Social networking below the radar: social media or action media?

As the focus on localism and community increases, but funding is reduced, how can community groups and activists achieve their aims?

This ongoing project by TSRC and Barrow Cadbury Trust explored how ‘below the radar’ community activity can maximise its impact. It began with an event on 8 July 2011, and continued with online discussions and a final event in April 2012.

All discussions, plus comments, videos, pictures and resources can be found on the Beyond the Radar micro-site

The project has been informed by ongoing TSRC research into below the radar activity .

Twitter: #btr11


Event report, July 2011: Beyond the radar, Love Passion and Fun (pdf, 1.1MB)

Discussions and events: 

Twitter chat, Wednesday 18th April: 
how is social media used for knowledge exchange between academics and communities?

Social networking below the radar: social media or action media? 4 April 2012

Held in partnership with Globalnet21 and hosted by the Big Lottery Fund.

This event culminated the Beyond the Radar series. It explored the use of social media by community groups and activities and evaluated lessons learned from the experience of the BTR11 project. It also looked more generally at what activities work for below the radar groups, how social media can help increase networks or have greater impact?


Strengthening Civil society through social media, 28 February 2012, 7.30 – 8.30pm
Online discussion with Globalnet21. Panel included Joe Taylor, NATCAN and David Wilcox, Social Reporter.

Below the Radar and the unintended consequences of voluntary sector reconfiguration, 1 February 2012, 2-4pm

The panel included Big Lottery Fund, Community Development Foundation, Trust for London, and Barrow Cadbury Trust, along with TSRC. 

Civil Society Beyond the Radar, 30 January 2012

Previous discussion hosted by GlobalNet21 with presentations by David Tyler, Community Matters, and Angus McCabe, TSRC.

What motivates people to act? 19 October 2011, 7-9pm

Previous online discussion in partership with NatCAN. Panel members included Maxine Moar, Simon Skidmore, Joe Taylor.

How can community groups achieve their aims despite the cuts? 19 July 2011

Live Q&A held by the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network.

Launch event, 8 July 2011, 10am - 4pm

CLG, Eland House, Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5DU

Event report: Love passion and fun below the radar

See outcomes, videos, pictures

Beyond the Radar 8 July 2011