Knives and forks at the ready? Good because we want to introduce you to Casserole, a community project that connects people – one good shared meal at a time. The project is being developed and piloted with Future Surrey and has just won a contract with the TSB and Design Council on their joint Independence Matters programme. It’s been a busy [...]
It’s a big day at FutureGov, as we mark the launch of Simpl, the social innovation marketplace. The result of hard work, experimenting and support, we especially need to thank our partners at Rock Creek, as well as our crack team of beta users who have given us their marvellous ideas, offers and opinions. Feedback collected and [...]
Last November, we kicked off the Local by Social programme in Coventry
Back in May last year, we put together the Go London Social Innovation Competition
Way back in (a much warmer!) May, you may remember the Go London finals took place in City Hall. After NHS London sent out an open call for bright ideas to make London a more active City, we invited designers, developers and other people good with bringing ideas to life to work with the Go London [...]
Nesta’s Age Unlimited programme is looking to generate innovative new public services for people in their fifties. As part of the programme they recently had an event on ‘Seniors Cohousing’, which is an innovation in housing for older people. I went along and have to say I haven’t felt that inspired for a while…
Sat watching the case of Baby Peter unfold on the television last year, as with the vast majority of you I’m sure, I was left feeling hugely saddened, frustrated and powerless to help prevent such events from ever happening again. I am not a social worker nor do I work for any one of the numerous agencies involved in the extremely complex and challenging world of child protection. However, it did get me thinking about where I might be able to provide some support, specifically around how we might be able to draw on social technologies to contribute to safeguarding children.
We’re currently looking at the role of social media in recruitment – not only using the web to recruit, but also what we should expect candidates for public sector leadership roles to know about the world as a place where people are online and networked. There are plenty who claim to know about the web [...]
So the time has come to reveal the name of the lucky winner of our competition to win a trip over to the Politics Online Conference in Washington DC at the end of April.
Right. Sorry to be awkward everyone, but here’s the thing: we had a load of entries to the big FutureGov competition and as the newbie around here I was tasked with making one person’s lucky day and announcing them the winner right here. But the winner I lovingly selected couldn’t make the date of the Politics Online conference and no other entries grabbed me in the same ingenious way.