NANM Newswire
Welcome to the first NANM Newswire of 2013.

The loose theme of this issue is social media and neighbourhoods. As part of our work with Big Local, NANM has been supporting an action learning set of residents who have taken on responsibility for creating an online presence in their Big Local area, e.g. through a website, Facebook page or Twitter account. One of the things that is clear from this group is that it is becoming the norm for community groups to have a Facebook page - because they know Facebook is used by many people in their community. For example, from the action learning group, have a look at Warwick Ahead, Slade Green and Leeming Rd/Ayecliffe Rd

Whilst it is tempting to view social media as simply another tool to enable us do what we did before only on a bigger scale or more efficiently, as Karl Wilding points out in his blog post about MOOCs (massive open online course), social media has already shown itself to be a disruptive force in a number of industries; bringing opportunities - or the necessity - to do things different. What impact is it having on neighbourhood working? Nick Barlow has some interesting reflections about what greater use of social media might mean for the way councillors communicate, prompted by the first ever CouncillorCamp in London. Anyway, these are questions we are bound to revisit.

Closer to home we have started to give the NANM web site a spring clean. Initially by moving a few bits around. But we will continue to review and renew content throughout the Spring. So please do let us know what features you would like to see added or developed in the site. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to respond, but we will try.

The NANM Team

Local news

Liverpool community bakery smashes crowdfunding target

A short video from Bay TV Liverpool about how a group of Anfield and Breckfield residents ran a successful crowd-funding campaign to raise the £13,000 needed for a new oven for their Homebaked community bakery - reaching their target 18 days ahead the deadline!

Tibberton village owned store boosts community spirit

Volunteers responsible for a community-run store have celebrated its first year, saying it has revitalised the village. "That was one of the most important things for us, that it would have a social benefit," volunteer Geraldine Stokes-Harrison said. Until the community-owned store opened in December 2011, people in Tibberton, Shropshire, faced a 10-mile round trip to Newport.

The Glasshouse Debate is in Liverpool on 5 February
The theme of The Glass-House Debate Series this year is Putting People in their Place. The debates, organised in partnership with The Academy of Urbanism, are being held in four UK cites between October 2012 and March 2013, exploring the relationship between people, place and value from different perspectives.

National news

Next release of 2011 Census statistics
In two weeks time the Office for National Statistics will release the next phase of the second round of the 2011 Census data. The reason for highlighting this one, for the data geeks amongst us, is that it will include information at ward, parish and parliamentary constituency level.

Communities to receive cash boost for development
The Government has announced new cash incentives for communities to encourage house-building. Neighbourhoods that take a proactive approach by drawing up a neighbourhood development plan, and securing the consent of local people in a referendum, will receive 25% of the revenues from the Community Infrastructure Levy arising from the development that they choose to accept. Here is coverage by Inside Housing of the announcement

Web miscellany

Why social media is really revolutionary
Blog by Ryan Holmes, CEO of Hootsuite, reflects on the role that social media played in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

How the web is disrupting yet another industry and what it means for your charity

If you have not heard about MOOCs (massive open online courses) Karl Wilding's post will enlighten you, as he ponders what they might mean for charities.

Councillor Camp 2013 (#cllrcamp)
Councillor Nick Barlow reflects on the first ever Councillor Camp, held in London last weekend. It was organised by LGIU and Futuregov and was an opportunity for councillors to explore how they could make better use of social media in carrying out their roles.

NANM web site - Links directory - Social media
Over the last month we have quietly been building up a list of useful links on the NANM web site. Here is a link to the section with social media related links. Are we missing any?

Capital Growth - Target achieved
The Mayor of London announced that the ambitious target to deliver 2012 Capital Growth spaces has been reached, following a four-year scheme to turn disused plots of land into community spaces. Nearly 100,000 green fingered Londoners have rolled up their sleeves to deliver this leafy Olympic legacy turning the equivalent of 69 Wembly football pitches into spaces brimming with fruit and veg.

Decade of destitution?
Julia Unwin, CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust, reflects on 2012 and looks forward to work planned for 2013, including the launch of a housing and poverty programme and work with partners to develop anti-poverty strategies for each of the UK nations.