I know some of my blog posts are a bit silly or obscure but - if even if I say it myself - this one is worth reading ...
In the next few weeks, the RSA will be publishing two reports: a first year conclusion of our Connected Communities project and an RSA pamphlet on social networks and public policy by the distinguished economist, Paul Ormerod.
I have read both reports in draft. They are fascinating and make an important contribution to the Big Society debate. Two general points stand out:
Together, these findings suggest a major shift in the methodology of public policy. Traditional policy interventions - particularly in relation to social problems - have these characteristics:
But these design features do not fit the characteristics of social networks interventions, which are:
An emphasis on social networks changes not just the focus and design of public policy, but the whole way we think about success and failure.