Last year I was fortunate to be invited to speak at the Nlab Social Networking Conference at De Montfort University in Leicester, UK. The day focused on discussing the implications of Web 2.0 tools and applications and social networking for small business. It was a great event, in part due to the wonderful hospitality of the folks at the University and the Institute of Creative Technologies, but also because we tried to bridge big ideas and concepts with the practical challenges of managing small business.
This year, my colleague Sue Thomas, Professor at DeMotfort University, invited me to prepare a short video for their NLab event, Amplified Individuals and Business Resilience. I was sorry not to be there, but at least I got to share some ideas, via video, of the opportunities for using participatory digital media to infuse communities and business with resilience – the capacity to reorganize and recover from crisis – to meet the challenges of a complex and uncertain world.
Here is a link to a page with the video and other audio clips from participants in the seminar.
What is most inspiring to me about this topic is the opportunity for local organizations to gain a bit more agency, in the creation of information and the discussion around that information, in the ability to create more transparency in local processes and decisions, and in the ability to create, share, and direct resources.