David Wilcox

David Wilcox specialises in the development of innovative models for engagement and collaboration, and the communication systems to support them. He has 30 years experience in the development and support of cross-sector partnerships, and communitybased initiatives to deliver regeneration projects. This includes pioneering work on community development trusts and enterprise centres, establishing national support programmes, and more recently the use of social media for knowledge-sharing and collaboration. In 1996 David helped develop UK Communities Online, a pioneering network for early initiatives to promote local online networks, centres and projects for digital inclusion. Funders and sponsors included the Department for Trade and Industry, BT, IBM and Marconi. He is now practising and promoting the role of the “social reporter” - someone who combines the best of journalism with facilitation and the use of social media. At events this involves blending the use of video and other digital tools with facilitation processes, to create both a record of the event and enhance the experience of the event for participants. He writes about this at http://socialreporter.com. David is co-author of a handbook on social technology for social innovation, produced for NESTA - the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts - and due for publication in May 2009. Other recent projects involve social reporting for the Innovation Exchange and the London Chain Reaction event in November 2008, and for a European Community of Practice on social innovation. David spent the first 12 years of his working life as a journalist, mainly with the London Evening Standard, writing on housing, planning, transport and property. During the 1980s and 1990s David worked as a regeneration consultant, and helped set up some 20 local partnership organisations in England and Scotland, and establish national support programmes for community-based regeneration, including working with the Groundwork Trust network. In the early 1990s David concentrated on distilling models of good practice for nonprofit organisations, and writing publications including the Guide to Effective Participation and the Guide to Development Trusts and Partnerships. He and Drew Mackie have developed games, simulations and other innovative workshop methods to facilitate partnership working, and to help people understand the potential of new technologies. David and colleagues have used these games in Australia, New Zealand, the US, Spain and Russia.

Over the past ten years David has worked extensively in new media to provide online collaboration system for partnerships and networks. He and colleague Terry Grunwald designed and developed the community channel for Learning and Teaching Scotland, providing ICT advice to community groups. David has written a guide to the ways in which social landlords can use new technologies to improve their services. David managed online systems for the recent 2gether08 Digital Festival in London, sponsored by Channel 4: http://2gether08.com. He is a founder member of OpenRSA, which aims to promote networking among RSA Fellows and others for civic innovation. He is a member of the Government’s Citizen Empowerment Tools sub-programme Board David is the author of the Guide to Effective Participation (1994) the Guide to Development Trusts and Partnerships (1998), and co-author of Making the Net Work for residents and landlords (2002). David Wilcox david@socialreporter.com http://socialreporter.com http://www.designingforcivilsociety.org http://usefulgames.co.uk http://www.makingthenetwork.org/housing/ http://www.partnerships.org.uk http://openrsa.wikispaces.com http://socialbysocial.wikispaces.com (work in progress) Flat 1 43 Bartholomew Close London EC1A 7HN 07970 621696

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