Why enabling wider collaboration between all stakeholders will be key to building a successful #Smartcity

In cities across the globe lots of smart people are working on defining, designing and implementing the next new ideas for Smart cities. But these projects are just the beginning of a step change in how our cities will evolve and better serve their citizens. Rome famously wasn’t built in a day. Our future Smart cities will take years of hard work by thousands of individuals and organisations all working well together to implement change.

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Topics: Smart Cities, Collaboration, Stakeholder communications

Why we need to encourage more #citizenengagement with #Smartcities

Recent research by Arqiva and YouGov found that 96% of respondents, selected from the British population, were unaware of any Smart city projects run by their local councils. According to Arqiva, nearly a quarter of those taking part in the poll were also unclear about any one main benefit of these initiatives.

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Topics: Citizen engagement

How to make a great welcome video: 10 Top Tips on video presence


Do you prefer being behind the camera instead of infront of it? Probably because you feel uncomfortable and awkward speaking on camera. Or possibly you just simply don't like the way you look on screen!  Stickyworld now offers native video support so there's no excuses for not welcoming your visitors and inviting them to get involved with a friendly informative video. These top tips explain how to present yourself and calm your nerves infront the camera. Read on and you'll be looking like a natural in no time.

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Topics: How to, Software updates, video

Industry agreement that citizen engagement is a key priority for #SMARTCITIES 

Citizen engagement is increasingly being recognised as one of the pivotal activities to get right for Smart cities projects to take off. The Smart Cities Council reports that there was agreement across industry experts talking at last week’s Smart Cities Week in Washington D.C. of the need to ‘talk more and listen more’ to citizens. 

According to the Council, IBM highlights that “until citizens understand the value of the solution…they won’t embrace it”, and Siemens, “we need to be more intune with their [citizen’s] needs.” There was also a really interesting comment from a strategy leader at Leidos, an engineering company, that a Smart city happens in “incremental steps”, accentuating the need for ongoing two-way conversations.

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Promoting your online planning consultation. Here's five methods.

Gone are the days when it was acceptable to simply organise a couple of planning exhibitions and expect everyone interested to turn up to fill in a survey to show you have consulted. Like 'tick the box', but literally. Now people are turning more and more to online consultation and engagement solutions, it’s important to develop a plan of how to promote.

In this first post on promotion tactics, I'll outline a range of steps that every consultation organiser should consider when promoting an online consultation with 5 tactics that we advise our customers to consider when using Stickyworld, but which should apply to many other platforms too, the principles are the same.

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Topics: How to

Prince's Trust #GETHIRED for Startups 

Last Tuesday 15th September, I attended a 'Get Hired' event at The Prince's Trust. Before the event, I attended a session that MassChallenge had organised with the Trust. Here I learnt what great opportunities The Prince's Trust gives to hundreds of young people looking for jobs, internships, apprenticeships and even just work experience. For any startup with a lot going on and only a few pairs of hands, their programmes provide a brilliant opportunity to get the help of talented young people, without burning a hole in your pocket!

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Topics: News

How to edit the location of tweets and comments in 5 easy steps!

If you have recently organised a twitter walkabout you may have noticed that some of your tweets are not showing up in the right place on your map page. It may be because the author of the tweet hasn't enabled the precise locations settings on Twitter. Twitter have recently introduced 'precise location' as a new feature,  and this must be enabled when your participants are creating tweets.  I explained  how to set location settings in Twitter  in a previous post and I've now updated this. Make sure to let your participants know at the start of any walkabout and test out your tweets.

But say you do have a lot of tweets mapped in Stickyworld but you now find they are not in the right place, don't worry as you can now edit the location of your tweet. In fact, as an organiser you can now edit or add the location of any comment if you know what it is in 5 easy steps. Read on to learn how.  

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Topics: How to

How to create and upload your own welcome video

Some organisers like to make a short welcome video for their projects. These can be helpful in giving more information or instructions to your participants.

Stickyworld is able to reference YouTube videos, including unlisted videos. This has proved a quick and easy method for serving a clear and engaging video, helping your participants understand the key reasons for them to participate in your project.

This step by step guide will give you a clearer understanding of how it's done.


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Topics: How to

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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Topics: News, Research and practice, Walkabouts