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Current and past work by David Wilcox, Drew Mackie and colleagues. See also blogs:

Living Well in the Digital Age

Since 2012 we have explored, with Nominet Trust and then Age Action Alliance, the importance of digital technology for older people, particularly in relation to personal wellbeing and the challenges of loneliness and social isolation.

During 2015/2016 we worked on the Joined Up Digital Project with the Centre for Ageing Better, bringing together many of our ideas from the past four years. That resulted in:

Blog posts on these developments

Full reports on the explorations.

Latest papers:

Networks and social ecosystems

Mapping and development of networks underpins a lot of our current work on localities as social ecosystems.

Latest papers:

  • Building local communities using maps and apps. Thinking about communities as social ecosystems provides a framework for understanding what makes up a community, and how the use of network mapping and digital apps for organising and communicating can improve the effectiveness of community building.
  • Networks and network mapping The Internet provides the potential for extending and enhancing our personal and professional networks - offering scope for reducing social isolation, building community relationships, and supporting cooperation between and within organisations. However, to realise the potential of networks we need to understand more about their nature, how to analyse, map and build them - whether online or not.

Partnerships and participation

Other sites

Living Lab The Living Lab is an evolving programme of workshops and online social reporting activities, led by David Wilcox and Drew Mackie, to explore how to use digital and other media in different settings - or ecosystems. In practice we often use a fictitious town called Slipham as the setting for the Lab, and then use insights to work “for real” on various projects.

Ageing Better Innovation The original home for an exploration into how innovations, enabled by digital technology, can help support personal well being, and services for ageing better. It builds on an earlier exploration carried out in 2012-13 for the Nominet Trust. The current exploration is being undertaken with the Digital Inclusion Group of the Age Action Alliance.

Living Well and Ageing Better posts, indexed on this wiki Posts from the socialreporter blog

Living Well blog

Socialreporter David Wilcox's blog

Socialreporters Team blog for explorations on behalf of Nominet Trust and Big Lottery Fund


  • David Wilcox david@socialreporter.com
  • Drew Mackie drew@drewmackie.co.uk
  • Development by Daniel J. Wilcox

Content is licensed Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA so you may remix, tweak, and build upon this work non-commercially, as long as you credit us and license any new creations under the identical terms. February 2016

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