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 # Connecting Londoners in a Networked City # Connecting Londoners in a Networked City
  
-Connecting Londoners is a group leading the Networked City exploration:​+Connecting Londoners is a collaborative project exploring how to use maps and online systems to help connect people and groups in local communities,​ and in networks.
  
-* [How Connecting Londoners developed ​from the Networked City exploration](http://​www.networkedcity.london/​)+The Connecting Londoners ​group developed ​during 2016-2018 as part of the Networked City exploration ​initiated by the London Voluntary Service CouncilOver the past two years those involved have:
  
-[Summary ​of reports ​and blog posts](http://​www.networkedcity.london/​london/​updates)+run a series ​of events on connecting local communities ​and networks, in City Hall, London Metropolitan University, Newspeak House, Space4 and elsewhere. [More here](https://​networkedcity.london/​events/​index) 
 +* created innovative mapping systems that combine geographical and network maps [More here](https://​networkedcity.london/​networks/​netmaps) 
 +* developed a Living Lab simulation game to play through how to use a range of methods for connecting Londoners [More here](https://​networkedcity.london/​livinglab) 
 +* contributed to the advisory group for a new resource centre - London Plus - that has replaced LVSC as a support system for civil society [More here](https://​networkedcity.london/​hub/​hubindex) 
 +* Set up a [blog](https://​networkedcity.blog/​),​ [wiki](https://​www.networkedcity.london/​start) and [discussion forum](https://​www.networkedcity.online/​) for Networked City and Connecting Londoners. 
 +* Developed proposals for a community of practice for mappers, network builders and activists. [More here](https://​networkedcity.london/cop/​copindex)
  
-* [Connecting Londoners blog](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog) 
  
-We are exploring three linked challenges as services and funding are cut, and the ways that people communicate are changing rapidly:+## Who we have worked with
  
-* 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+David Wilcox ​and Drew Mackie have developed ideas, ​projects ​and events with Matt Scott, Barbara Brayshay, Nicolas Fonty, Pete Burden, Nikki Wilson, and at various stages, these key collaborators:​
  
-how can individualsgroups ​and organisations make use of the Internet - together ​with other methods ​- to cooperate ​and collaborate more effectively?​+[JustMap](http://​justplace-london.blogspot.co.uk/​):​ an ongoing collaborative mapping system developed by Nicolas Fonty and Barbara Brayshay through public workshops organised at neighbourhood festivals or specific community events. Its goal is to highlight communities resources and projectsconnect actors campaigning for a fairer London ​and identify strategic cooperations. 
 +* [Interests.me](https://​interests.me/​):​ 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](http://​www.communityconnect.today/​):​ 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](http://​bandtogether.co.uk/​). 
 +* [Together Tools](https://​www.meetup.com/​Together-Tools/): a group for anyone who sees the value in collaborating,​ connecting and sharing and who “holds the space” in group activities.  
 +* [Superhighways](http://​www.superhighways.org.uk/​):​ London'​s main community tech organisation providing mapping and technology support ​to community groups ​and community builders engaged in asset based community development. 
 +* [Outlandish](https://​outlandish.com/​):​ the technology worker co-operative organised a series of events on mapping, including one on developing our geo-network system.
  
-* how can we ensure that those most in need, and most vulnerable, are not excluded by these changes?+## Connecting local communities
  
-## Collaborators+In local communities maps and online systems may help residents and others find out more about what's happening in the area, share ideas and information,​ and collaborate on improvements. For example, we are currently developing a pilot system in Thames Ward, Barking, using maps and online systems to complement existing communications and meetings. It will be designed and run by residents, with support from the Thames Ward Community Project. ​ When fully developed, the system could be used to address issues like:
  
-David Wilcox ​and Drew Mackie ​have developed ideasprojects ​and events with Matt Scott and these key collaborators:​+* What facilities are there in the area, and what's missing 
 +* What's happening in the area 
 +* What concerns do people ​have, and how might we tackle them 
 +* Who is interested in what - and how can we get together 
 +* How can we increase the profile of groups or organisations 
 +* How can we engage people'​s interest in community action 
 +* How can we support people in using new ways to connect
  
