The wider aim of such projects is to support the development of an innovative nation of network localities, or well-connected local "villages" - to more effectively meet unprecedented economic, socio-cultural and ecological challenges and identify new opportunities.
In my work (academic and community) I’ve felt increasing disquiet about the number of times I’ve heard people call for a leader – someone who can take charge, someone who “we” can follow, someone will lead us from the wilderness, from the uncertainty, someone who will know what to do, and who will act in our interests …
Guest Blogger John Gallagher writes: Where other, larger countries are willing to relate to us, it will be on their terms rather than our own. We are the only ones who can look, primarily, after our own interests and concerns, or, indeed, our very independence.
Beginning in 1992 with a local, desktop-published news magazine and culminating in 2000 with a local, participatory community web project, these communication-based projects helped to turn a fragmented suburb into a networked locality. What do I mean by a networked locality?