Baby Steps

Taking Baby Steps

What a day so far, excellent morning and working lunch session with Tim Davies, who is helping and support us with a youth participation project using social networking sites.

I made a list of notes and questions which i need to digest and either ask more questions and or reflect about via this blog. Feel free to comment on any of these..

Notes and Questions

  • We need to position this as a learning experiment instead of promoting with big fan fare!
  • Whole process feels like we have reinvented the phone? We are asking ourselves what do we do with it?
  • Do we need a social networking strategy in Devon? Is this part of a wider consultation and engagement strategy? Has anyone included SNS as part of consultation and engagement activity and strategies?
  • Increase Information and knowledge about social networking sites – what can people really do in them other than network.
    – Campaigns, events and communications. What can they offer people outside of just “chat”.
  • Opportunities for increasing knowledge and access to a wide range of support and activity based information.
  • Geography and remoteness presents opportunities to engage through new methods of contact.
  • Channel Management strategies play a key role in developing and supporting the framework for engagement and participation.
  • Similarity in approach to Rural Voices in Minnesota, USA? What are the opportunities for learning.
  • Thinkuknow.co.uk great website for young people – learn how to stay safe online.
  • Is social networking the death of email?
  • Ustream.tv- personal streaming of video can provide a new opportunity to engage via small scale vox pop.
  • There is a 4th social networking space called hi5
  • What does good youth work look like in SNS

The ideas wall and matrixTim gave a great short presentation for members and colleagues on the basics and research findings. I found the following useful for focusing teh mind in terms of of how we approach young people in this space

  • What are young people doing in SN sites
    • Keeping in contact
    • Sharing content
    • Making new contacts
    • Hanging out
    • Exploring identity
    • Informal learning
  • Opportunities for youth work
    • Promotion and recruitment
    • Keeping in contact
    • Engagement and participation
    • Sharing media from events and groups

One area that people find difficult to get their head around is privacy and what it means. Safety online and new methods of engagement etc.

I found this video on you tube which is great at showing how the web has evolved and how we as users are driving that change and it poses some interesting questions around how we think about privacy, information and ethics etc. It is about 5 minutes, so if you have time watch NOW

I have also be invited to evaluate Alfresco and Sharepoint from a Enterprise Content Management perspective. If you have views in this area do get in touch or sign post me to others

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