I’ve returned from a very busy week talking to people in England, Ireland and Scotland about Amplified events, or participating in same.
On Tuesday last week, Amplified Ireland kicked off with PICamp (Political Innovation Camp), designed to focus on ways and means of enhancing political engagement using digital media as well as direct consultation in the region. While this seems a very specific topic, it was a healthy and progressive means of addressing the issues and ensuring that all participants’ perspectives were being aired. And for the political blog Slugger O’Toole, it was a chance to discover how best to amend their presence to encourage greater participation and problem solving. Steve Lawson did a fantastic job live-blogging and creating audioboos from the event, and I’m hopeful that some of the collective legislation creation instruments and public consultation ideas that were raised can be reviewed and tried elsewhere in the UK.
Congrats to Paul Evans and Mick Fealty for a great Amplified event and I look forward to assisting other Irish Amplified initiatives in future.
I also caught up with some very enthusiastic creatives in Scotland, and I’m hopeful that the first Amplified Scotland event will be in Glasgow in August. The Director and staff at The Lighthouse off Buchanan Street in Glasgow have very kindly indicated they are willing to host the event and a core group of individuals from Common Turf, The Value Innovators, and Mucky Puddle as well as a few others have put up their hands to help mount it. As usual, the details of how to mount an Amplified event are available online, and we promise to live-blog, record audio and/or video and host a virtual room for the event if organisers are interested.
Coming up, Amplified has an event scheduled for the Midlands on 30 June, and we’re also running some Amplified conversation sessions at Reboot Britain (associated with 2gether09) in Greenwich in early July. I’m also hopeful that we can mount an event in Newcastle in August, and an Education Amplified event in August/September as well. Until Amplified is truly a national initiative, it won’t be able to adequately amplify the issues, skills and interests of the entire creative digital community in the UK – and that’s one of our key objectives.
It’s up to us all to facilitate this digital enhancement of the UK. Amplified – a non-profit organisation made up of a collective of creative and digital media professionals – is well-placed make this happen.