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Reporting events and games – including saving Slapham community spaces

Although we’ll be writing a lot here about the potential of social media to help people tell their stories, share ideas, start and continue conversations, it is seldom enough on its own. In fact, it is still very much a minority medium in the field of local community action – however powerful it can be, as shown by the work of hyperlocal bloggers (examples here, and we’ll be mapping more).

One creative way to blend online and face-to-face is to report from events, and we’ll be doing lots of that. I often cover conferences – like this excellent one with Transition Network – and fellow-reporter John Popham is pioneering amplifying fun: see the 21st century village fete and Twicket, which even has its own Wikipedia entry.

Drew Mackie (the third member of our team) and I run a lot of workshop games, which lend themselves to reporting because they are designed to generate ideas and insights, which people are usually happy to share … not least if it is about social media as you can see here.

Last weekend Drew and I ran a session at the Community Matters conference, while I first wrote about over on my personal blog: reposted below. More here about socialreporters.net and our work with BIG and People Powered Change.

Slapham game workshop

The Community Matters annual conference last weekend gave Drew Mackie and I a chance to test out a new workshop game that we hope will help local groups plan take over and run community buildings – or improve the ones they have.

This is particularly challenging when councils are disposing of property in order to reduce costs, when local groups face cuts in funding – yet the demand for community services is increasing. Our workshop produced lots of conversations about the realities of people powered change. We started talking about buildings, staff, finance … and ended up focussing on community and collaboration.

There’s lots of excellent guidance and inspiring stories of groups creating very impressive spaces, both urban and rural: see for example the work of the Asset Transfer Unit, the examples at The Place Station, and the Big Lottery Fund Village SOS initiative. Read more »