Join participants and speakers from around the globe in Oxford this Autumn
We are delighted to be sponsoring the 2012 Emerge Conference which takes place in Oxford from 27-28 October.
Emerge is the UK’s leading gathering for a new generation of leaders who are redefining the world in which we live. Emerge engages and connects university students and professionals who aspire to drive transformational change with current global change-agents leading entrepreneurial ventures, businesses and sector-defying organisations.
With over three quarters of people online at home and nearly half of people using the internet on their smartphones, we expect the Government to keep up – and online public services to be both accessible and engaging.
For government to provide online services for all citizens is challenging to say the least. Especially considering both the 5.4 million people aged 65 and older who, for whatever reason, are offline - and unemployed young people – where internet use and familiarity with technology is typically high, but the digital channel is not being used to its full potential.
With the support of Nominet Trust, we at Policy Exchange have researched how to tackle these challenges.
Windmill Hill City Farm will be holding a fantastic event to celebrate national “Apple Day” this Autumn. The event will include apple pressing, music, food, and lots of fun activities for all.
The Apple day fun will actually kick off on the Sunday before the event and YOU could get involved! As part of the farms “Active Citizens” project, supported by Nominet Trust, the farm will be foraging for apples on local public spaces, which will then be pressed in their new apple press on Apple Day.
- ‘Silver surfers’ should become ‘silver sidekicks’ to help older people get online
19th September 2012
The government’s plans to digitise public services could prevent 5.5million older people – over half of all people aged 65 or above - from accessing vital services such as their pension.
A new report by think tank Policy Exchange supports the greater use of the internet to deliver more personalised, cheaper and speedier public services but says that the government must pay special attention to older people who often prefer face-to-face contact when carrying out activities such as paying bills, grocery shopping or banking.
Paralympian peer and disability rights campaigner Tanni Grey-Thompson is urging people to get involved with Go ON Gold, a new national initiative which aims to raise awareness of the obstacles faced by people with disabilities in accessing computers and the internet – and help remedy them.
Congratulations to the University of Stirling Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) who have been shortlisted for the Improving Care with Technology category of the Health Service Journal 2012 Awards.
The nomination is for the DSDC’s Online Virtual Care Home which was officially launched by broadcaster Sally Magnusson in March 2012.
How do you make a masterplan for evaluation into a reality? (If you haven’t read the evaluation master plan – you’re missing out - it’s here.)
We’re asking our upcoming Digital Edge project partners to use ‘micro-narrative’ approach to evaluation to understand how their work brings about change (I know – sounds fancy doesn’t it?). In the spirit of openness this blog is partly so that everyone we’re working with can know what all these strange triangles and requests for stories are trying to do. On the other hand, for anyone who is thinking of using storytelling evaluation in their work, this might help you on your journey.