by David Wilcox firstname.lastname@example.org
The Hub for London - now called London Plus - has appointed Leah Whittingham to the post of Networks Partner. The responsibilities in the recruitment pack, listed below, reflected many of the ideas we have developed during our Networked City exploration.
While welcome, the responsibilities appear to be far more than one person in a team of five staff can achieve on their own. They amount to a checklist of some key programmes to achieve a Networked City. That's why we proposed a supporting Community of Practice to the Hub advisory group.
The principal responsibilities outlined in the recruitment pack are:
The recruitment pack says that the Hub aims to offer three key functions:
The Networks Partner role, advertised at £36,000 on a two-year contract, is:
To offer support to civil society groups through the development and coordination of networks and forums, both via existing networks and through the development of new alliances. This role will also take a particular focus on new technologies to support groups to communicate and collaborate.
In February 2018, when David Wilcox was a member of the Hub advisory group, Connecting Londoners and Our Way Ahead developed ideas for extending the hub through networks, and also developing a Community of Practice for people who want to promote network development. These proposals were also in accord with recommendations gathered by staff supporting the advisory group.
In March 2018 we followed through with an event at Newspeak House, and development of a network map to identify those interested in a network or Community of Practice.