Discussions about the role of media in sustainable and participative communities, providing an alternative to mass media. We look at how we build our capabilities to tell our own stories and think about the importance of what we become in producing and sharing our own media content. As we face the challenges of a rapidly decentralising society, in which the creation of social value is spread more widely, we need to prepare for a time when institutions will be less central to public discussion because trust will be circulated and distributed using blockchain technologies and systems. What will this new decentered media environment feel like, and how should we prepare for it?
Decentered Media Podcast 109 - Adapting Business Leadership
In a special addition of the Decentered Media podcast, in association with the University of Leicester Business School, we discussed the changing nature of business leadership during the pandemic. Joining the conversation were Tobias Gould, a Business Innovation Fellow with Leicester Innovation Hub. Dr William Darler, lecturer in marketing with a specialism in data AI for the School of Business. Snahal Patel Director Jack Masters, a knit ware manufacturer in Leicester. And Jigna Varu, Chief Commercial Officer with Microfresh, global brand for freshness within the antimicrobial industry. We discussed how the Small Business Leadership Programme had led to new connections and a greater sense of resilience as businesses were able to repurpose to meet their customers changing requirements.
Decentered Media Podcast 108 - Neil McIntroy and Community Wealth Building
Neil McInroy is the Chief Executive of CLES, the National Organisation for Local Economies. We discussed how community wealth building is an essential part of the state reforms that are needed in the UK. Neil explained how these reforms should be aimed at putting state and economic power back into the control of local citizens. We discussed how important it is to ensure that citizens also have a strong voice in their community, which can ensure that the issues that are of concern to those citizens can be aired, not according to the priorities of the big media corporations, but in a way that suits the needs of people living in neighbourhoods and towns across the whole of the UK. This means ensuring that citizens have ownership of, and access to, media platforms.
Decentered Media Podcast 107 - Growing Social Capital
Social Capital Week takes place annually during the last week of February. It’s a week of activities that aim to bring the concept of Social Capital to life and its relevance to building greater cohesiveness in our communities. This podcast brought together Andy Green, Matt Appleby and Russell Todd to discus how social capital can be used as a guiding concept that informs repurposed expectations of involvement, engagement and opportunities to build investment in the social realm. We discussed the broad principle of social capital, and considered how examples of positive and inclusive social change can be facilitated at both an institutional and social level, while also being relevant and driven by individuals and people acting in their communities.
Grow Social Capital host a discussion form on Slack, and the sign-up for the week of free online activities is via Eventbee.
Decentered Media Podcast 106 - Indigenous Radio
In the fifth session of our World Radio Day Discussions, we were joined by Dr Katie Moylan, of the University of Leicester and Richard Davis from KUYI FM – Hopi Radio, based in Norther Arizona. We discussed how indigenous radio is essential to a sense of belonging that can’t be traded in the marketplace, and which can keep us connected with our deep-rooted cultural traditions and identity. Richard’s call that we should reclaim the airwaves was a positive note to mark the end of an invigorating day of talking, sharing and thinking.
Decentered Media Podcast 105 - Community Radio and Public Engagement
The fourth conversation that we had today, as part of our World Radio Day discussions, brought together Dr Kate Baker, of Agile Rabbit & University of Exeter, with Premal Bhatt of Phonic FM, Vanessa Boon of Derby Sound Community Radio. We discussed the importance of public engagement and communications approaches that are inclusive and participatory, and how each person’s experience has shaped their passion for helping people in their communities to talk and interact with one another in a more engaging and inclusive way.
Decentered Media Podcast 104 - Creative Community Radio
The third discussion today as part of our World Radio Day conversations, was with Lucinda Guy, of Soundart Radio and Marla King who makes the A Little Bit of Lagom Podcast. We chatted about the needs to shift our perspectives and move away from the standard model of radio, and to open some space for thinking that reshapes and repurposes the topics that we discuss, the way that we discuss them, and how we expect people who listen to our audio content to help us think and deal with our challenges more dynamically. Lucinda shared her experience of setting up Skylark Radio.