Archive for January, 2007

two really useful links:

presentation by david wilcox [SCIP founder] I'm going to see on
monday [not sure presentation works but useful site anyway]

link to a useful one pager on what every non profit needs to know
about web 2.0


"get with the beat baggy"


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Useful day yesterday in a workshop for the course I’m doing to be a Social Enterprise Business Adviser. It covered a whole range of information about reviews – from the programme itself through to your own personal development and the quality of the services you deliver.
I’m no preparing a review process for my work, across a range of clients and different types of work. I hope this will help identify key strengths and weaknesses in my own skills and approach. It will also be a useful starter to beginning to review the work of SCIP as a whole.
One useful resource I was pointed as is 360degree review and I found a very useful free resource on the BusinessBalls website. Includes templates to download.

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www.community.brighton.co.uk is a community portal, a one stop shop
for informatiion about and resources for the community sector in
Brighton & Hove. We have some funding form theplacetobe.net to
overhaul what’s there and we started in earnest on this project this
We’ve started by sketching out what we want the site to be able to do:
– Directory of local community organisations and the services they
provide to the local community
– Local community jobs
– Community news service
– Community events diary
– Community documents library
– Funding information
– Local training directory
– Community venues guide
– Information about local community sector support services
– Advice and information about how to run a community organisation
— Media, key people in the Council and other important contacts
— Good practise issues: fundraising, marketing, managing volunteers,
governance, planning, finance, HR, management, office management/
administration, beneficiary involvement
The next stage is to put some flesh to these descriptions, quantify
the work needed and begin planning out the work for the next 12 weeks
or so
We would hope to several of these tools available by mid-Feb and have
a launch site ready for a City Information Network meeting we’re
planning for mid-March
Along the way I hope we can involve users in the design process,
bring some llocal volunteers into help and work with partners who
could help to maintain and update relevant information within the site.
Just before then we have to work out a project management methodology
for the team [me, Peter and Luke]. This should be up and running by
the end of April [ha ha]

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The wisdom of wikipedia

I’m reading the Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki which is interesting enough, but I’d suggest dipping your toe into the wikipedia version before deciding whether you want to read the whole thing.

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was using the excellent accessible train timetable at traintimes.org just re-stumbled across the live trains map produced by mathew somerville who is linked to the lovely people at mysociety – they’re responsible for faxyourmp, pledgebank and lots of other fancy mashup style community stuff.
just reminded me how much clever stuff can be done with the new era of mashup web2.0 stuff
and made me think it’d be good to get something like a showcase element in the city information network meeting I’m planning for March

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