It feels apt to send out our fourth Society in the Loop newsletter on the day DCMS published the new civil society strategy. We started this newsletter and its corresponding event, primarily because we want to play a role in strengthening the social sector. Our main reasons for doing this are twofold: the social sector is at the heart of trying to maintain and continually create a fair and resilient society, it’s also the sector that we believe should be having the biggest say when it comes to directing the impacts of technology on our lives (and on society as a whole).
The new strategy talks about strengthening the sector and we hope that will include supporting and encouraging the sector to not only make better use of digital, but to also foresee, and try to influence, the impacts and consequences of tech.
Some of the people who are exploring the impacts of tech on society are social scientists. And the ‘in conversation’ series we’ve been running in previous editions of the newsletter aims to bring them together to talk and find points of common ground with those working in the social sector.
But we all need to take a break to refresh and rebalance and enjoy the summer. As our CEO, Rachel Colidcutt, puts it: “working at the same pace as tech is changing society is full-on.” For this reason, Doteveryone closes for two weeks every August. This means that we don’t have one of our regular ‘in conversation’ interviews in this edition but that’s not to say they won’t be back. So if you’re in the social sector or you’re studying the impacts of tech please get in touch, I’d love to hear from you!
Finally, all places for our first Society in the Loop event at on 14 September at The Foundry have now been filled. But don’t panic, you’ll still be able to stay in the loop with the event as we’re planning to stream and record the talks and sessions from the day.
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