I’d like to introduce you to Simpl Challenges - the challenge platform for local government and organisations, helping them to run events that kick start and support brilliant ideas for local and social good. Launched 26 September 2012, the site powers local councils and organisations to reach out to their community, local businesses and entrepreneurs for bright [...]
Wolverhampton makes things, and makes things happen. This industrial revolution powerhouse still has a thriving engineering and creative sector, is birthplace to the traffic light, Slade , Beverly Knight and Goldie. The city produces parts for the aerospace industry, without which every plane in the air worldwide would fall from the sky. Despite that, the [...]
With two weeks left to submit ideas to Google’s Interactivism Young People’s Hack Weekend, we are seeing more and more brilliant ideas popping up on Simpl every day (we’ve had six just in the last 48 hours)! Hankering to submit an … read more »
Anna Turley is the Editor of ProgLoc and a Labour Party activist. Anna was unable to speak at our Local, Social, Digital Labour Party fringe meeting yesterday due to a conflicting engagement, but she wanted us to share with you the speech that she would have made. Today’s Local, Social, Digital fringe will make an [...]
Last Sunday, we held our first ever meeting at a party political conference. Local, Social, Digital hit Birmingham for the Liberal Democrat conference, and despite running up against a meeting where Hugh Grant was speaking, the room was packed out and the energy was buzzing. We started off the meeting by showing everyone this short [...]
FutureGov make our first outing onto on the fringe with our Local, Social, Digital series of events.
It’s been a busy couple of weeks in the world of Local Government, particularly with news on bringing the Localism agenda into reality. Here’s a quick round up of the news, comments and posts on the hot topics that have caught our eye over the last few days.
Open Public Services White Paper
David Cameron launched this [...]
We’re doing a very quick review for the guys at Essex University’s VentureNavigator and I could do with picking your brains…
The real strength of the web is in connecting people, talking openly, sharing and learning. Local government is increasingly at the forefront of using the web for just this kind of thing, whether it’s councillors live tweeting Council meetings, to Blackburn with Darwen Council’s innovative use of social media platforms to help deal with the recent blizzards. There [...]
Inspired by much of what was emerging out of the US as well as some of our own homegrown intiatives, I felt moved to pen what I rather grandly called a “Digital Innovation Strategy for London”. Intended in the first instance to clear my head and organise my thoughts, I ended up passing it on to some senior London government colleagues for thoughts on how we might make some of it happen. In the spirit of the reviews of 2009 that are going around at the moment, I thought I would share one of the versions of what I wrote (with the help of my trusted co-conspirator Carrie) around this time last year and leave it to you to decide whether I was on to something or whether I was missing a trick – and how much has come to pass.