I have been in UK for about two weeks now. But I still haven’t found that many twitter conversations about sustainability that comes from the UK. Maybe they don’t exist? Well I’m sure they do, but the conversations is probably happening between followers and small networks discussing things in between each other. That makes it difficult to track what is being said as well as finding a place to participate in the discussion.
Globally there is a bunch of different hashtags people are using to discuss solutions and what can be done in social and environmental matters. It’s one of the things that I think is great about twitter. This possibility of connecting with people in faraway places that have the same passion that you do. However these global hashtags does not help very much if you want to meetup or plan something concrete.
The networks that forms around global hashtags only become dense when it comes to interest, they will never become dense geographically because of their global scope. It’s only when a network becomes dense both geographically and in interest that people get more motivated for action. You only need to look at Egypt to understand that. Except there they were probably even denser when it came to geographic location.
In Sweden the environmental community has adopted the hashtag #swgreen to discuss things about environment and sustainability. In the same way I think it would be helpful to form a UK specific hashtag for discussions on sustainability and environment. So how about #ukgreen? I have seen people using it occasionally, but let’s get over that threshold!
Once you have a common ground you can start to be more specific when it comes to your geographic location as well as interest and thus form denser networks.
So if you think this is a good idea, tweet it, blog about it, facebook it, tell your offline friends and above all write a comment so I can keep in touch. I’d love to get to know more people in the UK and eventually meet up.
(ps I’m also in need of a not too expensive flatshare in London as soon as possible, as I have to move out in the end of February. If you know anyone renting a flat it would help me a lot)
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