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The Creative Citizen UnboundHow Social Media and DIY Culture Contribute to Democracy, Communities and the Creative Economy$
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Ian Hargreaves and John Hartley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447324942

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447324942.001.0001

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Conversations about co-production

Conversations about co-production

(p.153) Seven Conversations about co-production
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Feedback from the research team’s community partners is noted, reporting in-depth interviews with five key players. An over-arching point is the diversity of circumstance of these community activists. The conversation offers insights into the use of language; the use of non-verbal communication techniques (such as drawing); the value and the limitations of theory; the role of expertise; the importance of thinking through the rhythm of different working circumstances (part time volunteers versus full-time paid researchers); project structure and sustainability beyond the project. In some of the cases, strongly positive results were achieved, such as the collaboratively produced Wards Community Corner planning proposal. Leadership and working styles varied from place to place. Social media proved their value and their limitations. A mix of physical and virtual makes for the most effective communications system.

Keywords:   community, activism, leadership, social media, communications

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