Google Wave – are we “waving” goodbye to the old school

The much talked about Google Wave will be available later this year and the preview demonstrated at Google I/O event has got me thinking and after watching the video (below) there are a number of opportunities for the public sector, here are three areas where i feel we could gain real benefit, with this type of new functionality.

  • Emergency comms – with email, web publishing and IM all interconnected. Communicating to a wide audience goes beyond your “contacts” list and can essentially reach the world in an instant.
  • Community engagement – comments/conversations on blogs or other sites will be sent to me in my inbox and i can reply via my inbox. This would help those people who want to re-use content on various platforms and enable those people to capture all feedback and collate these and pass the conversations from one platform into another to facilitate wider community or network involvement (this coupled with the conversation playback facility will transform collaboration)
  • Integrated access to colleagues / people on mobile devices (mobile and flexible working) this changes the landscape of mobile and flexible working in my opinion.

I for one am really excited by the prospect of seeing how this can allow people to work, collaborate and communicate more effectively……

It won’t solve everything, but it can teach us a new way in sharing and collaborating together.

Well done Google.

LGIU – Action Learning Set – Social Networking and Participation

Last friday (24th April) i attended the LGIU (Local Government Information Unit) action learning set. I was asked to speak for about 30 minutes on our experiences in Devon and in particular the strategic perspective as opposed to a detailed practitioner level (otherwise Katie would should have gone)

I had planned to blog sooner about the day but it provided some excellent ideas about how social networking can provide a bridge between individual and group engagement. But i still need to think more about this as well as touch base again with Tim Davies who was facilitating the Action Learning Set and Bill Badham from the National Youth Agency.

The session was made up of various people from a youth focused background to a corporate background, so it provided a good mix and balance for discussions.

Tim had asked me to try and focus on where this fit into the wider picture but also practical approaches to taking this forward within local councils, so that is what i tried to do within the 30 minutes.

My slides are here

and i also used the video of my Chief Executive again as it is becoming more and more relevant and more powerful the more i watch it and use it.

The most interesting and more important link that you can make if you are looking to move forward in this area is to link it into the Hear By Right Framework. There is huge potential to at least get wider strategic support for this type of activity if you connect with your colleague in the  youth service and children and young people’s directorates and help make those connections.

I am planning on writing a blog post about how i see the wider framework for the way my councils works in these spaces over the next week or so.

The eSynergy Blog – Katie Bacon

Katie Bacon works in my council as a youth participation worker. She has done some amazing work using social media tools for youth participation and she has created a website to share her experiences and resources  – check it out.