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davidwilcox [Communities of Practice for maps, networks and civic tech]
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 Drew Mackie and David Wilcox May 2018 Drew Mackie and David Wilcox May 2018
  
-##Background+##Developing the network
  
-Over the past 18 months [[london:​exploration|we have explored]] how to help people ​use maps, apps and storytelling ​to build more inclusive communities and stronger civic networks. At [[london:​march27event|an event in March 2018]] we began the process of building a learning network for those interested.+//​Here'​s how we aim to build a network and to support Communities of Practice for people interested in maps, apps and storytelling.//​ 
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 +**Latest** 
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 +* [[networks:​netmaps|How to build network maps article]] - with diagrams showing the process of gathering data, generating maps, and using them 
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 +Over the past 18 months [[london:​exploration|we have explored]] how to use a range of methods ​to build more inclusive communities and stronger civic networks. At [[london:​march27event|an event in March 2018]] we began the process of building a learning network for those interested.
  
 The first step was, naturally enough, to build a map using a combination of the Sumapp survey tool and Kumu mapping software. [[cop:​londonmaps|Here'​s how we did that]]. The first step was, naturally enough, to build a map using a combination of the Sumapp survey tool and Kumu mapping software. [[cop:​londonmaps|Here'​s how we did that]].
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 The next step is to invite people to the [Networked City online forum](https://​www.networkedcity.online) The next step is to invite people to the [Networked City online forum](https://​www.networkedcity.online)
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 Our aim is to use the map as the basis to build the network, because it shows people'​s interests and needs, and the connections that they have. We can ask people to add connections that they would like to make. Our aim is to use the map as the basis to build the network, because it shows people'​s interests and needs, and the connections that they have. We can ask people to add connections that they would like to make.
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 We also hope to connect with [Unlocking Networks](https://​www.unlockingnetworks.org),​ and explore how to combine their network building methodology with network mapping. We also hope to connect with [Unlocking Networks](https://​www.unlockingnetworks.org),​ and explore how to combine their network building methodology with network mapping.
  
-Our original idea - covered ​below - was to develop a Community of Practice. It now seems more appropriate to develop a network, and then help people form specific communities of practice around mapping, network building, storytelling,​ civic tech and other topics - through the forum, and meetups. ​+Our original idea - [[cop:​copdevelopment|covered ​here]] ​- was to develop a Community of Practice. It now seems more appropriate to develop a network, and then help people form specific communities of practice around mapping, network building, storytelling,​ civic tech and other topics - through the forum, and meetups. ​
  
 There'​s now scope to move from exploration to action by:  There'​s now scope to move from exploration to action by: 
  
-Helping join up Communities of Practice and events +1. Helping ​develop and join up Communities of Practice ​through the forum and events 
-Connecting with the work of the new Hub for London +2. Connecting with the work of the new Hub for London 
-Practical demonstrations of mapping and network building.+3. Practical demonstrations of mapping and network building.
  
-##Joining up Communities of Practice and events+##1. Joining up Communities of Practice and events
  
-Here's some of the activities that are beginning to join up:+During our exploration we ran a [[events:​index|programme ​of events]] with the Our Way Ahead network. The tech coop Outlandish has started a wide-reach programme of events in its Space4 co-working space, bringing together many of these interests. There is a monthly meet up on [Mapping for Social and Political Change](https://​www.meetup.com/​Mapping-for-Social-and-Political-Change/​)
  
-During ​the Networked City exploration we developed the idea of a Community of Practice ​(CoP) as an input to the Hub for London, that is developing ​support ​systems for civil society. More below. The Hub recently advertised the role of Networks Partner role, which includes many of those ideas+Newspeak House, a community space for political technologies has a further programme of events, and hosted ​the [launch of Networked City](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​london-as-a-networkedcity-gains-support-at-first-event-now) and our event on March 27 2018
  
