Getting people together to do good things

Getting people working using #wewillgather

So far, we’ve spent a lot of time focused on the technical and administrative challenges of building something without creating an organisation, and getting it all working using Twitter, too.

But that’s only the first part of the challenge, and is only half of what Nesta and the Office for Civil Society have funded. The next bit is the important bit.

#wewillgather does one thing; it lets you get people together in a certain place, at a certain time, to do good things. When, where and what you do are entirely up to you. It could be five people for beach clean or a litter pick, fifty getting together and redecorating the local community centre, a few meeting up to start a new project, or a thousand for a flash mob to highlight an important issue. If you need any number of people, in one place, at the same time, then #wewillgather will make it easier for you.

While we’re making sure that it’s easy to do that – and it will be so simple, with just one Tweet starting a whole Heath Robinson-esque machine up – it’s easy to forget about the people. They’re us, all of us, and that means #wewillgather needs you. If you could get people together, in one place, what would your Good Thing be?

3 comments on “Getting people working using #wewillgather

  1. ionspace7
    August 2, 2012

    Reblogged this on POSTCARDS from . . . KIRKCALDY and commented:
    Another interesting and potentially powerful urban improvement initiative.

  2. patrickhadfield
    August 2, 2012

    I think this is a great idea. My one question is that if people want to do stuff, what is stopping them? Why does it take a website to coordinate action – aren’t people out there doing stuff anyhow?

    This may well come down to views of community and so on – more thought needed (by me, not you!).

    • danthompson33
      August 2, 2012

      Thanks Patrick. Yes, of course people can start their own things – that’s exactly what #wewillgather is all about. Having been involved in starting things with local communities for over 20 years now, I know how hard it can be to get people together, and how you can easily get caught up in administration rather than getting on with doing things.

      And that’s where #wewillgather comes in; it helps find more people by using social media (rather than a website) and that means you can do, not organise. Look forward to seeing you doing good things when #wewillgather goes live.

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