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The Networked City exploration

Networked City is an exploration into the role of network thinking and digital technology in reframing London's civil society and supporting social action.

It was started by David Wilcox and Drew Mackie on behalf of the London Voluntary Service Council, and is now being led by Matt Scott with David and Drew and a group formed following a launch event on January 10 2017.

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The Networked City exploration aims to

  • complement and support The Way Ahead initiative on London's civil society launched by London Funders, LVSVC and Greater London Volunteering.
  • contribute ideas to achieve the vision of the Deputy Mayor, Matthew Ryder QC in promoting active citizenship across London and making sure City Hall uses the best methods for measuring levels of social integration.

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Developing ideas on Connecting Londoners in a Networked City
We are developing Connecting Londoners as an initiative for anyone interested in how people, projects and organisations can cooperate and collaborate better for social good.

We are exploring three linked challenges as services and funding are cut, and the ways that people communicate are changing rapidly:

  • how will Londoners in future find out where to get help for themselves or their families in times of need; find local activities that interest them; share or sell items or services; find opportunities to volunteer; campaign for or against change in their community … and organise projects?
  • how can individuals, groups and organisations make use of the Internet - together with other methods - to cooperate and collaborate more effectively?
  • how can we ensure that those most in need, and most vulnerable, are not excluded by these changes?

Exploring how London can be a more Networked City
A background paper for our launch event on January 10 2017, including a summary of The Way Ahead initiative, models for cooperation and collaboration in the networked age, the development process for our exploration.

Supporting co-production
A note for The Way Ahead group on co-production, covering models for engagement, cooperation and collaboration, and the idea of local ecosystems.

Slipham Living Lab
We can use a fictitious but realist place - the London Borough of Slipham - as a Living Lab to explore how to improve the ways in which people connect with local services, organisations, and opportunities in their community. We can also work together in the Lab to find out what support organisations need, and what is involved in putting ideas into practice. To do that we’ll have a background map of existing connections, some characters and organisations, and some challenges to meet. The Lab could then be developed - subject to funding - as a “for real” co-design toolkit for local people and organisations.

Connecting Citizens
A paper summarising an approach to using digital technology, network thinking and self-organising to address three linked challenges: how people can find opportunities and services, and develop new relationships in their local communities; how to develop civic infrastructure when existing systems are reducing and new approaches are needed; supporting community connectors in their role of making connections and building relationship in local communities, and online


  • Matt Scott @matt_lvsc
  • David Wilcox @davidwilcox
  • Drew Mackie @admaque
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