There is some wonderful hyperlocal stuff going on in the UK. People are up to all sorts of things on the web – from working out what bands are on, when the quiz night is down the pub, rounding up local news, to fighting campaigns on planning decisions, to city-wide discussions or telling people about the jumble sale at the school, or even tackling local corruption and bad governance. The net result is empowered, effective people and local communities that define their place online, know what is going on and have a powerful voice.
Lots of people are coming on board to help out – from folk getting on with it themselves to new start ups, bits of government to big newspaper groups. There are all sorts of approaches – from people out to make a million, to people purely committed to public service, to people doing clever tech things, to people trying to find the future for their media company.
The three of us are involved in very different hyperlocal projects. We are committed to a wonderful diverse hyperlocal future for the UK. We want to make sure the energy created as people jostle for position is positive and collaborative, coming together to meet all our aims and more importantly support the a digital future for all.
So where are we going with this? Well we want to know if hyperlocal people in the UK are up for some sort of ‘UK Hyperlocal Alliance’ (working title) dedicated to a positive future for hyperlocal content in the UK. This isn’t an attempt to form a trade body or a union or a lobby group, just a simple web resource where we can sign up to a simple statement of intent, get in touch with each other and tell our stories.
Let us know by commenting on this post – if we get say 20 people who will go with it, then we shall listen and take things forward. We shall try to keep things free and simple. Look forward to hearing from you.
William Perrin – Talk About Local
Dominic Campbell – FutureGov
Kalvir Sandhu – Hophive