Over the past two years the socialreporters team have developed an approach that blends crowdsourcing ideas online, workshops, storytelling and network analysis to address the challenges and opportunities of using digital technology for social benefit. Some of these explorations have been for clients, some on our own account.
Explorations have started with questions like … “how can we use digital technology in order to … enable people-powered change … support young people … have a better later life … build local communities”.
Over several months we have typically reviewed existing research, curated resources, crowdsourced ideas online and in workshops, and often used storytelling around fictitious characters or communities to ensure ideas relate to a range of personal interests and capacities.
The result for a client is not only a report based on wide-ranging research, tested with practitioners and policy-makers, but also a network of engaged interests offering pathways to action. Here’s how we concluded the exploration for the Nominet Trust into technology in later life.
Big Lottery Fund: we helped BIG explore the development of their People Powered Change initiative. September 2011 – January 2012. David Wilcox, John Popham, Drew Mackie.
- First post explaining the exploration
- Summary of all posts
- Social reporting insights from an exploration for BIG, at socialreporter.com
Community enablers: what are the skills, roles and approaches of community enablers, and how can they use the new digital tech tools for network building and neighbourhood change. Paused – but due to resume early 2014.
- Details on this site of the digital technology later in life exploration
- All content from the exploration is now on this site and Nominet Trust have published the final report here.