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.
At this point of the year, we expected to launch a new funding programme looking at how we can enable older people to benefit from using digital technology. We ran an open exploration of the key themes (led by the inimitable David Wilcox); pulling together existing research, practice and funding activity and aimed, through that process, to understand where digital technology could be most useful and, as such, where we should target our social investment fund.
The Gransnet Local launch took place on 8th April and was a resounding success with positive press coverage both nationally and locally. Many of the editors were invited to talk on their own local radio stations or interviewed by local newspapers, most of them for the first time. They really enjoyed the media attention as some of them have been working on the sites for months now without much in the way of public acknowledgement.
Here at Keyfund it is our mission to help young people practically develop their skills and inner strengths for real world success. But what does real world success look like to young people? What is the nature of their aspirations and what are the social structures needed to attain them? These are some of the key questions we’ll be exploring with
Here in the Connected Communities team at the RSA, we put a great deal of work into understanding social networks. We’re interested in finding ways to improve upon and utilise those networks existing within a community in a way that can have positive outcomes on both personal health as well as the social health of our communities overall.
In Bangladesh, millions of people are learning English using a service they can call up by dialling 3000 on a mobile phone. In Mexico, five million people are part of a collaborative consumption platform which gives them round the clock medical support and discounts on medical treatments, all for an additional $5 a month on their mobile phone bill. In Sao Paulo, a site that gathers the best that the city has to offer that is free and cheap - from exhibitions and concerts to yoga and psychoanalysis - gets 8m page views a day, making it the fifth most visited site in the country.