This seminar examined and discussed the potential role for housing providers to develop a neighbourhood media programme and to support digital inclusion as a means of offering residents new ways to influence services and participate and engage in their community.
Technology and social media is rapidly changing the way that we communicate and interact with one another. The rise in popularity of social media has led to the ability for people to engage much more with what is going on around them. The term ‘hyperlocalism’ has emerged in relation to the increased capability to connect and engage within a specified local area through both the internet and online media. This promising trend of the digital age with user-generated content, broadcast by communities themselves, allows people to tell their own stories and share their own ideas about the world that they experience.
Contributions came from:
Nick Booth - Managing Director of Podnosh 'social media for social good'
Steph Jennings - Co-founder of Wolverhampton hyperlocal website wv11.co.uk
Boris Worrall - Director of Strategy and External Relations at Orbit Housing Group
Anna Lambert - Communications Manager at Halton Housing Trust
Presentations from this event
Nick Booth - New approaches to engagement, accountability and transparency
Steph Jennings - Hyperlocalism in action
Boris worrall - Housing and social media - how the sector is responding