-* [JustMap](http://​justplace-london.blogspot.co.uk/​):​ an ongoing collaborative map developed through public workshops organised at neighbourhood festivals or specific community events. Its goal is to highlight communities resources ​and projectsconnect actors campaigning ​for a fairer London and identify strategic cooperations.+The system won't aim to replace existing communications,​ like WhatsApp ​and Facebook groups. It will gather and organise information about the areaand add more methods ​for connecting, where needed We will develop live demonstrations on three fronts:
  
-[Interests.me](https://​interests.me):​ an innovativeeasy to useonline 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.+Maps showing what's happeningwho's who, and how to improve connections 
 +* A dashboard of information about the area 
 +* Additional tools and methods for connecting
  
-* [CommunityConnect](http://​www.communityconnect.today) 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](http://​bandtogether.co.uk).+### Creating geographic maps
  
-[Together Tools](https://www.meetup.com/Together-Tools/) - a group for anyone who sees the value in collaborating,​ connecting and sharing and who "holds the space" in group activities+Drew Mackie and David Wilcox are working with Barbara Brayshay to build on the work of JustMap in creating geographic maps. For example, here's an online map of the StARTNetwork in Tottenham. It shows groups, organisations and facilities, with popup information. ​[View it online here](https://justmap.carto.com/builder/​22b2a6a2-12a2-42a6-9910-d0e93a476eea/embed).
  
-[Superhighways](http://www.superhighways.org.uk) We worked with London'​s main community tech organisation in providing mapping and technology support to community groups and community builders engaged in asset based community development.+![](http://socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​images/​climages/​start.jpg)
  
-## Main activities+### Creating affinity maps
  
-Development of Networked City [began in November 2016](http://​www.mediablends.com/​2016/​exploring-thewayahead-for-londons-civil-society-infrastructure-in-the-digital) with a commission from the London Council for Voluntary Service.+We can also show how groups may cluster around particular interests
  
-###Events+![](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​images/​climages/​affinity.jpg)
  
-Our key events during 2017+### Creating network maps
  
-[London as a #​networkedcity gains support at first event. Now here'​s ​the plan](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​london-as-a-networkedcity-gains-support-at-first-event-now) ​  +Network maps can be developed to show who'​s ​who, and who connects with whoThe map below shows people in London interested in mappingDrew Mackie is also working with Superhighways on map of community and voluntary organisations in Kingston.
-Launch event for Networked City at Newspeak House+
  
-[Videos from our Networked City event including an interview with Harold Jarche - @hjarche #​netwcity](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​videos-from-our-networked-city-event-including-an-interview-with) ​  +Network maps can be used to explore collaborations between organisations and individuals working in a particular area or on a project or programmeThese maps are not just visualisations ​they can be analysed ​to show clusters of sharing and collaboration,​ searched ​to show needs and the availability of skills and resources. ​
-Report from event with network learning specialist Harold Jarche ​  +
-   +
-[Moving London from digital divide ​to digital connect - generating Networked City ideas for the Deputy Mayor @rydermc #​netwcity](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​moving-london-from-digital-divide-to-digital-connect---generating) ​  +
-Connecting Londoners collaborators presented ​to the Deputy Mayor+
  
-[Joining up the dots to show #​OurWayAhead](http://www.connectinglondoners.blog/2017/joining-up-the-dots-to-show-ourwayahead  +![](http://socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/images/climages/​netcity.jpg)
-We supported Our Way Ahead at the first major event+
  
-[Join us to discuss how Londoners can connect ​and influence development of the city](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​join-us-to-discuss-how-londoners-can-connect-and-influence) ​  +*‘Networked City’ map of collaborations across people ​and organisations engaged in mapping in London and beyond.*
-A conversation cafe with David Gurteen+
  
