The Social Innovation Camp organisers have now announced the six projects that will be developed collaborative April 4-6. Is that where the buzz will be about social media in UK nonprofits? And if so, what happens after the camp? First, here's the projects:
- Barcode Wikipedia
- Enabled by Design
- Personal development reports
- Prison visits
- Rate My CV
All very promising, but just as interesting are some of the other ideas mentioned in their post, and the notion of the Camp as a way of catalysing continuing innovation:
We had lots of suggestions for ways to better map and coordinate the voluntary and charity sector online which would tackle some of the big problems that existing organizations face: overlapping purpose; incomplete knowledge of others in the field; identification of sources of social need; lack of transparency and so forth. There were a number of suggestions for social networking for social organizations and web 2.0 tool kits. Some nice examples include Arjen Mulder’s COOpen.net, a social networking platform for international development organizations, and Andy Gibson’s Partner Up, which is designed to encourage the sharing of best practice and collaboration to help organizations get far more done with fewer resources. David Munir Nabti, Jessica Dheere, Patricia Nabti and Hala Makarem submitted a similar idea tailored specifically for the Lebanese third sector.
Camp organisers ( Paul Miller, Dan McQuillan and Christian Albert) say:
We’re hoping that many of the ideas which have come to the surface through this process will be given a home elsewhere. Even if we weren’t able to develop your idea further, please feel free to keep using our website to continue to discuss them. And if the event in April is successful, why not borrow our format, learn from our mistakes and set up your own Social Innovation Camp?Now I guess we'll need some camp follower tracking to keep in touch. The Social Innovation Camp is in some ways an alternative to the idea for a UK Netsquared initiative discussed at the Newman Arms last year. Some people wanted to focus on supporting existing nonprofits, other were more in line with Dan McQuillan's assertion that Charities are broken, and the best route forward is through more disruptive innovations. What happens after the Camp? I'm sure, with that number of innovative thinkers in one place, ideas will flow.