Hyperlocal initiatives

January 26, 2009

As part of a general interest in the the way online social-networking tools are promoting localism and instigating community action (and the now well-documented adoption of the ‘hyperlocal’ tag to describe the phenomenon), I’d like to draw eveyone’s attention to the following:

http://www.fixmystreet.com/

This is a great tool from the clever people at mySociety (creators of the vastly popular TheyWorkForYou.com, and PledgeBank)… Now also available on the iPhone! One of today’s posts regarding gang-related graffiti in London was posted and forwarded to the relevant local authority within 4 min!

Talking about Pledgebank, Justin McKeating has created a great pledge to hire the services of an ex-cabinet minister to convey citizens concerns directly to governement (a little optimistic perhaps, but an interesting thought nonetheless) – http://www.pledgebank.com/cheapdemocracy

http://ultralocalvoice.wordpress.com/2009/01/22/talk-about-local-training-thousands-of-people-to-set-up-community-websites-in-their-neighbourhood/

William Perrin last week announced the launch of his ‘Talk about Local’ proposal, in partnership with 4iP… “Talk About Local will train several thousand people in 150 disadvantaged places in England to set up locality/community/neighbourhood based websites”.

If such incentives for applying political pressure can be tied into successful hyperlocal fund-raising models like those employed under PledgeBank (and the brilliant story of MyFootballClub and Ebbsfleet United) then we may see a community action agenda, empowered by ICTs, that comes full circle.

NI

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