OpenSpaceDevon – the unconference

UPDATED: Thanks to everyone so far who has expressed an interest – I’ve set up a Ning network so that we can continue the discussions online – visit OpenSpaceDevon and sign up to participate.

Following on from my previous post, i’m intrigued to see what interest there would be in “OpenSpaceDevon – the unconference”. I thought the name better reflected the county of Devon as well as the format of the event.

Following the “curated unconference” format, it is difficult to suggest a formal agenda, but i was thinking that the event could discuss these kinds of topics and issues:

  • Redefining public services
  • Using web 2.0 to safeguard children (continuing the discussion started on Futuregov)
  • Using social software to reinvent the customer/citizen relationship
  • Digital Inclusion in a rural county
  • The role of the citizen in council 2.0
  • Social Care and Health in a networked society
  • Digital Privacy and Information Security
  • Schools and the Next Gen Citizen

It would be great to get public sector professionals, voluntary organisations and business people involved in these areas all together and working through some of these issues and topics – Basically, i’d imagine the event to involve anyone who has an interest and passion to improve public services in general.

I can’t promise that this event will take place, but if there is enough interest in it, i will invest some of my own time to help make this happen. If such an event could happen, then i would recommend that we look to around March/April 2010 and depending on who gets involved in may take place at a weekend – unless of course some local public sector organisations want to get involved and help? (hint hint)

Contact me via this blog post or email me to register your interest in either helping put this event together or participating.


10 thoughts on “OpenSpaceDevon – the unconference

  1. really love this idea: but I also think that involving the private/3rd sectors means more topics that are relevant to them. The Council wants to create a “Devon fit for business” so some stuff about how we can do that would be pretty cool IMHO

  2. Hi – I’m a board member of Cooperatives-SW (one of the regional 3rd sector councils) and would be happy to help publicise, promote and maybe participate, but I won’t sign up to Ning because of their evil eyetest that tells AV-impaired users they aren’t human.

    Could you keep us informed through your blog or email or something else open and friendly, please?

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  4. Hi Carl

    Not sure if I can help, or even attend. But I am excited by what you are doing as a potential model for local government. I would be interested in seeing how this model might be applied elsewhere, and how it might fit with the work I am doing with DC10plus, the national local government digital inclusion network.

  5. “Notify me of follow-up comments via email” on this blog sends me a confirmation link that asks me to log in to – but I don’t have a password! Anyone know how to fix that? It never used to require login.

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