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 +# Mediablends store
  
 +Current and past work by David Wilcox, Drew Mackie and colleagues. See also blogs:
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 +* [Mediablends blog](http://​mediablends.com)
 +* [Socialreporter blog](http://​socialreporter.com)
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 +### Living Well in the Digital Age
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 +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.
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 +During 2015/2016 we worked on the [Joined Up Digital Project](http://​www.joinedup.digital) with the [Centre for Ageing Better](https://​www.ageing-better.org.uk),​ bringing together many of our ideas from the past four years. That resulted in:
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 +* [A major simulation](http://​www.joinedup.digital/#​!output-from-may-event-morning/​f5v43),​ hosted by the Centre, at which 50 people from the ageing field played through how digital tech and network thinking could benefit older people, represented by six personas.
 +* [Proposals for a local prototype with the Age of No Retirement](livingwell/​netcoop30916) developed an #​agedoesnotmatter Festival workshop ​
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 +[Blog posts on these developments](/​livingwell/​lwposts)
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 +[Full reports on the explorations](/​livingwell/​index).
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 +Latest papers:
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 +* [Creating a Kit, Living Labs and Connectors](/​livingwell/​model) We aim to develop a kit, and testbed local Labs, to blend digital technology with traditional methods for community development and Living Well.
 +* [Practical ideas for making sense of technology for Care, Ageing Better and Living Well](/​livingwell/​makingsense). Local councils and partnerships will increasingly be faced with the challenge of deciding what technology solutions to develop and promote for care, health and wellbeing in their community.
 +* [Why Ageing Better funders and policy makers should embrace digital technology - some resources](/​livingwell/​whytech) Digital technology is increasingly important for Living Well in the Digital Age. Here's suggestions on why funders and policy makers should review existing resources.
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 +### Networks and social ecosystems
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 +Mapping and development of networks underpins a lot of our current work on localities as social ecosystems.
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 +* [Index of section](/​networks/​index)
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 +Latest papers:
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 +* [Building local communities using maps and apps](/​networks/​ecosys). 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](/​networks/​netspaper) 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.
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 +###​Partnerships and participation
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 +We have archived earlier sites that includes guides to community participation,​ partnerships,​ and networking
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 +* [Index of section](/​partnerships/​index)
 +* [Guides to creating partnerships - 1990s](/​partnerships/​azp/​part)
 +* [Guide to Development Trusts and Partnerships 1998](/​partnerships/​pguide/​index)
 +* [Guide to Effective participation 1994](/​partnerships/​guide/​index)
 +* [A 2006 non-tech guide to networking](/​networks/​networkingguide)
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 +###Other sites
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 +[Living Lab](https://​sites.google.com/​a/​mediablends.org/​livinglab/​)
 +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.
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 +[Ageing Better Innovation](https://​sites.google.com/​a/​mediablends.org/​ageing-better/​)
 +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](http://​dtlater.wikispaces.com/​). The current exploration is being undertaken with the Digital Inclusion Group of the Age Action Alliance.
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 +[Living Well and Ageing Better posts, indexed on this wiki](/​livingwell/​index)
 +Posts from the socialreporter blog
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 +[Living Well blog](http://​mediablends.com)
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 +[Socialreporter](http://​socialreporter.com)
 +David Wilcox'​s blog
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 +[Socialreporters](http://​socialreporters.net)
 +Team blog for explorations on behalf of Nominet Trust and Big Lottery Fund
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 +* David Wilcox david@socialreporter.com
 +* Drew Mackie drew@drewmackie.co.uk
 +* Development by Daniel J. Wilcox
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 +Content is licensed [Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA](https://​creativecommons.org/​licenses/​by-nc-sa/​4.0/​) 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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