David Wilcox, Tim Davies and Alex Farrow explored, on behalf of the Nominet Trust, how digital technologies can support young people to engage socially and economically with their communities. We aimed to identify some of the core principles that really explain the how of using technology to support this group of individuals. All posts in this exploration below, including the final announcement of the £2 million challenge fund informed by this work.


Introductory post
Starting a new exploration: young people using digital tech to discover new opportunities
Explaining how David Wilcox and Tim Davies, together with guest bloggers, are exploring this topic online and at an event on April 12 2012. Content will help frame a later funding challenge.
Nominet Trust announces Digital Edge project funding
More than £1 million for the first round of projects under the Digital Edge programme.
Nominet Trust announce The Digital Edge – £2 million challenge fund
Details of the funding opportunities, with supporting material informed by this exploration
Developing a culture of digital citizenship with young people
Sangeet Bhullar, director of WISE KIDS, emphasis the importance of going beyond digital literacy towards digital citizenship – both for young people and those who seek to support them.
Curating the key messages: digital technology and youth engagement
Tim Davies reports progress in wiring the provocations paper, based on crowndsourced ideas and workshop.
 £150,000 Working Well challenge now launched by Design Council with Nominet Trust
Designers and youth organisations are being invited to join forces to design, build and launch new digital products and services that help young people develop their talents and earn a living.
Young people explain how social media worked in co-designing with BIG
Charlotte Tizzard, Big Lottery Fund web editor, provides an update on the co-design process with young people that we reported earlier, with their observations.
Young people co-create their own programme with Spark+Mettle
Eugenie Teasley explains how young people co-create programmes with aspirations agency Spark+Mettle.
Digital Engagement Cookbook launched: how might we use it?
Consumer Focus have launched a Digital Engagement Cookbook on a website providing a large directory of engagement methods and guidance on what to use in different situations.
Top 10 messages from DTYE event
Tim Davies summarises messages from the April 12 event
Reporting from the DTYE event
First reports from the the event at RSA on April 14 2012
Join us online discussing young people engaging through digital tech
Introduction to the event at RSA on April 14 2012
6 ways to use digital tech to support marginalised young people to engage socially and economically in their communities
Joe Roberson, children’s advocate turned copywriter and digital innovator, offers a plan based on his practical experience working with young people, and co-leading the co-led the Innovation Labs project.
Engagement requires blended facilitation: many methods, co-design, and time
Katie Bacon, director of 
Online Youth Outreach, advocates co-designing any processes, and a blend of methods. One size doesn’t fit all.
Taking control of our own data, to get and offer what we wish
Alex Stobart on what we need personal data stortes, and benefits for young people.
BIG co-designs its new investment with young people, openly
How the Big Lottery Fund is working with a group  of 16-25 year-olds to help design its new investment in “ideas that will inspire young people in need to build on their strengths and make a difference to their lives and communities”.
What engagement may really mean
Jonny Zander provides a framework for thinking about different types of engagement: reactive, responsive, strategic, supportive, generative.
Brum-style employment opps: mixing empty shops, networking and an app
David Wilcox reports on ideas from Alastair Somerville and others in Birmingham on how to combine empty shops, networking and digital app to help people share skills and find others to work with.
A contribution on young people and digital technologies
John Popham reflects on his experience of helping young people engage, highlighting the importance of encouraging curiosity, building confidence, and developing the skills of professionals working with young people.

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