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Games to develop online communities

We have a range of card sets that can be useful for groups that are thinking through how to get their organisation or neighbourhood online - or, for example, are rethinking their community web site as part of a wider communications network.
If you are interested in this, I suggest:
* Look at the games page on our other site Making the Net Work
* Read the general games instructions
* See how we used games for digital champions
* Download cards sets from here
... and then choose an appropriate set, or make up your own. Most of the sets are a mix of online activities and other things that you will need to do to get people involved.

You might also take a look at the sustainability game developed to help UK online centre think about how they may fundraise, attract volunteers, trade or get help in kind. The cards have backs with fundinbg ideas (for the UK).
Do email me if you have any queries, suggestions or experience of using the games David Wilcox david@partnerships.org.uk

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Playing games in the sky

Plans for a Skyhouses - very tall residential buildings in London - have produced discussion on the part that electronic communication can play in building social connections, and how we might explore that through games. More here on Kevin Harris' Neighbourhoods blog, and on my Designing for Civil Society blog.

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Sustainability game for online centres

Jane Berry and the team at DirectSupport have developed a sustainability game, based on others we have done, that helps online centres plan their future now that funding from the New Opportunities Fund is coming to an end.
We recently played one version with about 100 people from libraries, colleges and community projects at an event near Bolton organised by Learndirect.
Participants first audited their own experience in different field likes e-learning, e-government and social enterprise support. They then worked in groups to pool that knowledge and use cards with sets of development ideas to develop project plans. The pair on the left are presenting their group's ideas for a 'desktop pub' that would engage people in using digital cameras and other equipment to develop online history and stories about their part of Liverpool.
You can download the materials that we used here. There are Jane Berry's opening presention, facilitator's notes, templates and the four card sets explained in the notes. You'll need the free Acrobat reader for the pdfs.
Presentation - pdf
Facilitation notes - Word
Personal audit template - Word
Group audit template - Word
Project planning template - Word
Download blue cards - pdf
Download yellow cards -pdf
Download red cards - pdf
Download green cards - pdf
Other related DirectSupport materials for mentors and centres available here

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