Tackling loneliness

There are so many lonely people in our world, and yet the modern world has given us the tools to banish loneliness for ever. Older people, in particular, are not taking advantage of these tools, so how can we address this.

This is my idea for a project, can we make this happen?

1. First step is to identify lonely, older people, and recruit those willing to take part in the project.

2. Video interviews with lonely, older people, describing their life stories.

3. Post the videos on the internet.

4. Encourage online discussion about the stories

5. Discuss the online interaction with the people who have been videoed

6. Provide equipment and training so the older people can take part in the online discussions

7. Encourage and facilitate future interactions and contact between all project participants

Can we do this?

To aid your thinking, here is the lovely Ron, from Our Digital Planet in Bristol

Podcast – Talking to Phil Jewitt about the Sociable Organisation

This is the first in what may be a series of podcasts in which I talk to people whose work I particularly admire about some aspect of what they are doing.

In this podcast, I met up with Phil Jewitt, Senior Communications Manager, with Leeds City Council, to get some insights into the Sociable Organisation project which he is leading. This is a project which is using social media to drive collaboration and co-creation, both within the city council, and across the city involving partners.

There are some lovely stories in here which illustrate the point I make continually that telling stories usually has more impact that quoting statistics and writing reports.

Please let me have any comments below.

The HUGO Bus has arrived!

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It’s taken some time, but, last night, I was at Leeds Federated Housing Association‘s AGM, and the fully-equipped HUGO bus arrived!

Here it is in all its glory.

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The bus will be delivering digital inclusion support to Leeds Fed’s tenants and to those of its partner organisations. The intention is that it will be available to hire for other organisations at a later date.

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Here is Sue Jennings giving a tour of the bus