Am very late in writing about this, but am only just getting round to reading the third report produced by the Digital Dialogues project. This bit, from the Guidance and Recommendations section, is very nicely put:
From our research we have identified four conditions that lead to a higher probability of success with online engagement:
- Engagement is embedded within the processes and culture of the organisation, it does not just happen as an afterthought or on the periphery.
- The choice of engagement tool is driven by the need, not by the technology.
- Engagement works when organisations are prepared to listen – risk aversion and a fear of exposing the organisation to the outside are the biggest inhibitors of good listening and, therefore, of successful online engagement.
- Reflexivity is vital to success and organisations that are adaptable – able to listen, reflect, learn, respond and change – prove better at engagement.
Tim Davies has blogged again about UK Youth Online, the barcamp he is arranging for somewhere in London on 17 May. It reminded me that I have totally failed to post about it yet.
What’s it all about? Well, according to the rather lovely invite Tim has designed:
We are a collection of youth workers, participation workers, youth website managers, innovators, technology developers, optimists, open minded sceptics, young people, consultants, practitioners, managers, and many more things.
- Between us we are interested in topics that include:
- Online information services for young people
- Supporting young people’s online interaction and activity
- Researching young people and the internet/blogging/social networking etc.
- Developing online tools and platforms for young people
- Exploring online technologies in education and participation
- Young people’s civic engagement online
- School councils, youth councils and local e-democracy
- On-line video and web radio
And we’re coming together on 17th May 2008 in London for a BarCamp – and informal conference where we set the agenda on the day and have creative, constructive and dynamic demonstrations, discussions and knowledge sharing.
Sounds good to me. I will certainly be popping along, and I would encourage everyone that reads this blog to do so as well. you can sign up using Tim’s nifty Google Docs / Pageflakes mashup wotsit at http://ukyouthonline.org.
Oh, and if anyone knows of a venue, do let Tim know. Thanks.