Friday, 26 September 2014

Do you understand your Digital Ecosystem?

The Importance of the Digital Ecosystem

The Digital Ecosystem in the Balanced Value Impact Model (illustrated by Alice Maggs)
An ecosystem is a set of interdependent relationships among the resources, technologies, organisation hosting, creators and consumers. These must be mapped and described to clearly enunciate the ecosystem of the digital resource. Without understanding the digital ecosystem it is hard to contemplate the full capabilities of the digital resource and its relationship to the stakeholders.

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

When we share, do they care? Using Impact Assessment to understand how our digital presence changes lives.

Keynote address for Sharing is Caring, 1st April 2014, Copenhagen, Denmark 

Today I want to ask the question When we share, do they care? In doing so I want to focus upon a core aspect of human nature which is our sense of fairness and how we as people assign and consider values. I believe that understanding values is at the heart of the matter of considering how our digital presence has the power to change lives and life opportunities. It is through the use of impact assessment that we can then seek to understand how we are fostering those changes in our communities.

I will begin by looking briefly at sharing, then in more depth at fairness and values and finally considering how we measure impact using the Balanced Value Impact Model which places considerations of value at its heart.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Remembering Revolutionaries - Mandela, Tutu, Tony Benn and the Women's Library

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The last 2 weeks have been busy with remembering those who have made a revolutionary change to our lives. This post considers the way we remember the lives of Nelson Mandela and Tony Benn, and the revolutionary lives and history of women contained in the Women's Library.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

UK Creative Industries success story in hard economic times

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The UK Department for Culture, Media and Sport released the Creative Industries Economic Estimates today. They show an incredible story of growth and success for the UK Creative Industries compared to the incredibly shallow growth in the rest of the UK economy.
The creative industries reportedly generate £8m per hour for the UK economy and employment within the creative industries increased at more than 10 times the prevailing rate of UK job growth.