21st Century Councillor sponsors myPublicServices

21st century councillorWe’re pleased as can be that 21st Century Councillor is very kindly sponsoring a room at myPublicServices. Marvellous!

And, looking at our blur of sticky notes and scribbles, I think there will be a strong current of local democracy and hyperlocal-ness running through the day. Nice!


Shaping the myPublicServices programme

We have now turned our attention to the next major task (apart from raising enough sponsorship!) – to create a programme as impressive and interesting as the attendee list, which by the looks of it is going to be no easy task.

I’ve spent the last few weeks working through all your incredible offers in a small paper vortex in my corner at Patient Opinion HQ and think its time to begin throwing out some ideas on how the day might be shaped. I was lucky enough to meet up with a few conference contributors last week who all had some fantastic ideas about how they thought the conference might shape up.

So, with a little pondering we’ve come up with an initial idea of everyone being able to choose between taking part in a variety of 45 minute sessions or alternatively, being part of a larger 90 minute workshop of sorts. We are hoping to have 5 or 6 running in parallel throughout the day in both the morning and the afternoon in order to have as many people contributing as possible in areas they want to get involved in.

This is, of course, not set in stone- we want this blog to be packed with your suggestions and opinions on how we can make the ideal programme, and ultimately the ideal day- full of different workshops, sessions, sounding boards, debates, cakes and pretty much anything else you can think of!

The buzz that has surrounded the event has been great, and we couldn’t be more excited, but we need to keep our values in focus: bottom-up and participant-led. So stay in touch, get commenting and let us know how you would like the programme to look.

Social reporting at myPublicServices

As you might have gathered by now, we don’t know a whole lot about organising a kick-ass webby conference. Luckily, we know people who know people who do.

Social By SocialOne such is David Wilcox who knows all about social reporting – which is something to do with bottom-up videoing, interviewing, blogging and tweeting before, during and after the event. David knows his stuff and, together with colleague Amy Sample Ward, contributed to the team that brought you Social By Social.

David and Amy have very generously agreed to donate some time (it’s a gift economy remember?) to co-ordinating a team of social reporters before and at the conference. Are we pleased and incredibly grateful? Yes we are.

Who are these social reporters? Well, I might be one. You might be one too. The core competencies are curiosity and an ability to ask a good question and listen to the answer. You might even have a phone that can video, or a Flip camera or similar gizmo that you could bring along. It’s not vital.

David and Amy will get in touch with you if you want to have a go at this, organise who’s doing what on the day, upload stuff to the event blog, and be full of practical advice and guidance. If you want us to put you in touch, let us know.

4ip is supporting myPublicServices

4ip-logo4ip has very generously confirmed it is supporting myPublicServices in November.

Great news! We’re pleased as pleased things to have such prestigious backing, and what’s more, it’s a lunch upgrade for everyone. (We were going to get my mum to make sandwiches. She can relax now.)

What could be better? Well… a few more sponsors, that’s what. Anyone want to sponsor the morning coffee?

Support for myPublicServices

the dextrous web

the dextrous web

The support we’re getting for the myPublicServices event is amazing. Feels like everyone really wants it to happen.

We’ve had a touch of sponsorship already to ease the pain. A couple of the big sponsors we thought might be keen have turned out to be lukewarm. Instead, Harry Metcalfe of the dextrous web has stepped forward with enough dosh for us to book an extra room at the Abbey Centre – which is just what we need, given the number of people and sessions we’re looking at. Thanks Harry!

But don’t think that lets you off the hook! We have a pile of lively ideas that need a bit of sponsoring – or maybe just a bit of help on the day. So do get in touch if you think you can pitch in.

Completely overwhelmed by your generosity

We’d been thinking for a while it would be good to have some kind of get-together for people who are building stuff on the web to improve/extent/support public services.

So over the summer we applied to Sheffield University for an intern under their graduate interns scheme, and were lucky enough to find Lauren, who really understood what we were wanting to do. She found the Abbey Centre, and we booked it – a little anxiously, because we didn’t really know whether more than 10 people would turn up.

And on Monday last, we posted up a page for myPublicServices on eventBrite.

5 days and a few tweets later, and we find ourselves with 87 people registered to attend already. Given our marketing budget of £ zero, there couldn’t be a better example of the power of the web to allow groups of people to come together at low cost.

We’re overwhelmed not just by the interest, but by your support for the event. We decided to make it free, but a gift economy – you have to bring something to give, like some time, knowledge, a talk or (we’re serious) a cake. I wasn’t sure that would really work (another of Paul’s left-field ideas) but it really has – everyone is pitching in with offers of everything from chocolate brownies (yes please) to expert consultancy on financing social enterprises. Extraordinary, and inspiring.

So now we’re sifting through the offers and thinking about how to shape everything in a way that will work on the day. And, given that the whole point of the conference is that things don’t always have to be top-down, we thought it would be good to have a space on the web where we could say what we are thinking, and you could come up with more/better/different ideas.

That’s what this blog is about.