Meet us in Birmingham

Old Contemptibles by Andy Howell17th December is the date to mark in your diaries if you’re local to Brum – that’s when we’ll be in the pub. Come along  for drinks and a chat.

When: 6pm onwards, Tues 17th December
Where:  The Old Contemptibles on Edmund Street B3 2HB. Map
How: Add your name to our Lanyrd page to let us know you’re coming.
Who: Anyone who fancies it.
Hashtag: #mysocial

Not sure how long it would take you to get there? Take a look at our handy public transport times map.

NB: Look out for the mySociety hoodie (they look like this, only usually with a person inside). Watch our Twitter stream on @mySociety to check for last minute advice about where we are sitting or if we have moved venues for unforseen reasons.

Photo by Andy Howell (CC)


  1. I can’t make this one I’m afraid. One report noted that may be of interest in the Journal:

    On Tyneside, The Centre for Doctoral Training in Digital Civics will be set up, linking digital technology to the design of local government services in Newcastle Gateshead and Northumberland.

    Professors Patrick Olivier and Peter Wright will train more than 60 PhD students over nine years, and the team will explore how digital technologies can promote participation and shape council services.

    Professor Olivier, of the university’s Culture Lab, said: “The technological advances we have all witnessed in the last 20 years mean that new grassroots models of service provision and government are now genuinely possible and the goal of the centre will be to train a generation of researchers capable of realising these.”

    Professor Wright said: “One of the biggest challenges for Digital Civics is that it needs researchers that are not just technologists, but also experts in areas such as health, politics, planning and education.

    “This will require researchers who understand the potential and the limitations of digital technologies, but who also know how to engage with communities to innovate in the design of new services that really meet their needs.”

    Leader of Newcastle City Council Nick Forbes said: “This leading centre will help create the jobs of the future which is exactly what we need, and anything that enhances public services and improves quality of life for residents is a good thing for the city and the region.”