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Date: Thu, 6 Oct 2005 11:26:15 +0100
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Technology and Social Action: Challenges for the 21st Century


British Computer Society
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street 
Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HA

10.00 - 16.30, Thursday 3rd November 2005


Information & Communications Technologies (ICT) are having a profound impact on social action and the work of organisations in
civil society. 
Design thinking and skills are critical for innovation and dynamism in social movements, community groups and voluntary
This meeting is the culmination of a one year project exploring technology, design and social action. The meeting will report on
initial findings, describe current activities and discuss an agenda for future research. 

We will discuss: 
* Innovative applications of ICT in civil society 
* Lessons learned from practice on the ground 
* Key concerns highligted by experts in the field 

Participants will have a chance to: 
* Influence directions for future research and practice 
* Network with practitioners, activists and researchers exploring technology and social action 
* Join in planning future activities 


Bill Thompson: Technology Critic and Essayist 
Andy Dearden (Sheffield Hallam University), Steve Walker (Leeds Metropolitan University) & Leon Watts (University of Bath):
Technology and Social Action Research cluster co-ordinators 


Thursday, November 3rd, 10am - 4.30pm 


British Computer Society 
Davidson Building, 5 Southampton Street London WC2E 7HA 


Participation is free, but entrance is by ticket only. To obtain a ticket, please send your name and contact details to Paul
Manning. Email: p.manning at 

Who are we?
Technology and Social Action is a network of practitioners, researchers and activists exploring relations between Information and
Communication Technologies (ICT) and Social Action concerns. We are promoting research into: 
1. Ways that social action organisations can and do use ICT to further their goals 
2. Better design of ICT to meet the needs of social action groups 
3. Improving the design capability of social action organisations to promote innovation and improvement 
4. The emerging concerns of social action organisations with current trends in ICT design 
Technology and Social Action is supported by the Arts & Humanities Research Council, and the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council as part of their 'Design for the 21st Century' programme. 
For more details visit 
We acknowledge the kind support of the British Computer Society and the British HCI Group in sponsoring this meeting. This meeting
forms part of our contribution to World Usability Day, 3rd November 2005. 


Please feel free to forward this message to anyone you think might be interested.

Andy Dearden
Communications & Computing Research Centre
Harmer Building
Sheffield Hallam University
S1 1WB

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Tel: 0114 225 2916
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