Published work

Trevor Locke

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Books

New Approaches to Crime in the 1990s: Planning responses to crime. 1990. Longman Group (UK) Ltd. 292 pages. ISBN 0-582-05124-X Now out of print

Organised Responses to Urban Drug Problems. Masters Dissertation. November 1990. Leicester Polytechnic Business School. 91 pages.

Local Area Profiles of Crime: neighbourhood crime patterns in context (with Norman Davidson, University of Hull), Chapter 3 in: Crime, Policing and Place: Essays in environmental criminology. Edited by David J Evans et al. 1992. Routledge.

Participation, inclusion, exclusion and netactivism: how the Internet invents new forms of democratic activity, Chapter 13 in Digital Democracy, Discourse and Decision Making in the Information Age, Edited by Barry N. Hague and Brian D. Loader, Routledge, 1999. (Based on a talk that I gave at the Electronic Democracy Conference, Teeside University, 17th to 18th September 1997.)

The Heroes... in golden times. The Story of a band. By Trevor Locke.
The Heroes… in golden times. The Story of a band. By Trevor Locke.

The Heroes… in golden times – the story of a band. July 2015. ArtsIn Publications, Leicester (Copies available by post)

Papers

A Bibliography of intermediate treatment 1968 to 1976, with Jim Thomas, 1977, National Youth Bureau. §

One Night a Week? Aspects of Group Work in Intermediate Treatment, 1981, National Youth Bureau, Leicester. §

The involvement of the voluntary sector in intermediate treatment in Doncaster (Intermediate Treatment Field Reports). 1981. National Youth Bureau §

The involvement of the voluntary sector in intermediate treatment in Southwark. (Intermediate Treatment Field Reports). 1981. National Youth Bureau §

The involvement of the voluntary sector in intermediate treatment in Cambridge  (Intermediate Treatment Field Reports). 1981. National Youth Bureau §

Planning: strategic and practical options in work with young people in trouble, 1981, ITRC Ideas Exchange. §

Strategies for action. 1983. Scottish IT Training Group. §

Report on the design of a monitoring scheme. Presented to the monitoring group of the Durham County Youth Trust, 23rd July 1984. §

Policy and planning in juvenile justice, 1987, NACRO Juvenile Crime Section, London

An analysis of the juvenile justice policies of Durham Social Services Department and Durham Probation Service, April 1987, NACRO, Juvenile Crime Section, London.

Policy and information in juvenile justice systems, with Britton, Hope and Wainman, 1988, Save The Children Fund and NACRO, London.

Juvenile Justice in the 1990s: a strategic approach, 1988, NACRO Juvenile Crime Section, London

Policy development and its implications for practice, 1988, NACRO Juvenile Crime Section, London

Young adult offenders (series of statistical analyses, papers I to V), 1988 to 1989, NACRO Young Offenders Team, London.

Beer and ideas: report on a visit to the Bass brewery at Burton on Trent by the East Midlands Group of the Strategic Planning Society, 1988. NACRO, Juvenile Crime Section. §

Crime in the inner city, report of a one day conference at the University of Birmingham, 1988. NACRO Juveile Crime Section. §

Successful strategy making in public and non-profit making organisations, conference report, 1988. §

Leicester Case Study: the economic impact of crime on a local area, 1989, Leicester Polytechnic Business School (extended student essay)

Strategic planning of responses to crime, alcohol and other drugs, 1989, occasional paper.

Policy developments in juvenile crime and justice, 1990, NACRO Young Adult Offenders Project, London

Planning and co-ordination of responses to drugs, 1990, Occasional paper.

Customer orientation in local government services, 1990, Coventry City Council.

Responding to comments, compliments and complaints (guidelines manual), 1992, Coventry City Council.

Public access to the city council (a report on customer care), 1993, Coventry City Council.

What do you want? Interim report to the Lancashire Probation Service on the needs for specialist resources and partnership development, 1994, Divert Trust, London.

What you can get. Final report to the Lancashire Probation Service on the voluntary sector in Lancashire, 1994, Divert Trust, London.

Final report to the Bedford Pilgrim Housing Association (development of an anti-poverty strategy and report on an area audit) with Ian Chappell, 1995, Divert Trust, London

Teleworking and new technology: current trends and future prospects. Talk given to the British Computer Society, 1995. §

Beyond Joy Riding: the future of car related youth work in Milton Keynes. Final report to the Wheelwright Project from the Centre for Social Action, De Montfort University. 1996. Centre for Social Action and Buckinghamshire County County Council. 34 pages.

Teleworking today and tomorrow, 1998, notes for a talk.

Articles

Policy, management and practice must relate, with Chris Batty, Social Work Today, 31/8/87.

History of Music in Leicester Series

Music and the rise of the Internet – 1990 to 2005 part 2. Arts in Leicester magazine, August 2015.

Music and the rise of the Internet – 1990 to 2005 part1. Arts in Leicester magazine, August 2015

Music of Today – 2005 to 2014. Arts in Leicester magazine, August 2015

Music and technology, Arts in Leicester Magazine, August 2015

Where is live music now? Arts in Leicester magazine, 2014

Self publications

Working with databases: practical information and monitoring schemes, 1995, The Events Service, Leicester §

Policy and information in local crime prevention and justice systems, 1995, The Events Service, Leicester. §

Routes into work: the use of teleworking for rural young people, 1997, Event and Project Services, Leicester. §

Telecentres and teleworking: workshop on telecentres and community networks in action, presented to LEDIS conference The Knowledge Economy, Nottingham, 1997. §

Teleworking

Why Teleworking? A Study and Resource Pack, circa 1996

There are two editions of this loose leaf pack: a general one and a special edition for those in local government. The pack contains a variety of briefing papers, study notes and OHP slides on working at home with computers.

