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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?

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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 121 – Community Development with Peter Westoby

    Decentered Media Podcast 121 – Community Development with Peter Westoby

    Community development isn’t just a technical process of change management, but is something that aims to enrich our lives in more meaningful ways. This episode is a conversation with Peter Westoby about how can we enrich our outlook on community development to gain deeper insights into our meaningful connection with ourselves, our communities, and the world we are part of?

    Peter describes how his “journey of social practice” has been “deeply shaped by three powerful rivers.” The first of which shapes the flow of dialogue, which has informed decades of Peter’s community and social development practice. The second is the examination of the soul, which has taken Peter “into the depths of personal and social worlds, inviting an understanding of the ritual and mythic elements of social change.” The third element is a phenomenological understanding of the “flow” that informs the poetic and delicate activism of being present and ready for new insights into what makes communities work.

    Peter has been a writer or co-writer/editor of 14 books and over 50 professional journal articles on community development. He is currently working on his 15th book titled ‘Understanding Phenomenological Reflective Practice in the Social and Ecological Fields: Three Rivers Flowing’ (Routledge, forthcoming).

    At this present moment Peter is:



    * Director/consultant at Community Praxis Co-op;

    * a P/T practitioner at Hummingbird House;

    * a Custodian of Camellia Centre for Reflective Practice;

    * as Associate of The Proteus Initiative, RSA; and

    * a Visiting Professor, University of the Free State, South Africa.



    Peter studies at the University of Queensland, where he gained his Masters in Community Development and Social Policy, and then his PhD in Political Science – Peace and Conflict studies.

    Peter hosts and facilitates Pete’s Podcast on Community Development.

    https://www.peterwestoby.com/

    @peter_westoby

    Peter Westoby and Gerard Dowling (2014) Theory and Practice of Dialogical Community Development : International Perspectives, Routledge.

    Peter Westoby (2015) Soul, Community and Social Change: Theorising a Soul Perspective on Community Practice, Routledge.

    “At a time when inequalities are growing globally, when the pace of socio-economic transitions is rapid, and when traditional ties of community are under threat of dissolving, ‘soul’ offers a new way of thinking imaginatively about how people might respond both individually and collectively in social change work. In exploring ideas such as soul, soulful, ‘soul of the world’ and soul-force, Peter Westoby invites readers to disrupt their taken-for-granted assumptions about community practice and to foreground ethics, quality, being and the aesthetic. Drawing on work of people such as James Hillman, Thomas Moore and ‘Bifo’ Beradi, he insists on the need to bring more depth into practice, eschewing contemporary trends of soulless analysis, measuring, and technique. Written in dialogue with eight practitioner-scholars from around the world, the book suggests a fresh terrain for community work and social change theorising. Illustrated by images of Australian cartoonist-prophet Michael Leunig, the book also promises to unlock new imaginative spaces for dreaming. A soul perspective will resonate with people searching for both a robust socio-political response to the world and an imaginative, poetic and mindful centring of self, ‘other’ and the planet to their practice.”

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    Decentered Media Podcast 120 - Evaluation of the Community Radio Fund with Andy Parkinson

    Decentered Media Podcast 120 - Evaluation of the Community Radio Fund with Andy Parkinson

    Community Radio in the UK is a distinct platform for community-focussed communication, not just because of the diversity of the stations and programming content that are available, but also because of the way community media is supported financially as a movement within the social economy.

    Speaking with Andy Parkinson, from Wavehill Social and Economic Research, we discussed how the commission for research about the fund came about from DCMS and Ofcom, and what the key lessons are that have been drawn in the recently published report ‘Evaluation of the Community Radio Fund.’

    The Ofcom administered Community Radio Fund was set up in 2005, when community radio was first being launched. Now there are over three hundred licenced community radio stations across the UK who are eligible to apply for support from the Community Radio Fund.

    Andy explains how the CRF has not been fully evaluated since, and we discussed the report’s recommendations that more can be done to capture and explain the social gain delivery of community radio, and the opportunities that the Levelling-Up process can offer for place-based community development, that includes media, in the future.

    • 59 min
    Decentered Media 119 - Renaissance For AM Radio

    Decentered Media 119 - Renaissance For AM Radio

    As we push for more media to be delivered on digital platforms, should we pause and think that we might be giving up on some well-tried and tested legacy media technologies? As Ofcom rolls out Small Scale DAB, it’s not possible to get analogue radio stations licenced, and in the future there may be no opportunities to broadcast for many people around the country. Is this because there is a lack of spectrum, or is it because we’ve pegged our hopes on a technical platform that is suboptimal to our needs, and we’ve believed the hype that making everything digital is the answer?

    I’ve been discussing the challenge of managing radio broadcast services, and the comparative benefits of analogue radio versus digital radio with:

    Sam Hunt of Maxxwave, as broadcast transmission service provider.

    Dr Eric Chowaniets, a broadcast engineer with more than thirty years experience teaching broadcast electronics.

    Rev Jonathan Surridge, an advocate for community radio in Leicester.







    Christer Hederström, a media advisor and journalist in Stokholm.

     

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Decentered Media 118 - Leicester Lo-Fi Exhibition – Celebrating Ten Years of Community Photography

    Decentered Media 118 - Leicester Lo-Fi Exhibition – Celebrating Ten Years of Community Photography

    How does community learning happen, and what do people get out of a more social way of sharing insight and ideas? I chatted with Dan and Dave from Leicester Lo-Fi about the ten-year celebration exhibition taking place at Leicester Contemporary gallery from 4th to 18th December. We chatted about the social learning approach that Leicester Lo-fi has evolved, and the importance of trusting the creative process to express something genuine through photography.



     

    • 51 min
    Decentered Media Podcast 117 - Running the Evington Echo with Helen Pettman

    Decentered Media Podcast 117 - Running the Evington Echo with Helen Pettman

    What are the challenges of running a community newspaper? What’s the best way to keep people informed about what is happening in our neighbourhoods? What are the skills that we need to ensure that we can capture and share stories that are relevant and meaningful, adding to the sense of belonging of our place? The Evington Echo has been around for over forty years, and manages to keep readers informed and up to date on what’s happening in the village of Evington in Leicester. Helen Pettman is the editor of the Evington Echo, and we spent time walking and chatting about what makes a good community newspaper, and the work of the Friends of Evington charity. https://www.evingtonecho.co.uk/

    • 46 min
    John Coster and the Origins of the Community Media Newsroom

    John Coster and the Origins of the Community Media Newsroom

    Through the lockdown, many people have been experiencing the use of teleconferencing for the first time. Zoom, Microsoft Teams and other video platforms, have made it possible to connect people from around the world in conversations that push past the inherited boundaries and expectation that people have had about engaging with media. John Coster has been developing the ‘newsroom’ as a model for online engagement that can facilitate a more inclusive and purposeful approach to discussion about topics of social concern. In this interview, John explains what the origins for the newsroom concept are, and how he’s developed it as part of his work with schools, local authorities and civic society groups and organisations.

    Parallel Lives Network

    Documentary Media Centre

    International Criminal Justice Network

    A Germ’s Journey

    Transcript: John-Coster-Newsroom-Origins-001-2021-06-15

    Citation: Coster, J. (2021, 15th June 2021). John Coster and the Origins of the Community Media Newsroom [Interview]. Decentered Media. https://decentered.co.uk/decentered-media-podcast-117-john-coster-and-the-origins-of-the-community-media-newsroom/

    • 22 min

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