This post has been written by Julian Sefton-Green as a review of the Make Bridge seminar series which aimed to share digital making practices between UK and US organisations. The post evaluates the nature of the process (delivery, feedback and technical issues); the quality and nature of the content and key themes emerging from the discussions; and further thoughts for future kinds of professional development and support.
For centuries, people have used subscription models to build shared assets from small personal contributions. From families buying bricks to build mosques, to the citizen subscriptions that paid for the plinth beneath the feet of the Statue of Liberty, people have banded together to make whatever contribution they can afford towards creating something greater than the sum of their parts. These early examples of crowdfunding demonstrate the age-old desire to improve the collective lot and to achieve great things at a significant scale.
Most organisations funded by Nominet Trust will use some form of survey or questionnaire in the process of evaluating their projects. The advantage to this approach is that it makes it possible to capture beneficiaries’ perceptions and subjective experiences, in addition to their observed external behaviours. This is an important aspect of the evaluation process as many of the changes that Nominet Trust projects are seeking to effect (e.g. increased confidence, greater awareness, reduced social isolation, etc.) can be difficult to measure purely by external observation. more >
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.
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.