Don't deliver: Empower!
Do public services need to be 'delivered'?
Or can social media empower the public to create their own services?
I run YoungDads.TV (a project to support young fathers in the UK) on behalf of Media for Development.
We use Facebook & Google Docs to help groups of young dads to form their own groups. We fund their travel costs (the biggest barrier to their engagement with activities) and help them to establish a presence online (including films that they make themselves).
Fathers then organise meetings in the 'real-world' through Facebook and contact details that they store in a Spreadsheet on Google Docs. They interface with 'official' services whenever they need them.
Importantly, the fathers learn important skills and offer peer support to one another.
What do you think about this approach? Are you doing something similar? We'd like to connect with (and learn from) others within Europe.
To see an example group, look at Lambeth Dads:
The main YoungDads.TV project page is here:
Media for Development can be found here: