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Social Reporting and Civic/Citizen Activism – reflections from recent workshops in Belfast/East Renfrewshire

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Back in April, I was invited over back over to Belfast by Democracy Society NI to deliver a day long workshop on ‘social reporting‘ with community groups who were connected to the Building Change Trust programme. I really love visiting Belfast. After my tall ship sailing experience last summer between Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow – sailing between ports in a…

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Conference, Researching Social Media (Keynote): Curating a Digital Commonwealth

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As part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, this one-day conference on Researching Social Media was aimed at policy makers, the business community, third sector and academic researchers and paid specific attention to methods and analytical approaches. The conference was held on Monday 4 November 2013 at The Workstation in Sheffield and hosted by the University of Sheffield. The conference included a keynote…

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Leaving the Sentinel: 5 things I have learned about faciliatating community-led media

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Having spoken at a few conferences recently about the impact of social media and community-led media in terms of community engagement, I have been meaning to write this post for a while – especially as I’ve been talking specifically about method and approach to developing community based media outfit – and – several people have been in touch about how…

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Project: Update on Wester Hailes #digitalsentinel community reporter taster sessions

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Over the last few months through my freelance community media development role at WHALE Arts in Edinburgh, I’ve been facilitating several community media ‘taster’ sessions in Wester Hailes for the development of the Digital Sentinel, a community-ran local news agency. I have been in this role with WHALE since October last year, having developed a ethical media policy and timeline for developing and…

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Workshop: Social Media for Community Engagement, Fife Rights Forum (2nd May)

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Last week Third Sector Lab’s Ross McCulloch and I were invited through to Kirkcaldy to host some workshops at the Fife Rights Forum event. About FRF: Fife Rights Forum is the partnership organisation for Fife’s advice and rights groups. Responsible for co-ordinating the strategic development of advice, rights and financial inclusion work in Fife, Fife Rights Forum strives to support the delivery of…

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The #digitalsentinel and on being the cutting edge of mundane.

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I’m currently in London after attending the AHRC Connected Communities Showcase yesterday. I was representing the Digital Sentinel project that is based in Wester Hailes and is a follow on from a wider set of ‘Community Hacking‘ projects (check out the amazing comic strip on the projects website!) such as Ladders to the Cloud and the installation of the Digital Totem…

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