A spot of digital curation…. (new blog)

Taking a leaf out of leading sector bloggers, SSE’s Nick Temple and NCVO’s Karl Wilding, I thought I would flag up some of the things that have caught my eye recently from the twitterverse….that is apparently the art of ‘digital curation’ – or sharing things that have caught my eye in ‘old money’!

Of major interest to me, as anyone who’s had their ear bent over the past couple of years will know, is the urgent need for bank reform. So it’s great to see Walthamstow MP (and former charity sector colleague) Stella Creasy tabling an Early Day Motion and 10 Minute Rule Bill to tackle exorbitant lending and measures to tackle financial exclusion. It’s not too late to tell your MP that you care about this and encourage them to sign the Early Day Motion (EDM 872) – which at the last check 34 MPs have now signed. And those helpful people at They Work For You make it really easy to contact your MP, so what are you waiting for?


John Pierce helpfully pointed out that back in 2005 Lib Dem MPs (now Ministers), Danny Alexander and Ed Davey, as well as Tory Minister Ed Vaizey, all signed an Early Day Motion calling for a ‘ceiling on interest rates’. But one sub-prime financial crisis later, apparently this is no longer something they want to support….go figure! And if you’re not convinced on the need to do something to tackle extortionate lending, then I suggest you read Fair Finance’s Faisel Rahman in the Guardian on why the Spending Review is good news for predatory lenders.


Another person talking eminent sense in the Guardian is uber-activist and author Bob Holman, highlighting how they have been building the Big Society in Easterhouse for over 20 years. This is a must read for anyone unfamiliar with the work of Family Action in Rogerfield and Easterhouse (Fare), or if you just need a bit of inspiration in challenging times.


Recently I’ve been getting interested in the relationship between information, design and the Big Society. Some of the stuff I’ve seen recently has reinforced my view that good design makes a huge difference to power, transparency and social capital and that there really is no excuse (and no place) for poor design. I have to tip my hat to Kai Rudat, Noel Hatch and Fast Co. Design for sharing some fantastic examples of how data can be presented (visualisation) and the application of good design.


Here are a few of my recent favourites:

·        Opening information to transform services presentation – http://slidesha.re/d6VmAS

·        Does Democracy Kill Freedom, When it Comes to Design? Article by the Chief Executive of Continuum Design: http://bit.ly/da326y

·        Just how important are social technologies? The scale of data created every day http://bit.ly/d0R8l5

·        Some of the best examples of how data can be presented nicely and accessibly – http://www.modny73.com/graphics/informative-well-designed-infographics-for-inspiration/


Until next time…



Toby Blume

Chief Executive

Urban Forum


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