’s RSA AGM was Convening and Change – which further encourages me to think that the project a group of us pitched last week could contribute to the Society’s mission … and the RSA to ours. In summary, I suggested at an RSA … Continue reading “How we can apply @thersaorg vision of Convening and Change from @RSAMatthew to London’s civil society”

City Hall hailed as potential champion for London grassroots action during consultation on #GLAcivilsocietystrategy. Now – how?

Yesterday the Greater London Authority and its consultants asked a wide range of grassroots organisations at an event in Hackney how they would like to engage better with City Hall – and how the GLA might help in their work. I think the GLA team, and their consultants TSIP and Collaborate should be pleased with … Continue reading “City Hall hailed as potential champion for London grassroots action during consultation on #GLAcivilsocietystrategy. Now – how?”

Pitching Connecting Londoners and co-design of civil society communications to an #RSAideas session

Last night a group of us had a great opportunity to pitch Connecting Londoners to one of the regular RSA ideas events. There are some 8000 London Fellows, representing enormous expertise and connections in the city. Quite a few Fellows are developing projects for social good – examples here. As I wrote earlier, RSA has … Continue reading “Pitching Connecting Londoners and co-design of civil society communications to an #RSAideas session”

Event with Deputy Mayor @rydermc and #reclaimourspaces opens door to co-designing community engagement … but with whom?

Last night’s event at London’s City Hall might just open the way to much-needed improvements in the way policies are developed and implemented with community groups and citizens – if someone can help convene on our behalf. We heard powerful but disheartening stories from community activists about the ways that councils and developers are failing … Continue reading “Event with Deputy Mayor @rydermc and #reclaimourspaces opens door to co-designing community engagement … but with whom?”

Explaining to London’s Deputy Mayor @rydermc how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

We have a couple of exciting opportunities in the next few days to take forward the idea of building networks at different levels to connect Londoners and their communities. Tonight I’ll be joining Nicolas Fonty of JustMap at City Hall to explore further with Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder QC how a combination of network and … Continue reading “Explaining to London’s Deputy Mayor @rydermc how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces”

Join us to discuss how Londoners can connect and influence development of the city

We have a few free places for our cafe conversation session on Thursday afternoon, July 20. Here’s the flyer. We’ll be discussing “How can we connect Londoners so that they can have a greater influence over the future development of their city?” I know it is going to be a great event because of the … Continue reading “Join us to discuss how Londoners can connect and influence development of the city”