Computing communities

The report's author, William Davies, hopes that new, technology-based tools can assist in rebuilding people's social relationships – with other individuals, with institutions and with governments. The argument seems to be that if we have little trust in one another, we should start trusting technology (1).To coincide with the launch of the report, the Work Continue Reading

Organised defeat?

Clay Shirky, adjunct professor at NYU, in his new book Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations, argues that all this represents the awakening of democracy. People are more able to influence others by overlooking cumbersome official channels that are unrepresentative and out-moded, which worries the establishment – be they political elite, the Continue Reading

Powerful Connections

Coren is not alone in his awakening. In a few weeks Coren amassed over 4,400 followers, but that’s nothing compared to Twitter stalwarts such as actor Stephen Fry with 800,000 followers, or singer Lily Allen with 1.6 million. Even 10 Downing Street has over 1.4 million followers. But Twitter’s meteoric rise is also symbolic. It’s Continue Reading

The Future of Community: Reports of a Death Greatly Exaggerated

Buy on Amazon. Contributing author. ‘The Future of Community is a much need challenge to the complacent and flabby orthodoxies currently dominating the debate. It asks all the right questions. . . . Suggesting compelling answers, this book will lift the communities debate to another level.’ Julian Baggini, philosopher and author of ‘Welcome to Everytown: Continue Reading