Our workshop about Living Well in the Digital Age, at the Department for Communities and Local Government, which I wrote about here went extremely well.
We had some 40 people, from the Age Action Alliance Digital Inclusion Group, as well as civil servants and others interested in the topic.
In the first part of the workshop William Barker of DCLG presented their Grey Cells model - which I've written about here and here, and invited contributions. Lots of post-it notes generated. We then presented ideas for Living Labs on the lines of the briefing note circulated beforehand.
Our main points were:
In addition, at the workshop Drew Mackie described work with Croydon Voluntary Action, where we are piloting our first Living Lab linked to their work on Asset Based Community Development. We have been working with community builders and connectors to help them add social network mapping to their current asset-mapping work, and also research what tech the builders and connectors can use in their work.
We will review with the Digital Inclusion Group how best to re-form a working group to take forward the ideas for a kit and local Living Labs. We have interest from a potential funder.
Meanwhile we are keen to hear from anyone at the workshop, or who couldn't attend, who might be interesting in joining in further development. Contact details here. I'll update further on this blog.