This month will be our last Teacambs for the year as the last Thursday of December is Boxing day this year.
We’re still in the process of confirming our final speaker for this event, and will update the website as soon as possible.
We’ve got a number of visitors lined up for 2014 from outside the county, including some specialists in community engagement using social media as well as some experts from Whitehall and Westminster. We also hope to have updates not just from local councils on what they’ve been doing with social and digital media, but also from other public sector organisations and higher education bodies about what they have been doing too.
Other things that are on our horizon too include:
- Our first Teacambs gathering outside of Cambridge
- A skills-sharing event similar to CommsCamp 2013 where we can bring lots of you from across the county together for an ‘unConference’ style event to share problems and ideas with each other and with some of the brightest minds in the field of local government social media.
One of the things that we’ve been able to do in recent months is to get in touch with a number of student and university societies – both Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University. Throughout 2014 we hope to see how public sector institutions across the county can collaborate with some of the exciting work coming out of these societies.
2013 has also taught us that digital inclusion remains an issue across Cambridgeshire. Our good friends at the Government Digital Service in Cabinet Office have now taken over as policy lead for digital inclusion for central government (see here). One of the ‘watching briefs’ that we’ll have is on how that policy develops – as well as looking for opportunities for how you can feed into it. If you and/or your organisation (irrespective of your sector, so private and voluntary as well as public) are interested in this policy area, please let us know.
Otherwise, hope to see you at Teacambs
- When: 4:30pm on Thursday 28 November 2013
- Where: 3rd Floor Cafe, John Lewis, Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB2 3DS
- Find us at: The table with Puffles the Dragon Fairy
This follows on from an event (that’s all but sold-out at the time of writing) being hosted by Cambridge Festival of Ideas. (See here)
A couple of articles that explain what a smart city is include:
What features of a smart city does Cambridge have, and what is it missing? What about those that live close to but outside the city? What also are the local public policy challenges for institutions in and around the city?
Date: 31 October 2013
Venue: John Lewis Cafe, Grand Arcade, Cambridge CB2 3DS
Look for the table that Puffles the Dragon Fairy is perched at
To sign up or to add to your calendar, click here.
Following Ashley’s talk about the expansion of the Shape Your Place website (see here) in July, this month’s session will be on community outreach. One of the other reasons being a very poorly-attended community safety event in Cherry Hinton on 24 August – which I blogged in detail about here.
In a nutshell, there are some significant lessons to be learnt, because a significant amount of resources were used for that event – far outweighing the numbers of people that turned up. How can we avoid similar outcomes? What specific actions need to be taken and by whom? I don’t want it to become a slanging match – rather, I’d like to guide the conversation towards the formulation of a wider community development plan. In terms of events alone, it would allow institutions to analyse a calendar of events and co-ordinate things so that school holidays, bank holidays, local festivals and even major sporting events are accounted for.
Finally, what is the role of social media use in all of this? How are local institutions currently using social media? What is working for them? What isn’t working? What would you like to improve and why?
As always, Third Floor of the John Lewis Cafe from 4:30pm on the last Thursday of the month – which will be 29 August 2013. Look out for the table that Puffles the dragon fairy is sitting at. If you’d like to come along, please sign up here, or simply drop by.
There have been a few things that have happened locally that might be of interest – two of which we are going to cover at the next couple of teacambs gatherings.
June’s Teacambs: Networked Councillors
This is a Public-i project that is covering the East of England. The meeting that Puffles went along to on 17th June is summarised here. Given the more informal nature of social media, what are the expectations of local councillors and citizens given the move towards people using social media in greater numbers? What are the opportunities and risks?
One of the other things people may want to look at is how to engage with councillors using social media where they have an official role within an organisation. Is this something that should be reserved for ‘formal correspondence’ only, or is there a role where councillors, officials (in particular in ‘partner’ organisations such as hospitals, colleges, the job centre and the emergency services) can engage with citizens at a local level?
If you’d like to come along to June’s Teacambs (and/or for a glass of wine afterwards), please sign up here.
July’s Teacambs: Shape Your Place Cambridge & South Cambs
Ashley Whittaker who runs Shape Your Place Cambridge will be joining us to explain how everything’s going as SYP expands to cover the whole of the county. There has been comment already on SYP Cambridge – including here from Richard Taylor, and also here from myself at A Dragon’s Best Friend.
Who needs to do what to ensure SYP Cambridge is a success?
If you’d like to come to July’s Teacambs, please sign up here.
Teacambs (http://teacambs.wordpress.com/) this month will be reporting back from the Mother Ship (Teacamp in London) who are hosting an event titled “Digital Women” – at which Cambridge’s favourite dragon fairy Puffles is listed as a guest speaker! A few fellow Teacambs regulars will also be heading down with Puffles too.
Afterwards – from 6pm we will be heading to All Bar One for some rioja, hopefully meeting a few more people from Puffles’ wider social media following in and around Cambridge who might otherwise not be able to make Teacambs.
These gatherings are not restricted to women only – all are welcome. (Just remember the spirit of the House Rules for Puffles’ Blog “A dragon’s best friend” halfway down here).
Apologies for the short notice, but as it’s perilously close to Easter & with many regulars on leave, there won’t be a Teacambs gathering on 28 March. Several of us will be going down to London for the Digital Women event run by the Teacamp Mothership on 11 April, sign up at http://digitalwomenteacamp.eventbrite.co.uk/ if you wish to join us
All the best
Antony & Liz