The Big Society Advances in Social Media

The Big Society website features a Blog and a link to the Big Society Twitter Account. There is also a Facebook page here. There are over 9000 followers on the Twitter account at the time of writing as well as over 600 tweets and so this has been an effective medium in the campaign. Twitter is very easy to use and is also very flexible. As a result it is very easy to get an understanding of the message that is being communicated by scrolling through the tweets and clicking through to the links. The tweets link to competition news, organisations that assist with fundraising, Big Society events and media items. The tweets also give an impression of the personality of the people behind the campaign. On the blog, Lord Wei writes about why he joined the Big Society Network and he is now advising the Community Foundation Network. There is another interesting post on a Green Paper for commissioning which also appears to be an important part of the Big Society structure. The reader is introduced to the Nexters in this post. The Nexters are social entrepreuners who facilitate community engagement through innovative service development. Contributing to the Big Society there is also political philosophy in the form of ‘The Politics of Optimism’ (which can be downloaded here). It will be interesting to see if the website mirrors the development of the Big Society with links to other areas of relevance on the web. There is a lot of material here and although the Big Society appears to be taking shape elsewhere in subtle forms (see Appendix), there is a sense that the Big Society concepts are supported by a structure composed  of several sophisticated networks. Theory and practical implementation in the form of networks will be an important part of the Big Society. However it will now be interesting to see how society responds, how the sense of ownership develops and how and where the learning process occurs in society.


The Big Society and Mental Health. Part 1.

The Big Society and Mental Health. Part 2.

The Health and Social Care Bill – The Big Society Connection

An index of the site can be found here. The page contains links to all of the articles in the blog in chronological order. Twitter: You can follow ‘The Amazing World of Psychiatry’ Twitter by clicking on this link. Podcast: You can listen to this post on Odiogo by clicking on this link (there may be a small delay between publishing of the blog article and the availability of the podcast). It is available for a limited period. TAWOP Channel: You can follow the TAWOP Channel on YouTube by clicking on this link. Responses: If you have any comments, you can leave them below or alternatively e-mail Disclaimer: The comments made here represent the opinions of the author and do not represent the profession or any body/organisation. The comments made here are not meant as a source of medical advice and those seeking medical advice are advised to consult with their own doctor. The author is not responsible for the contents of any external sites that are linked to in this blog.



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