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Digital Communities – Top 3 Ideas

February 23, 2010

The following 3 ideas had the most votes from the voters at the Community & Technology event:

1. Check the accessibility of the tools (including free sites like Youtube, Twitter, etc) before using them or suggesting that others use them.  A session on assistive software and what sites it works with.  What are the cheap versions of software and hardware groups can get hold of for disabled people to engage with?

2.  Recommended training sessions: running photo and video competitions (posting them online and culminating in an exhibition); using Facebook groups to campaign; staff and visitors blogging about meeting outcomes and actions; promoting blogs; using Survey Monkey or similar to collate opinions; giving short, specific training sessions on many subjects – at differnet times and places – e.g. Youtube, Twitter; using social media tools to market to, and receive from, local communities; holding a Daniel Priestly event at Knowle West Media Centre.

3.  The writers of lengthy, dense strategy documents that are posted online to distill the information into a concise summary.   E.g. ‘How does this affect you?’ ‘It means…’  The readers to inform the writers if they are dissatisfied.

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Digital Communities – Results

February 23, 2010

Following rounds of energetic debate and the waving of many coloured voting cards, we can reveal the ideas shortlisted by the participants of today’s Community & Technology event.

How can we create and support digital communities in Bristol through the use of technology?

G – number of votes to take the idea forward  R – number of votes to dismiss the idea

1. Check the accessibility of the tools (including free sites like Youtube, Twitter, etc) before using them or suggesting that others use them.  A session on assistive software and what sites it works with.  What are the cheap versions of software and hardware groups can get hold of for disabled people to engage with? (28G, 0R)

2.  Short, concise online voting systems used for consultations: Yes/No (14G, 10R)

3.  Recommended training sessions: running photo and video competitions (posting them online and culminating in an exhibition); using Facebook groups to campaign; staff and visitors blogging about meeting outcomes and actions; promoting blogs; using Survey Monkey or similar to collate opinions; giving short, specific training sessions on many subjects – at differnet times and places – e.g. Youtube, Twitter; using social media tools to market to, and receive from, local communities; holding a Daniel Priestly event at Knowle West Media Centre. (28G, 0R)

4.  Use Google Alerts to get information on local news and events. (16G, 2R)

5.  The writers of lengthy, dense strategy documents that are posted online to distill the information into a concise summary.   E.g. ‘How does this affect you?’ ‘It means…’  The readers to inform the writers if they are dissatisfied. (28G, 0R)

6.  Access to a fast digital broadband network all over Bristol, minimum of 2MB. (18G, 1R)

7. Free training sessions for residents in using IT – creating websites that are accessible and using all of these sites and applications.  (22G 0R)

8. Research the effect online interaction has on offline activity (e.g. do online forums increase turnout at voting?) (19G, 3R)

9. More use of audio, not just video. Distribution as podcasts or similar. (21G, 0R)

10.  Finding out more ways to pull together all community groups in Bristol online (19G, 2R)

Digital Communities – Ideas

February 23, 2010

The following ideas for creating digital communities in Bristol have been suggested by participants at today’s event.  Any comments?

1. Check the accessibility of the tools to use (including free sites like Youtube, Twitter, etc) before using them or suggesting others use them.

2.  A session on assistive software and what sites it works with.  What are the cheap versions of software and hardware groups can get hold of for disabled people to engage with?

3.  Using voting online for consultations.

4.  Photo and video competitions – post online – exhibition

5.  Using Facebook groups to campaign.

6.  Staff and visitors blogging about meeting outcomes and actions.

7.  Giving training sessions to residents to promote blogs – and them contributing to our site.

8.  Using Survey Monkey or similar to collate opinions.

9.  Short, specific training sessions on many subjects – at differnet times and places – e.g. Youtube, Twitter, Geotags.

10.  Use Google Alerts to get information on local news and events.

11.  Filtering out the key facts and impacts from lengthy, dense strategy documents posted online.  Distilling the information into a concise summary, e.g. ‘How does this affect you?’ ‘It means…’

12.  Access to a fast digital broadband network all over Bristol.  

13.  Accessibility concerns to be addressed as well as the affordability of using high speed Internet connections.

14.  How can we take advantage of social media tools to market to, and receive from, local communities, using Facebook, etc?  Hold a Daniel Priestly event at Knowle West Media Centre?

15. Free training sessions for residents in using IT – creating websites that are accessible and using all of these sites and applications.

16. Research in to the effect of online interaction on offline activity.

17. More use of audio, not just video. Distribution as podcasts or similar.

18.  Training on accesibility – clear notes uploaded online.

19.  Ways to pull together all community groups in Bristol together online – everything is so fragmented.

‘How can we make it work in Bristol?’

February 23, 2010

At today’s Community & Technology event we’re asking: how can digital communities be developed and supported in the city of Bristol?  This afternoon we’ll be voting on ideas suggested by the participants; why not make a suggestion yourself?  

How can communities influence / take responsibility / develop & grow / develop pride / develop ownership?

How can organisations best represent themselves / attract participation (traffic, content, etc) / exert influence / share information / cross-refer?

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Using digital technology to work with Bristol’s communities

February 3, 2010

Community & Technology

Tuesday 23rd February – 10.30am-3pm
Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, Bristol, BS4 1NL


An opportunity for those with interest or experience in working with Bristol communities to explore how digital technologies can aid community development, representation and engagement.
This event will provide opportunities to discuss and explore the role of digital technologies in supporting, engaging, developing and representing Bristol communities. These technologies include the Internet, websites, forums, digital media and social networking, such as Facebook groups, blogging and Twitter. This free event will showcase successful strategies, share best practice and include presentations and networking.

Book your free place at Eventbrite.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Free ICT Assessments from AbilityNet

February 1, 2010

AbilityNet, a national charity are offering 30 free AT and AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) assessments for children before the end of March 2010.

AC includes any communication method (including gestures, pictures, symbols, electronic/battery operated talking devices and computers) that is used to help individuals who have speech or writing impairments make meaningful connections with the world around them.

Assessments are supported by an extensive loan bank of equipment for the child to try out. They also deliver training around the country to individuals and groups including families, teachers and specialist teams.

AbilityNet aim to work with families, local Speech and Language therapists, teachers, and Occupational Therapists where appropriate to provide the assessment.

For more information call 0800 269545, email education@abilitynet.org.uk or visit http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/aac/

Final 4 Ideas: ‘What needs doing to create a world-class digital South Bristol?’

January 21, 2010

On behalf of the Bristol Digital Leaders, Stephen Hilton has accepted the final four ideas voted through from the original 48, in answer to the question ‘what needs doing to create a world-class digital South Bristol?’ The final four ideas are:

• Providing city-wide free wifi
• Opening unused capacity on Council owned fibre infrastructure
• Investing in local skills to manage and expand the network
• More sharing of ideas between business, voluntary sector and local authorities – forging unexpected partnerships

Thank you to everyone who contributed their ideas and followed the event on Twitter