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 +# Theme 4
 +
 +### Better sharing of knowledge, experience and resources could foster innovation
 +
 +There are many research reports, lots of great examples of the use of
 +digital technologies to support people later in life, and plenty of
 +ideas for development. But you can only find them if you know where to
 +look. We came upon relatively few ways in which people in the field were
 +systematically sharing experience outside London-based events.
 +
 +For anyone themselves trying to adopt digital technology later in life -
 +or help someone else - there is little relevant help, unless they can
 +attend a course or other session, and that may not offer follow-through
 +support. Guides and toolkits may not be updated after initial
 +time-limited funding.
 +
 +This means that research continues to confirm earlier findings and
 +conclusions;​ projects re-invent the wheel; funders dont know where to
 +focus, and technology users and helpers are baffled. Some of this is
 +important in development phases: research confirming, and giving greater
 +validity to earlier conclusions;​ locally owned and delivered projects
 +seemingly re-invent from a national scale, but are built on local
 +ownership and enthusiasm. However this is not the only process for
 +creating disciplined innovation.
 +
 +Innovation can arise from joining up as well as inventing, which
 +suggests we need convening for collaboration,​ as well as competition for
 +challenge funding. The Nominet Trust and other agencies run networking
 +events, and there is scope to build on that activity.
 +
 +The main recommendation in the Nominet Trust paper by Shirley Ayres Can
 +online innovations enhance social care? is for a knowledge hub:
 +
 +-   There is a need to explore the potential for developing a Community
 +    Wellbeing and Social Technology Innovation Hub which brings together
 +    all the organisations funding, researching and promoting digital
 +    technology innovations and pilots across the wider care sector. This
 +    could be an independent organisation or a new remit that falls to an
 +    existing one, however it could also be developed from the ground
 +    up in a way that takes advantage of the very technology that it
 +    reports on. By supporting practitioners,​ researchers,​ funders and
 +    policy makers to share resources in ways that makes them highly
 +    discoverable,​ we could begin, now, to create this useful hub of
 +    knowledge.
 +
 +We followed up with a blog post linking this to the idea of developing
 +social ecologies of conversations and connections,​ promoted by Steve
 +Dale, one of the dtlater team.
 +
 +The Age Action Alliance digital inclusion group (AAA DIG) is now mapping
 +the activities and resources of their members, and recommending members
 +to join the discussion we are running on the Social Learning Network.
 +Well be exploring the idea of a knowledge hub in more detail there.
 +
 +The diversity of application and value of digital technology in later
 +life, reflected in our provocations and the related references,
 +highlights how wide-ranging activity and interests are in this field.
 +
 +\
 + ​[Reference for this theme on Storify - and embedded
 +below](http://​storify.com/​dtlater/​t4-better-knowledge-sharing-for-innovation)\
 + [View the story “T4 Better knowledge sharing for innovation” on
 +Storify](http://​storify.com/​dtlater/​t4-better-knowledge-sharing-for-innovation)
  
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