Image: nebarnix Already almost at the end of January and 2012 is racing by. It’s been a busy return to the office post-Christmas and last week saw FutureGov hosting the first…
It was so exciting to hear Dominic present our latest venture at our Local by Social event the other week. Simpl (Social Innovation MarketPlace) is an idea we had which really just solves a problem for us, but we hope it will scratch an itch for others in the process. Introducing Simpl View more presentations [...]
Today we’re really pleased to announce the launch of the next stage of the Safeguarding 2.0 initiative. Back in August last year we hosted a round table discussion in partnership with the Local Government Information Unit (LGiU) to talk about how we might use social web technologies to better safeguard children – and today we can announce that we have received initial funding from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) to carry out the research phase of the project.
When you get an email that contains the words ‘a couple of offers’ completely unprompted you tend to blink a couple of times, which is what happened when Rich Watts, Director of Policy and Development at Essex Coalition of Disabled People (ECDP) got in touch to offer some help with Safeguarding 2.0.
Here at FutureGov we love nothing more than bringing together a wide range of people to think, share and collaborate on ideas and projects that will transform the way we do government, whether from inside government or in the social innovation space. Recently we have been in conversation with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) discussing some of our ideas for social innovation but also how we can work with NESTA to help them achieve their wider goals of public service innovation, leveraging our exciting and diverse network of thinkers and doers in the government and social space.
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.
Things are rather hectic on the events front for FutureGov at the moment, so as much for our benefit as yours here’s where you’ll be able to find us during March. If anything particularly grabs you and you’d like more information or to get involved even, leave a comment below or drop us a line – we’d love to hear from you.