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Designing for Civil Society

David Wilcox on social media, engagement, collaboration

Last Build Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:58:17 +0100


The birth of Our Society

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:58:17 +0100

As I wrote earlier, one of the problems with the Big Society idea, when promoted as a brand by Government, is that it wraps together policies for a smaller state with practical action to promote local social action, social enterprise...

Back off the #bigsociety brand - let people choose their own label

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:49:45 +0100

Two articles in today's Prospect magazine highlight for me why the Coalition government should scale back promotion of its contentious Big Society brand - if it wishes to see significant take up of its best ideas. Stop worrying Labour will...

Nat Wei explains Big Society: it’s like the Internet

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:48:15 +0100

Nat Wei, one of the origjnators of the Big Society idea, and now a government adviser, uses his new blog to post what seems to me one of the most significant set of insights we have heard from someone close...

Community organisers for Big Society from both sides

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:47:47 +0100

Ben Toombs, blogging at RSA projects, explores the role of community organisers, now being promoted by one Labour leadership candidate as well the Coalition. Does anyone know what plans there are to train the 5000 organisers promised under Big Society?...

Recent posts at socialreporter on evolving Big Society

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:46:58 +0100

I posted four pieces at giving my perspective on Big Society developments: this is the summary pieces with some first ideas on networking. Amplify’d from Here’s a catch-up on the posts I’ve written over the past few days...

Collecting Big Society news

Sun, 17 Oct 2010 17:43:28 +0100

I'm experimenting in using to collect tweets, blog posts and other articles. Amplify is a great free tool which allows you to write a blog post or a tweet, and also to clip content from web pages, add a...

Now we have a Minister for Civil Society

Tue, 18 May 2010 20:52:07 +0100

I haven't posted anything to this Designing for Civil Society blog for a couple of years, because I've been concentrating on and However, I feel I should record that we now have a Minister for Civil Society in...

Recent stories from socialreporter

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 15:42:04 +0100

I'm currently doing most of my blogging about social media, e-democracy and open collaboration over at Here's some recent items Citizen journalism: what happens if no-one comes? Charlie Beckett wonders whether the potential joining up of citizens and pro...

CoPs at boundary of institution and innovation

Sun, 13 Apr 2008 13:21:04 +0100

Click to play also at Steve Dale designed the IDeA online platform that enables local government officers to share knowledge across a wide range of topics, and last week he invited me to a workshop with some of the...

Media Files:

New jobs in nonprofit e-learning and innovation

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 23:34:06 +0100

I've come upon a couple of interesting projects and jobs ... the Cass Business School in London has spent the last three years putting together plans and funding for an innovative programme to provide online learning for people in community...

Innovation camp needs imitators

Wed, 09 Apr 2008 23:21:33 +0100

I spent much of last weekend at the London Social Innovation Camp, and as I have written over at Socialreporter, I think we need more of these events that bring together social activists and techies to brew up bright ideas...

Professor questions the value of e-democracy centre

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 22:06:27 +0100

Professor Stephen Coleman, guest blogging at Connecting Bristol, an acknowledged leader in local e-democracy, has now turned his questioning gaze on the government-funded International Centre for Local e-Democracy (ICELE). After listing a range of well-known e-democracy projects in the UK,...

Chance to blog with Stephen Coleman

Wed, 02 Apr 2008 10:01:05 +0100

A post from Shane McCracken let's us know that Stephen Coleman, Professor of Political Communication and Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Citizenship, is guest blogging on the future of politics and citizenship at Connecting Bristol. This is an unusual...

BBC trails their version of networked journalism

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 18:38:56 +0100

A few weeks back I posted a lengthy piece about possible BBC plans to fulfill its public service remit for "sustaining citizenship and civil society", after hearing of a preview by Controller of BBC English Regions Andy Griffee. His demonstration...

Government pledge to support online collaboration

Tue, 01 Apr 2008 10:10:24 +0100

Cabinet Office Minister Tom Watson has announced a new Task Force, headed by Richard Allan, to take forward proposals in the Power of Information report. Much of this was about the way that Govenment information is handled - important in...

If we talk, will Government listen?

Wed, 26 Mar 2008 11:41:22 +0000

Two contrasting approaches to UK e-democracy emerged over the last few days. On the one hand OurKingdom is promoting the idea of a massive online conversation leading up to a Citizens Summit to discuss the British Statement of Values, which...

Back the blogging bosses

Mon, 24 Mar 2008 18:53:06 +0000

It's a friendly place, the blogosphere. Following news here that that Stephen Bubb, chief executive of the organisation for nonprofit chief executives acevo has started blogging at Bubb's blog, a couple of more established bloggers have launched a support group....

Not getting it may be a worldview thing

Sun, 23 Mar 2008 19:25:27 +0000

When people are unenthusiastic about social media and other Web 2.0 stuff it is tempting to be a bit sneery and say they don't "get it". Who can fail to see the benefits of publishing without publishers, and organising without...

Network to explore "civic function of news"

Thu, 20 Mar 2008 14:07:17 +0000

Stephen Coleman, Professor of Political Communication and Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Citizenship, is launching an RSA Journalism Network over on the RSA Networks site. The public’s declining trust in the news media is a worrying trend. The RSA...

Mashing up for social action: they need our votes

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 17:07:01 +0000

While projects are now chosen for the London-based Social Innovation Camp, voting is on for the equivalent US-based contest, and MySociety are drumming up support: NetSquared (based in the U.S.) has launched their newest summer contest, the N2Y3 (that’s NetSquared...