-The Unlocking Networks initiative, funded by Power to Change, recently published a handbook ​and toolkit for network ​building, and set up a Slack team for their Community of Practice. +At the March event we developed [[cop:​londonmaps|our first map of mappers ​and network ​builders]]About the same time Superhighways developed ​map of people attending the voluntary and community ​sector tech campDrew Mackie designed both mapping surveys.
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-The tech coop Outlandish has started ​wide-reach programme ​of events in its Space4 co-working space, bringing together many of these interests. +
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-Newspeak House, a community ​space for political technologies has a further programme of events, and hosted the [launch of Networked City](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​london-as-a-networkedcity-gains-support-at-first-event-now) and our event on March 27 2018+
  
-At the March event we developed map of London mappers and network ​buildersAbout the same time Superhighways developed a map of people ​attending ​the voluntary and community sector tech camp. Drew Mackie design both mapping surveys.+We are running a hands-on workshop on the evening ​of June 14 2018 at Outlandish, Finsbury Park, about how to create maps for network ​building[Sign up is here](https://​attending.io/​events/​creating-maps-for-network-building)
  
 * [[london:​exploration|Networked City exploration]] * [[london:​exploration|Networked City exploration]]
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 * [Space4 co-working and events](http://​space4.tech) * [Space4 co-working and events](http://​space4.tech)
 * [Newspeak House](https://​www.nwspk.com) * [Newspeak House](https://​www.nwspk.com)
-* [[cop:​londonmaps|A first map of mappers and network ​builder]]+* [[cop:​londonmaps|A first map of mappers and network ​builders]]
  
-##Networks Partner role at the Hub+These events, further meet ups, the map and forum now provide the basis for a learning network.
  
-David Wilcox, while member of the advisory group to the Hub for London, developed proposals on how to extend the hub by network building, and how to develop a community of pra ctice to support that.+##2. Networks Partner role at the Hub 
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 +David Wilcox, while member of the advisory group to the Hub for London, developed proposals on how to extend the hub by network building, and how to develop a community of practice ​to support that. [[cop:​copdevelopment|background here]].
  
 Many of these ideas are now recognised in the role of [[hub:​networkspartner|Networks Partner]] advertised by the Hub. The responsibilities are: Many of these ideas are now recognised in the role of [[hub:​networkspartner|Networks Partner]] advertised by the Hub. The responsibilities are:
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 See also ideas from Nicolas Fonty and Barbara Brayshay for a [Metropolitan Civic Platform](http://​networkedcity.london/​cop/​metro) See also ideas from Nicolas Fonty and Barbara Brayshay for a [Metropolitan Civic Platform](http://​networkedcity.london/​cop/​metro)
  