-[Event with Deputy Mayor @rydermc ​and #​reclaimourspaces opens door to co-designing community engagement … but with whom?​](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​event-with-deputy-mayor-rydermc-and-reclaimourspaces-opens-door-to) ​  +We are working on a system where people ​and organisations who wish to feature on the maps control the input and updating of information
-Presenting ideas to the Deputy Mayor with Reclaim our Spaces+
  
-[Pitching Connecting Londoners ​and co-design of civil society communications to an #RSAideas session](http://www.connectinglondoners.blog/2017/pitching-connecting-londoners-and-co-design-of-civil-society-communications-to  +[More here on creating network maps](https://​networkedcity.london/​networks/​netmaps).  
-Presentation at RSA event+* [Living Maps review features article by Drew and David on maps](http://livingmaps.review/​journal/​index.php/LMR/article/​view/​110/​157)
  
-[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) ​  +## Supporting ​London ​networks
-Report of a our Hub game simulation at London Metropolitan University with Our Way Ahead. [Full details here](http://​networkedcity.london/​hubgame/​overview).+
  
-### Living Lab+In July 2017 we worked with a group of pan-London networks to start developing a map showing existing connections,​ and potential for collaboration. We contributed extensively to the advisory groups for the new London resource centre - London Plus. These contributions helped formulate the job description for a Networks Partner staff post.
  
-[Slipham Living Lab](http://​networkedcity.london/​livinglab  +[Joining up dots to show #​OurWayAhead](http://www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​joining-up-the-dots-to-show-ourwayahead) 
-We developed our workshop playing through how to use digital tech and other methods ​to help connect people and organisations in the fictitious borough of Slipham+* [The Hub for London - London Plus](https://​www.networkedcity.london/​hub/​hubindex
 +* [Drew Mackie has documented 10 questions ​to ask a network map](https://​docs.google.com/​document/​d/​14yMBZo6TWnZI5HGhvvjZSKEmXLP2QHi1KPqFWMbo0ls/​edit#​heading=h.ba90dfo7nu50)
  
-### Mapping+In October 2018 we'll help a group of London networks develop further plans for mapping and communications.
  
-[Mapping London networks](https://​docs.google.com/​document/​d/​1Tg-Csx_j30ASw4EabQQhPdT9W7WrMojdUQGV8YXktYI/​edit?​ts=596a4312#heading=h.suifq5xmk0lz) ​  +### Dashboards for online information
-Report of the network mapping exercise undertaken by Drew Mackie at the Our Way Ahead event on July 21 2017+
  
-### Hub for London+Maps are good for showing on-the-ground facilities, information,​ and connections between people and organisations. We also need ways to bring together what's happening in-the-cloud ... on websites and social media.
  
-In November 2017 the City Bridge Trust announced first year funding ​of £350,​000 ​for the Hubwhich will be run by Greater London Volunteering+That's possible using personal and public dashboards like [Netvibes](http://​documentation.netvibes.com/​main). We'll develop a demonstration ​of how that could work for individualprivate use - and as a public dynamically-changing noticeboard.
  
-David Wilcox is a member of the Hub advisory group, ​and Connecting Londoners and Our Way Ahead have made the case to the Hub advisory group for extending the work of the Hub - with associated projects - to include development of local and pan-London networks. ​+### Additional tools and methods
  
-We based proposals for extending ​the Hub on Steve Wyler'​s report, ​and other working group reportsas well as our own work. In November 2017 we ran a "Hub game" simulation event at London Metropolitan University to play through ​the recommendations in the Wyler reportFollowing the event we proposed a Community of Practice ​to support ​extending ​the Hub+As we understand more about the information ​and communication needs of residents and network members, we can identify and suggest additional methods that we could bring into the systemWe can also explore how to provide ​support ​for people in learning how to use the maps and communication systems.
  
