This weekend I’m at Social Innovation Camp in Glasgow (actual Scotland).
I’m working on MyPolice.org – a website where people can tell each other about their experiences of the police. The idea is that public feedback will help the police to give a better service. Although the idea isn’t exactly social innovation (something similar has worked for PatientOpinion and the NHS) it’s still a really nifty idea that’s fairly simple but potentially powerful.
So far we’ve gone nuts with the flipchart, post-its and whiteboard:
The group I’m in totally rocks – no egos and everyone working well together. Yes, really. The team (8 of us) is really strong on the design side, with about 4 service designers in our midst, so the site has been designed and mocked-up already. It’s being coded as I type, though I’m not sure how much we’ll be able to show at tomorrow’s presentation.
The main thing is going to be showing how we’ll work with the police to help them use the site to improve services. No one thinks the police are going to jump at the idea, but maybe we’ll find a few coppers who are willing to give it a try and get involved. If that does happen it will probably at a local level (Police Community Support Officers etc), though we have chatted it through with Nick Keane from the National Police Improvement Agency.
I’ll post here if we win, but even if we don’t I think the idea is still totally viable. Wish us luck!