Responsible Social Media

Since I started the online course “Mobile Health Without Borders” I have found so many positive and enterprising uses of Social Media.  This image comes from the United Nations Foundation Facebook page today – an event has been running all day giving anyone with an internet connection the chance to have their say on what is important in their communities on the eve of the G8 summit.  The discussion will be made available to the G8 leaders.

I found the United Nations Foundation page form the mHealth Alliance Facebook page – which was linked in another organisation page and all because I was researching prevention of Gestational Diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa and found a link to a global conference “Women Deliver” which received extensive social media coverage.

It is so refreshing to see Facebook being used responsibly after the slating it has taken for the way people used it.

I have been messing with Social Media most of the day – a team workspace; a course workspace; 3D designing which I have pasted into the Project TickTock blog in the secure section ready for a meeting on Thursday; sharing interior design ideas with a  person looking for a room makeover and finally making a new blog for Kirriemuir ahead of our next Community Conference to demonstrate how easily a blog can be printed as a newsletter and incorporate a community calendar – not quite there with the calendar bit but I will keep fiddling until it comes right.

It is not the answer to every communication need and never will be but at least we should attempt to use it positively where we can.

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I have an interest in how interior design and adapting a home to support living independently for longer can be complementary. The blog Life Long Design is part of an holistic plan for establishing a social enterprise which will offer the people of Tayside opportunities to explore Telecare and the wider scope of assistive technologies. Enabling individuals to make more informed and responsible choices in the care and support they need in their independent living. I am also keen to see public transport more widely adopted and sustainable rural bus services in particular supported. The Blog Travels with a Megarider shares my journey to find serenity in my life as I make that transition form employment to social entrepreneur. One of my methods in increasing serenity is to travel as many miles as I can on a fixed price bus ticket and explore my own local places of interest. Places that I used to go past and had never stopped to look at; places of peace and tranquility; places where I have had some wonderful conversations with complete strangers. I would like to share with you a response to when I described that one paragraph in an e-mail made it sound simple: "Believe me, Cathy, it does not sound simple. You are taking on an incredible challenge for all the right reasons. It is ambitious and admirable - the sort of project that can change lives, including yours." He is right it is ambitious but when did we every achieve anything by settling for the status quo and ignoring what doesn't work for people? So I would welcome your company from time to time on this journey either simply as a reader or if you are brave enough adding your own thoughts to the comments as you feel moved.

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