Community web2.0: creative control through hacking


Principal Investigator: Dr Chris Speed (Edinburgh College of Art)
Co-investigators: Dr Martin Phillips, Prof Sharon Baurley
Collaborators: Residents who narrated their stories; Eoghan Howard – guru of Community Activists in Wester Hailes; WHALE Arts Centre; West Edinburgh Time Bank; Prospect Community Housing; Wester Hailes Health Agency; The Dove Centre; Gate 55; Duncan Shingleton; Tales of Things
Duration: From 2010 to 2011

Community Hacking and its follow-on Ladders to the Cloud, are both part of a project that explores whether concepts emerging in relation to the Internet could usefully be applied to understandings of off-line contemporary relations and practices. Based in the Edinburgh suburb of Wester Hailes, the team of academics, community organisations and local activists have been exploring the affordances of social media to construct Œbonds and Œbridges between and across existing people and groups