Amongst all of the ‘online platforms’, ‘open APIs’, and that massive cloud that holds all our data, you will find me dazed and confused, wandering around in the maze of invisible, intangible technological innovations that somehow now seem to run our collective lives.
For that reason, this NT100 blog is dedicated to the Real, Tangible, Verifiable pieces of technology that are making our lives better and that we’ve discovered during our searches.
IARS is delighted to announce the opening of nominations for our annual Research and Leadership Awards. The Awards are supported by Nominet Trust as part of IARS' 99% Campaign E Project, the Big Lottery Fund and the "Youth in Action" Programme. The award categories are:
Armed with the researcher equivalent to detective's garb (Macbooks, cardigans), magnifying glass (Google, caffeine) and a set of leads (Charlie Leadbeater’s black book, and a significant social network of global innovators and activists from our collective consciousness), the NT100 pint sized research team has become a bona fide sleuthing operation. Just call us Marple, Mulder & Holmes.
But even despite our impressive credentials, we knew that taking on the search for the World’s Most Inspiring Digital Social Innovations was going to be a sizeable challenge.
Health outcomes data has never been more important. It's no longer enough to provide a service - commissioners expect to know how well it works, how it compares to other providers, and whether it saves money for other services. This is good news for services that disrupt traditional care models: it's much easier to persuade people to adopt new ideas when their focus is on better outcomes rather than on how things are done.
The Big Issue has long wanted to engage people from disadvantaged communities in the media. An open and welcoming media has to have voices from all aspects of society. But as editor of The Big Issue magazine it was clear the magazine wasn't the best place to do that. Sure, represent and reflect those viewpoints, but engage and develop those individuals? That's a project the magazine didn't have the resources (the time!) to do.
I used the internet to book a holiday. I am in my mid 50's and and hadn't touched a computer until around 9 months ago. The thought of them scared me! Who was looking at my details online? Would I get hacked?
That was what someone told me when I was talking to Terry. I had made my way round the room introducing another element of the Guided Reminiscence session here at the care home.
I took his hand and he shook it and looked me in the eye. He spoke words but they came out all mixed up and although on one level we were not communicating, the way he looked at me and shook my hand was a start. He had suffered a stroke and talking was impossible but on other levels, with body language, things were looking up.
What I love about our digital world is that it shifts agency from the few to the many. It opens up new opportunities for people to engage in their communities, ensuring that their voice is heard, their skills are employed, their experience is drawn on.