On @IAmBirmingham | #OnlineMedia #BloggersCollective

Met some of the I Am Birmingham team at the Birmingham Social Media Cafe today for the first time after months of following on twitter with no interaction. Anyway, partly because of that personal interaction, I decided to take a more in-depth look at their website which is like an online video hub of some of the most creative and interesting activity taking place across the city of Birmingham. We think their work is very commendable and again, it is young people being entrepreneurial constructively using new technology to create and sustain valuable online media platforms. Now I must digress from the topic slightly to make a point and I will use I Am Birmingham as a prime example. Stay with me.

Recently I have been involved in several debates online and offline and attending  local events about the future of Birmingham City, leadership, youth unemployment, etc. Many of these have featured some of the main movers and shakers of Birmingham city expressing their concerns that many of the traditional press and media platforms are slowly disappearing. In effect that means that Birmingham’s voice nationally is in jeopardy and in turn our second city status is questioned when compared with other cities such as Manchester.

I highlight these discussions to make the following point. Online media platforms such as I am Birmingham and the many other hyper local bloggers  can be harnessed to ensure the Birmingham is represented on a national scale. It only takes a little bit of out of the box thinking and strategic vision/leadership. These platforms have the potential to be as powerful if not more powerful than the traditional forms over time. With collective thinking and collaborative working the opportunities are endless.

Check out I Am Birmingham’s Website here.

The type of collective thinking and collaborative working we speak of will be discussed in our upcoming series of Bloggers Collective workshops, the first of which will take place on 30th Nov at Birmingham Small Business Centre. Click here for more information

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