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Lots of things are happening in Kirklees…

November 12, 2009

Last week Saffron and I visited our Local 2.0 partners, Kirklees Council for the first time. The work being done by the Web Development team there is just superb. It’s a local government version of one of those labs you see in science fiction films (or Gremlins 2 if your on my level) which just produces outstanding ideas, one after another. Their most successful product is Looking Local, which uses digital TV to get agencies communicating with people who don’t have access to the internet. Dozens of councils now use this service. They are also using devices such as the Nintendo Wii to provide telehealth services to people with chronic health conditions.

They are doing loads more as well, which we will talk about as we move forward with Local 2.0. The purpose of the meeting was to look at potential neighbourhoods which we could focus on for our work. We’ve settle on two. Firstly, there is Newsome. According to their local councillor, Andrew Cooper (a representative of the Green Party), Newsome is probably the ‘greenest ward in England’. It’s hard to argue with him. Amongst other things, there are lots of PV panels on households (of all incomes), social housing developments which rank as ‘excellent’ in terms of environmental sustainability, and plans to plant 1000 fruit trees in public space over the next few months.

The second area is Dalton, which is more challenging but the potential for impact seems huge. The area is right at the top of the Index of Multiple Deprivation and has a committed Neighbourhood Management team in place. In Dalton we want to find smarter ways for everyone to communicate with each other.

As usual we’ll update as we go along. In the next few weeks we will be pinning down our ideas into a project plan and will blog about it once it’s agreed.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. November 17, 2009 11:53 am

    Very interested in your work with the local tv concept especially via the different platforms. What made you go with this ?

    • November 20, 2009 6:05 pm

      Hi Carol,

      sorry it took so long to approve your comment, been out of the office all week. Kirklees were doing lots of interesting things around digital media and had a great vision for how they wanted to use social technologies; so their submission to work with us was very strong. The TV stuff is very interesting and no doubt it will be weaved into our work. I am happy to discuss further and will get in touch to arrange a time to chat shortly.

  2. November 17, 2009 11:55 am

    Be interested in discussing further

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