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  • #4847
    Stefania Aceto
    Keymaster

    Hello all,

    This is the special  forum thread dedicated to 3rd episode of MEDICI WEBINAR which takes place on 7th of May @12CET

    We invite you after the Webinar to post your questions and/or to take the discussion further on digital inclusion of homeless and older people.

     

    #4893
    DIESIS Network
    Participant

    In our 3rd episode following speakers will be joining us:

    #4894
    DIESIS Network
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    David Scurr from Citizens Online:

    David runs the Digital Brighton & Hove partnership, Citizens Online’s flagship Switch project which brings together over 300 organisations from all sectors to create a more digitally confident city. He also leads on our Tech for Good partnership, working with the new UK-wide Catalyst Network which aims to accelerate the use of digital in the voluntary and charity sector.He has over 10 years’ experience developing both local and international cross-sector networks and has recently set up Tech for Good Brighton, one of the UK’s fastest growing Tech for Good community. 

    #4895
    DIESIS Network
    Participant

    Victoria Mandefield from Solinum:

    After volunteering for years with NGOs working with homeless people, Victoria experienced first-hand the challenges of social work, and how little innovation was directed towards the sector. She thus decided to create Solinum, as she finished her engineering degree and went on to get a double degree in business. Now at 25, she has been leading the non-profit for 5 years, and gathered a team of 10 employees and 50 volunteers, working for the inclusion of homeless and people leaving in precarious conditions.”

    #5123
    Stefania Aceto
    Keymaster

    Thanks to David and Victoria, and all participants, for a very exciting and interesting webinar!
    Due to time constraints, we could not manage to have all your questions answered by the speakers, so as announced during the webinar, these will be answered here, in the forum.

    I will start with my own question, to David: Which challenges you faced building your network and community? What are the lessons learnt?

    #5124
    Stefania Aceto
    Keymaster

    And here are some additional questions to David by participants:

    How do you actually measure outcomes? Are you using the DI Outcomes Framework? Or it is more how many people go through your programs and anecdotal evidence? (Peter Reed-Forrester)

    Are the digital champions majority volunteers or in paid employment? (James NCBI Dublin)

    #5506
    David Scurr
    Participant

    Some of the challenges we’ve faced in network-building:
    – Needs common purpose & value, in our case peer support, training and joining up different initiatives with common purpose
    – Maintaining active engagement from local organisations & accepting that a core group will be more active than others, and that others will be there more for the learning/training than the sense of being part of a community
    – Navigating across sectors operating in different contexts and with different work cultures

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