This week I am attending HouseParty the first ever unofficial housing fringe bringing together grassroots housing and social change-makers to explore, showcase and discuss the latest innovations in UK housing and beyond organised by @HACThousing and @SocialChangeAg. Have a look at the innovative programme and follow #hseparty14 to understand what has inspired @HseParty. My one regret is that the health and social care sectors have not seized this opportunity to engage with housing colleagues in addressing the challenges of community engagement and digital inclusion.
On Wednesday 25th June at 9.30 @PaulBromford, @HelReynolds and I will be contributing to @HseParty by having a very social conversation and we would love you to join us using the hashtag #socialconvo. Helen, Paul and I come from very different backgrounds but we share a belief that being social is about sharing generously, creating relationships and seeking new collaborations.
Our first #socialconvo was held in London where @MarkOneinFour, Paul and I discussed how social media can be used for social good. As Mark so delightfully puts it “how do you move social media from a broadcasting medium to a space where relationships grow and where, sometimes, magic things happen?”
I have long been a fan of Erik Qualmann and his powerful and very popular videos which provides statistics about the global influence of social media. As Erik says “it is not a question now about whether you should be involved in social media but how well you do it”
It was great to see Erik respond on Twitter to Paul’s comment that “the @equalman clip turns as many CEOs off as it excites”
Just in case you have not seen the latest Socialnomics video!
Helen, Paul and I hope you will join us on Wednesday 25th June at 9.30 to explore “How social is your organisation and what investment do you need to make to become an influencer in the increasingly crowded social space?” We welcome your thoughts, comments and questions via #socialconvo!
If you would like to explore the benefits of having a social conversation in your organisation do get in touch!