-* [Extracts from Steve Wyler report](http://​www.networkedcity.london/​hubgame/​wylerreport) +## Events and Living Lab
-* [First year funding announced for the Hub](http://​www.connectinglondoners.blog/​2017/​new-hub-for-london-gets-350000-to-support-civil-society) +
-* [Report of the Hub game November 2017](http://​networkedcity.london/​hubgame/​overview). +
-* [Extending the Hub for London](https://​goo.gl/​8wamxP) - [pdf download](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​docs/​ExtendingtheHub.pdf) +
-* [Proposals for Community of Practice](https://​goo.gl/​dYZ84b) - [pdf download](http://​socialreporter.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/​hubforlondon/​Networksproposal2.pdf)+
  
-### Other reports+During 2017-18 we ran a series of events, [[events:​index|which are detailed here]], together with a Living Lab workshop 
 + 
 +Our Way Ahead and Connecting Londoners ran the workshop with about 50 people on November 16 2017 at London Metropolitan University to play through how to develop networked support systems for civil society. 
 + 
 +During an hour and a half session we heard about current plans for support systems focussed on a Hub; adopted roles from concerned citizen to network leader and council officer; reviewed challenges and ideas from a consultant’s report; developed further ideas, and then chose methods and actions to carry them out. 
 + 
 +We negotiated how we could support each other with funding, endorsement,​ and sharing. And we decided who could deliver on the ideas. We then captured our reports of the project ideas on video - and discussed what we had learned from the session. 
 + 
 +* [Report of the workshop](http://​networkedcity.london/​hubgame/​overview) 
 +* [First ideas on how we aim to develop a community of practice and Platform for London](http://​networkedcity.london/​hubgame/​nextsteps) 
 + 
 +## A community of practice for network builders 
 + 
 +We have developed proposals for a community of practice for people with expertise, or interest in learning, about mapping and network building. These proposals were shared with the advisory group for the new London resource centre, London Plus. In March we started a map that could form the basis for a community of practice. 
 + 
 +* [Proposals for a community of practice](https://​networkedcity.london/​cop/​copindex) 
 +* [Mapping mappers and network builders](https://​networkedcity.london/​cop/​londonmaps) 
 +* [Networked City forum](https://​www.networkedcity.online/​) 
 + 
 +## What's next 
 + 
 +We will: 
 + 
 +* develop our local pilot in Thames Ward, Barking, and invite other local projects that we know to join in developing a common framework. 
 +* work with a consortium of London networks later this year to help them plan development of mapping and communications 
 +* explore further technical solutions for connecting geographic and network maps 
 +* continue blogging, and start further forum discussions 
 + 
 +##​ Earlier ​reports
  
 **[[https://​goo.gl/​9ETM9H|Exploring how London can be a more Networked City]]**\\ **[[https://​goo.gl/​9ETM9H|Exploring how London can be a more Networked City]]**\\
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 A paper summarising an approach to using digital technology, network thinking and self-organising to address three linked challenges: how people can find opportunities and services, and develop new relationships in their local communities;​ how to develop civic infrastructure when existing systems are reducing and new approaches are needed; supporting community connectors in their role of making connections and building relationship in local communities,​ and online A paper summarising an approach to using digital technology, network thinking and self-organising to address three linked challenges: how people can find opportunities and services, and develop new relationships in their local communities;​ how to develop civic infrastructure when existing systems are reducing and new approaches are needed; supporting community connectors in their role of making connections and building relationship in local communities,​ and online
  
 +### Contacts
  
-## Contacts +[David Wilcox](mailto:​david@socialreporter.com) 
- +* [Drew Mackie](drew@drewmackie.co.uk
-* David Wilcox ​[david@socialreporter.com](mailto:​david@socialreporter.com) ​@davidwilcox 07970 621606 +* [Barbara Brayshay](barbara.brayshay@gmail.com)
-Matt Scott [matt@lvsc.org.uk](mailto:​ourwayahead@gmail.com) @ourwayahead +
-* Drew Mackie [drew@drewmackie.co.uk](mailto:drew@drewmackie.co.uk0 @admaque+
  
-[[london:smartcity|Networked City]]+[[communities:index]]
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