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”

Joining up the dots to show #OurWayAhead

Yesterday’s event about building stronger London communities was a terrific success, both for the content and in providing insights into where next for Connecting Londoners and other initiatives. A look at tweets shows the diversity of discussion, and of those attending. #ourwayahead Tweets There were some great presentations, and lively open spaces discussions around these … Continue reading “Joining up the dots to show #OurWayAhead”

Why #OurWayAhead will be #GoodforLDN civil society

Today some 180 people passionate about the future of London communities are getting togther to share ideas about how to organise social action and support local groups in the face of funding cuts and major social challenges. A few weeks ago London funding organisations and their partners held an official event on how to support … Continue reading “Why #OurWayAhead will be #GoodforLDN civil society”

Looking for ideas at @LDNCommMedia summit on how community media can help in Connecting Londoners. Here’s our headlines.

I’m going to the London Community Media Summit later today, hoping to have some useful conversations about the role of local blogs, news sites, online communities and radio in Connecting Londoners and making London a more Networked City. It provides a good nudge for me to write some headlines summarising where we at, with reference … Continue reading “Looking for ideas at @LDNCommMedia summit on how community media can help in Connecting Londoners. Here’s our headlines.”

How to move #TheWayAhead into the networked age by Connecting Londoners

Yesterday I reported that City Hall is commissioning consultancy work on a strategy for London civil society that will complement and extend plans from London Funders and their partners for a resource hub and other systems. The hub, and other proposals in TheWayAhead initiative, aim to provide support for borough-level and front-line organisations that provide … Continue reading “How to move #TheWayAhead into the networked age by Connecting Londoners”