I called this conversation at the recent Leaders for Leeds event as I was struck by the potential to strengthen our networks and deepen relationships through social networking. Not everyone can make a meeting or event but it can be easy to dip in and out of conversations online. Our conversation led us to thinking about how we can increase engagement during L4L events such as the one we were all participating in at that time. Twitter and the #Leaders4Leeds hashtag is a simple way to share the conversation more widely and bring more people in the room – we probably need to build in this wider participation in to the organisation of events so that we actively call for contributions and create space for them to be listened to and added to the conversation in the room.
We also thought live streaming events would add another means to connection for people who couldn’t be there but wished to follow the session as it unfolded. We recognised that not everyone is in their comfort zone with platforms such as Twitter and we wondered if there was more we could do to build confidence and capability of leaders in the city to use social media as a means of collaboration and ongoing conversation. I would be very happy to put on a #leaders4leeds social media café or workshop if people would find that useful – it can include anything from the basics of setting up an account through to considering how to share good content and personal/professional identity online.
Deputy Director of Partnerships and Innovation
Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust