March 16, 2015

Walk this May in National Walking Month using Twitter and your own free Stickyworld.


May is National Walking Month in UK, organised by the charity Living Streets. All over the country people will be getting their walking shoes on, for Walk to Work week and Walk to School week. Not only is walking good for you, it's a way for you to take a little more notice of the place you live in and think about how it could be preserved or improved.

So if you're feeling energetic and you are interested in improving your neighbourhood, why not organise a walkabout  with Stickyworld and Twitter. We are offering free portals for a whole year for groups that wants to try out our walkabout method this May.  Read on to learn more and how you can become the local "digital walkabout expert" .

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Published in: News

March 11, 2015

It's National Apprenticeship Week! Could more digital apprentices help with their local community engagement projects?

This week is National Apprenticeship Week in the UK.  In September, Stickyworld hired their first Digital Marketing apprentice - which was me!

It can take a lot of time and focus to manage your communications and use digital tools effectively. Meanwhile, there are 1000's of young people keen to learn and apply new digital communications skills and get a foot on the career ladder.  Who knows, they could even be living down the end of the street from you? Most of them likely haven't considered connecting with your group so maybe there's an opportunity for them to engage in a way that is mutually beneficial, and which might lead to you growing your engagement team with continuous digital engagement going forward? Read on to consider some new ideas for the benefits and methods of resourcing digital engagement for your community group with the help of an apprentice who will work hard to develop their skills every day.

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Published in: How to

February 27, 2015

How to use location settings with Twitter in 6 easy steps.

Twitter provides a great app for anyone wishing to capture a photo and its location. Working with just a small group of people armed with modern smart phones, it is possible to capture an entire local area in map based photos within a couple of hours. If you are thinking about using Twitter in this way, it is however important to recognise that not everyone knows how to tweet with their location settings turned on.

We are lauching our new Twitter walkabout features later this spring, but whether you plan to organise a Twitter Walkabout yourself, or whether you are just interested in how geo-located tweets actually work, this blog takes you through a step-by-step approach for adding a location to a tweet from wherever you post it.

After reading this post you'll know exactly how to do this for yourself and also confident to show others.

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Published in: Software updates, News

February 21, 2015

We're updating Stickyworld to 1.17.

From Monday, we will make an update to all Stickyworld accounts to run on our 1.17 release. There is nothing to do, you should see changes when you next visit your accounts. This release includes an improved design to the public portal page and improvements to the landing page for a room. We've also added a new 'people' page listing the organisers and participants who have joined your room. Read on for an overview of this release.

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Published in: News, Research and practice

February 04, 2015

Crofton and Honor Oak Park Historic Twitter Walkabout

Last Saturday, January 31st, Kay from Mapping Futures organised a local Twitter Walkabout around Crofton and Honor Oak Park, and I went along to give moral and technical support. Read on to learn what I learnt from this event, and how you can organise this activity yourself in your area.

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Published in: Software updates

February 02, 2015

Announcing our latest release, 1.16.

Last month we updated all organisation accounts to use our 1.16 release. This release is packed with many features which we explain below.

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Published in: News

January 05, 2015

So long 2014. Hello 2015.

Happy New Year to all our participants, organisers, customers and supporters alike.

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Published in: News

December 12, 2014

New public voting feature tested for Central Ealing Neighbourhood Forum

Recently we have been developing some new features which can help organisations set up competitions and engage their audiences in voting for their favourite ideas or design submissions. This can work for a wide range of engagement projects,including for neighbourhood planning engagement, where it is first being tested in Central Ealing.

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Published in: Research and practice

September 20, 2014

Planning on the Roof success - try it for yourself !

As you may know the Stickyworld team and Planning in the Pub got together last Sunday to create a Planning on the Roof Party as part of our ongoing Neighbourhood Stickers research funded by Nominet Trust. We are developing the idea of "Twitter Walkabouts" as a new method for engagement professionals to engage more young people in planning discussions. We've spotted this is also a great way to make the use of Stickyworld even more sociable, exciting and interactive and invites participants to engage in creating content together with organisers. This blog gives a run down of the day, and if you are thinking about running your own Twitter Walkabout,get in touch - it's completely free to try out.

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Published in: News, Research and practice

September 12, 2014

"Talking the walk" - guest post by Liane Hartley

This blog post is by Liane Hartley of MendLondon. Liane runs Urbanistas, co organises Planning in the Pub, and is working with us on the Neighbourhood Stickers project.

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