E&PS published a range of Briefing Papers on Teleworking. Paper versions of these papers were available individually or as part of the larger resource pack called Why Teleworking? which was only available by post.

Briefing Paper 5 A place to live: a place to work. Teleworking from home: the implications for planning and house design. 4 pages. 2122 words.

Briefing Paper 6 Teleworking and local government: opportunities and strategies. 4 pages. 1957 words.

Briefing Paper 7 How to develop telecottages and teleworking in rural areas. 6 pages. 2851 words

Briefing Paper 8 Teleworking, telematics and the environment: policies and practices. 4 pages. 1409 words.

Briefing Paper 9 Teleworking and the Probation Service. 4 pages. 1962 words.

Briefing Paper 11 Flexible working practices for business. 4 pages. 1514 words.

Briefing Paper 22 Introduction to teleworking and telecottages. 4 pages. 1802 words

Briefing Paper 23 Teleworking and new technology: current trends and future prospects. 7 pages. 2748 words.

Briefing Paper 24 Teleworking and the Internet.3 pages. 705 words.

Blog articles

Teleworking and the growth of community networks, 2015, on Writer Trevor Locke (on this blog)

See also articles published in this blog.

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Neighbourhood’s Online

I found an interesting blog

Networked Neighbourhoods

which reminded me that I have been doing localised web sites for years, from my very first site Blaby.net.

I got to this via an article I chanced upon in the Joe Public Blog

On the Guardian web site

The piece claimed that there was a ‘new culture of localism’.  Well, there is of course, nothing new about localism, not even on the web. Only a couple of years after the world wide web took off, I put up my first web site, which was about the district of Leicestershire where I lived. I called it ‘Blaby on the Net’ and it brought together information about the local area.

The article on the Guardian site explored how the Internet is giving local people a voice.  That reminded me of the recent meetings I have been going to called ‘Amplified Leicester’, where people have been talking about how they are getting activists in very small communities to make use of the web as a way of connecting together and giving themselves a voice.

Finding a voice via the Internet, the authors argue, gives people power to influence decision-making. Well, nothing new about that and certainly this has been a feature of life on the ‘Net for the last couple of decades.  I did however recognise the issues that the authors of this recent study have uncovered. 

The small, localise web sites that I set up were about local information rather than offering interactive portals. I only ever produced flat-bed sites but because they were often the only sites for that area, a lot of people have read them, often from around the world.

Sites such as Stoney Stanton Village and Narborough and Braunstone Town readily came up in the search engines and were for a while the only content available for these neighbourhoods.

Fortunately the web no longer requires web designers to make sites and if you want to put your stuff up you no longer need to learn HTML. Instead you can now set up a blog (like this one on WordPress) in a couple of minutes.

All of this does offer the opportunity for local people to talk to each other as well as express their views to people in the wider political system. In that respect, the Internet now plays a real and prominent role in democracy (broadly defined.)

Thinking about another localised site that I run – ArtsinLeicestershire – gathers together a wide range of information and articles about the many shapes and forms of artistic life in the city of Leiester and county of Leicestershire.

As a result of editing that site, I now get asked to comment on arts issues by the BBC, on a fairly regular basis. Which is great, because every time I go on air, our web site gets a spike in its hits. It’s good to see that webzines are taken at least as seriously as traditional paper-based journals.



Digital democracy revisted

What role does the Internet play now in democracy?
I am looking back at work I did in the late 1990s under the heading Digital Democracy. I contributed to a reader: Digital democracy – discourse and decision making in the Information Age, edited by Barry N. Hague and Brian D.Loader, Routledge, 1999

I contributed a chapter: Participation, inclusion, exclusion and netactivism: how the Internet invents new forms of democratic activity.

In this chapter I discussed how the rise of the Internet was having an impact on democracy and democratic processes. I had been looking at the emergence of community networks and how activists were using them to raise issues and engage in debate about political questions.

I was inspired to go back to this topic by a question raised by Rachael Quinn, the Chief Executive of One East Midlands. In a lengthy questionnaire, she asked for comments about what intermediary processes would be required as part of the “Big Society”. Ill come back to this later.

What I want to consider is the term “digerati”. The digital version of “literati”. Wikipedia defines the literati as being a scholarly elite.[1].

The term digirati is defined as “Opinion leaders who, through their writings, promoted a vision of digital technology and the Internet as a transformational element in society;” [2].

To my mind, the digirati are those people who have access to the Internet and use it effectively to debate, discuss, lead opinion and prompt comment because they are both literate in language and in IT.

In the emerging concept of the Big Society, there will be local neighbourhoods and the state. Local people will be empowered to take control of the services that they need or want. Instead of these services being delivered to them by local authorities, needs and wants will be mediated through bodies that represent people at the micro-level.

The question that Rachael Quinn posed was “how is this actually going to happen and what would be needed to give local people a voice in national government” (I am paraphrasing here). She used the word “intermediate” or “intermediary”, suggesting a process through which neighbourhood activists or service users can participate in the wider policy and planning processes and issues that will affect their capacity to access services, and indeed, call those services down from the national level of government to their local communities.

It was this that reminded of what I had been doing in the late 90s around the impact of the Internet on democracy. Will the Internet of 2010 and 2011 enhance the ability of local people to engage in democracy and in the processes of local government? Does it offer the same potential for participation now as it did then?

Will the opportunity of the Internet make participation work or will there be inequalities between those who can only read the Internet and the Digirati who can exploit it fully because they are both literate in language and IT?

This blog is about social enterprise business.  I want to show how these Big Society issues will impact on enterprise and explore the relationship between the ideas being floated in the Big Society and the emergence of social business.

Netactivism original paper from 1998:

netactivism-original