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Connecting Londoners in a Networked City

Connecting Londoners is an initiative for anyone interested in how people, projects and organisations can cooperate and collaborate better for social good. It is part of the Networked City exploration:

We are exploring three linked challenges as services and funding are cut, and the ways that people communicate are changing rapidly:

  • how will Londoners in future find out where to get help for themselves or their families in times of need; find local activities that interest them; share or sell items or services; find opportunities to volunteer; campaign for or against change in their community … and organise projects?
  • how can individuals, groups and organisations make use of the Internet - together with other methods - to cooperate and collaborate more effectively?
  • how can we ensure that those most in need, and most vulnerable, are not excluded by these changes?

Connecting Londoners is based on a six month exploration, led by the London Voluntary Services Council (LVSC), into how to make London a more Networked City. It comes at a time that London funders are leading a major investigation into the future of civil society, called The Way Ahead (TWA). LVSC is a partner in TWA, and we are cooperating with the initiative to add dimensions of network thinking, self-organising and digital technology.

In practice we will:

  • help develop and support a set of core projects and organisations that came together for Networked City
  • begin development of a learning and development network for anyone interested in methods for connecting Londoners
  • run events face-to-face and online

Wherever possible we will connect and work with existing projects and organisations, building on the assets of London’s civil society - whether in the community and voluntary sector, social enterprise, public agencies, or private sector.

We are currently setting up a planning group, and online network systems.

Networked City activities and associated projects

  • Over the past six months Networked City has held three substantial events: developing a Living Lab simulation on January 10; hearing from an international expert in network thinking on January 31; developing our ideas further and presenting to Deputy Mayor Matthew Ryder QC at City Hall on February 22.
  • Network mapping and development of a Living Lab: the Lab simulates the fictitious but realistic London Borough of Slipham. Workshop participants take on roles and address challenges facing the citizens and community of Slipham, using a range of digital and other methods. At the heart of Slipham is a network map of relationships that may be enhanced during game play and which generates measurements of changing community connectivity.
  • JustMap: an ongoing collaborative map developed through public workshops organised at neighbourhood festivals or specific community events. Its goal is to highlight communities resources and projects, connect actors campaigning for a fairer London and identify strategic cooperations.
  • an innovative, easy to use, online tool for local community groups, which helps them communicate in many ways (web publishing, email, mailing lists, social media and print) and also links groups with other groups in their locality using networked community websites, noticeboards and emails.
  • CommunityConnect which is a digital solution that joins up information about services in a local area. It has been adopted by the London Borough of Dagenham and Barking as BanD Together.
  • Providing mapping and technology support to community groups and community builders engaged in asset based community development - Superhighways
  • Applying models of network thinking to future development of civil society - the subject of a Networked City event on January 31.

Further information online


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