-We discussed these ideas further at [[london:​march27event|an event of March 27 2018]], and created a map of potential CoP members. We will shortly invite them to join our forum and develop CoP plans further. +##3. Demonstration projects
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-* [[cop:​londonmaps|Here'​s how we developed the map of London mappers and network builders]] +
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-##​Demonstration projects +
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-At an event at Outlandish Space4 we developed ideas for building on the work of Justmap and JustSpace in mapping community campaigns, and network mapping undertaken by  Drew Mackie and David Wilcox. +
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-## Context +
-The context for these proposals for a Community of Practice is threefold:​ +
-  * plans by London Funders and Greater London Volunteering to develop a [Hub for London](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​new-hub-for-london-gets-350000-to-support-civil-society) as a resource centre for London civil society. This was the key recommendation from a report on The Way Ahead +
-  * [an exploration](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2018/​our-first-year-exploring-how-to-make-london-a-more) by Connecting Londoners and Our Way Ahead concluding that a networked approach is needed, complementing or extending the work of the Hub. +
-  * Plans for [London as a Smart City](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2018/​why-smart-city-london-should-be-a-networkedcity-participatory-sharing)  +
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-As a member of the advisory group for the Hub for London, representing Our Way Ahead until February 2018, I prepared a paper that aimed to draw together all recommendations and find common ground between The Way Ahead initiative, Connecting Londoners and Our Way Ahead. +
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-* [Extending the Hub for London](https://​docs.google.com/​document/​d/​1FttgXEze5TQgRnBejzhhAFaVHw4_3bRuAL47OvhkOW4/​edit#​) - commentable version online. +
-* [Extending the Hub for London](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​docs/​ExtendingtheHub.pdf) - download pdf +
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-I presented the final proposals for a CoP  - 4 below - at a meeting of the advisory group on February 1. The group agreed to consider them further. I retired from the group because I want to promote the idea of the CoP independently,​ and as a freelance feel there could be conflict of interest in seeking funding. +
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-###1. Initial model for a Community of practice October 2017 +
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-In summary: bring together a group of people interested in how to build networks and support network-based action. Develop both a learning network and practical activities that can attract clients and funding. Use the network tools to learn how to build networks in practice.  +
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-![](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​images/​CoP.jpeg) +
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-* [[cop:​cop1|More here about the model]] +
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-###2. CoP discussion after the Hub game in November 2017 +
-A workshop on November 16 2017 at London Metropolitan University took the key elements from official reports on the Hub - the challenges, ideas and methods to develop solutions - and turned these into props for a role-playing game. Discussion at the end centred around developing a platform for change agents, or Community of Practice. We followed up with a meeting of people interested, in December. +
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-* [Blog post on Why we need a Community of Practice for networking London civil society](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​why-we-need-a-community-of-practice-for-networking-london) +
-* [[hubgame:​overview|Report of the workshop]] +
-* [[hubgame:​nextsteps|CoP discussion after the Hub game in November 2017]] +
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-###3. Proposals for a Community of Practice to Hub for London +
-I prepared these more detailed proposals in November 2017, on behalf of Connecting Londoners and Our Way Ahead, for the advisory group on the Hub for London, of which I was a member at the time. +
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-* [CoP proposals prepared for Hub for London advisory group - long version pdf](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​hubgame/​Networksproposal.pdf) +
-* [CoP proposals prepared for Hub for London advisory group - short version pdf](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​hubgame/​NetworkedHub2.pdf) +
-* [Background on the Hub for London](https://​docs.google.com/​document/​d/​1fyrH1WVieVc7aysmlP2uE62v62SzUJR8WLS54X-uTIc/​edit#​heading=h.mj7pu8jftcoi) +
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-###4. Summary of CoP proposals for advisory group to the Hub for London +
-I presented these proposals to the Hub for London advisory group on February 1 2018 +
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-![](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​docs/​CoP3diag.jpg) +
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-The diagram builds on proposals in the documents Extending the Hub and a Community of Practice for networking London civil society, referenced above. In summary what’s needed is a community of people keen to learn how to build networks bottom-up and bottom-across in local communities and pan-London, together with support, service providers, and advisers. Activities would include meet-ups, an online platform, and on-the-ground activities to map and build networks.  +
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-* [[cop:​cop4|More on CoP ideas prepared for Hub for London advisory group January 2018]] +
-* [Download pdf](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​docs/​CoP3.pdf) +
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-###5. Setting up an RSA network+
  
-One of the options I'm exploring is setting up a Community ​of Practice/network ​with support from the RSA, because at least six of us involved in Connecting Londoners ​and Our Way Ahead are RSA Fellows.+At an event at Outlandish Space4 we developed ideas for building on the work of Justmap and JustSpace in mapping community campaigns, and network ​mapping undertaken by Drew Mackie ​and David Wilcox.
  
-* [[cop:​cop5|More about setting up an RSA network]]+Through events, the forum and work on the ground we aim to work with community activists and network ​builders - and then develop guides.
  
-**More about Networked City, Connecting Londoners and Our Way Ahead**+----------
  
-* [[:start|Networked City and Connecting Londoners exploration - overview]] +* [[cop:copdevelopment|Background on development of the network ​and Communities of Practice]] 
-* [[london:updates|Blog posts and reports]] +* [[cop:londonmaps|How we built our first map for the network]] 
-* [[hubgame:​overview|The Hub game - November workshop]+* [Networked City forum](https://​www.networkedcity.online)
-* [[london:connectinglondoners|About Connecting Londoners]]+
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