Thinking about using the social web to do democratic things…..

Knowledge creation and the Social Council

One of the most significant aspects of the Social Council is the fact that it has been released into the world without being fully formed – the thinking is going on in public. To make this thinking in public meaningful we believe its important to embed the learning and research process from the start of the project rather than coming to it later. Knowledge creation can be argued to be critical to any kind of...

Social Council: Thinking in Public

I spent last Friday in Solihull for the first ‘proper’ meeting about the Social Council – this post to an attempt to explain what it is – but not too much as I will explain. First then the current working definition of the social council: The Social Council will bring together social values, representing the best of public service, with the social behaviours that represent successful...

Build relationships not structures

The Fremont Troll – Community co-production at its finest. I went to hear Jim Diers speak last week – it was brilliant – many thanks to Colin Miller and BHCC for arranging it. I am still trying to get hold of the slides and will share them when I do but I wanted to blog about the event while it was still fresh in my mind. Jim Diers  was Director of the Office of Neighbourhoods in Seattle,...

The inevitable “Why I blog” blog

I picked up a conversation on twitter last week where someone was attacking the role of academics and suggesting they shouldn’t criticise practitioners as writing and thinking aren’t as important as doing. I disagree – the act of reflecting and studying action is in my view essential if we are to learn from our actions and it is extremely difficult to be both an actor in a situation at the same time as...

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