I’m really looking forward to working with the Roller Girls to help them spread the word about a growing phenomenon. I’ll be with them from 12 noon till 6pm, helping to cover 2 bouts (including a mens’ contest!) and celebrate the atmosphere and passion of the crowd.
See the live stream of all the fast and furious roller derby fun in the playbox above. For more information and coverage see the Celebration 2.0 website.
If you have a local celebration event that you think would benefit from the Celebration 2.0 treatment (such as a carnival, festival, parade or show) let John Popham know!
Last Wednesday and William went to Sheffield to deliver a training day with the Directors of Icarus, an organisation that ‘specialise in the design, facilitation, delivery and evaluation of planning and decision making processes which draw people and organisations together’.
We went through ways and means of using the Icarus website to tell their story by highlighting the need for and impact of their work and using a variety of tools such as imagery, video and audio to record whilst ‘doing’ and bring their work to life. We also discussed ways of using online social networks such Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to develop and build relationships and widen Icarus’ reach.
We covered a lot of ground during the day, with a lot of practical work to get accustomed to the website’s dashboard and using video and audio recording tools, as well as looking at examples of how other similar organisations have used their websites and online networks to illustrate and connect.
I conducted a short video interview with Icarus Director Nicola Stenberg at the end of the day, which you can view above.
Communities depend on effective communication. Using simple, cheap online media we can build stronger communities by unlocking the huge communications potential in local people. Dozens of great community sites demonstrate what can be done – particularly for ultra local issues of huge importance to people but below the radar of print, radio and TV. The ease with which you can get some civic action going to improve the neighbourhood using a blog platform should see an explosion in ultra local voice that is good for democracy and for communities. But that doesn’t always seem to be the case.
After a discussion over at Gary Andrews site i thought i would start somewhere devoted to ultra local online media for community building and community action. This site will celebrate good community online publishing and cover the theats and opportunities posed by the decline of traditional local media.