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David Wilcox

How network building and tech can support social action and integration in London - #netwcity event with the Deputy Mayor

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On February 22 we'll have the chance to discuss with London's Deputy Mayor how the Networked City ideas we've developed so far can support his agenda.

As you'll see here Matthew Ryder QC is responsible for Social Integration, Social Mobility and Community Engagement.

He leads the promotion of active citizenship across London and makes sure City Hall uses the best methods for measuring levels of social integration.

You can sign up for the event here

On the day we'll recap on our previous events on January 10 and January 31, with presentations on our Living Lab and the practicalities of blending online and offline methods for network building.

We'll also be looking at how to combine geographic and social network mapping to provide a framework for connecting activists, projects and organisations.

Following group discussions, we'll create a poster gallery for the Deputy Mayor to review and respond to. That will help us shape the next stages of development.

Other events. There are two other interesting and relevant events in the evening of the 22nd, organised by groups who are part of the Networked City exploration.

Globalnet21: Ethics & Politics: Does Culture Lead & Parliament Follow.

Join us at this meeting with the Conway Hall Ethical Society where we discuss whether grass roots cultural change is more effective than change through Parliament in making a difference to our world.

The world is changing so fast that we often wonder if we can have any influence at all. Politicians also face this situation and often feel impotent in the face of global forces. Brexit was partly an expression of this frustration.

So can we effect change through politicians and Parliamentary politics or does real change happen elsewhere?

Living Maps seminar: Greening the Map, by Living Maps

Is green mapping just a means of create interesting data displays for enthusiasts or a real tool to help tackle our unfolding environmental crisis? We have invited two leading environmentalists to debate this question.

Mapping Urban Nature - Matthew Gandy.

Putting a new colour on the map - the development of 'green mapping' - Chris Church.