Good Reminder: Wider Picture


Talking about youth work, but feels a bit like where I get to far too often:

We are all working so hard at delivering our job that we rarely make enough time to read or think. This traps us in the here and now. We cope with crises as they hit us. We never have enough time or space to plan new work and manage our time better. We tend not to see the wider picture. We are responsive rather than pro-active.

It is difficult to develop strategies and plans without understanding the wider picture and how all its part relate to one another. Yet planning and working systematically is the only way we can become more effective and less stressed as workers. This is why we need to change the way we work and manage our boundaries and time more effectively even when it means saying ‘no’. It is one of the ways that we prevent being ‘kippered’.

Good advice…

Digital Event

[WORKSHOP] Social Media Strategies

3d small people - session behind a round tableAre you already using social media? This half day workshop will allow you to develop your social media strategy, by giving you time to think about what you want to achieve and information on the advanced features of each tool. This 3 hour session will include time to discuss your experience with social media with others in a small group context.

Who is the course for?

  • Anyone with a working knowledge of social media, who wants to develop their use of these tools.

What will I learn in this session?

  • Taking stock of what’s already going on in your organisation, its values and goals, and how social media can enhance and augment this.
  • How to define your target audiences, and creating personas to better communicate with them.
  • How to define your ‘call to action’, and apply this to what you do online.
  • With guidance from the facilitator,  discuss which (mix of) social media tools seem to be most appropriate.
  • Specific advice as to the use of Twitter, Facebook (Groups/Pages), and blogging: understanding the strengths and weaknesses of each, and how these will affect when and how you use each of them.
  • How to create a manageable and sustainable social media strategy, allowing time to do your other work.

What preparation do I need to do?

  • There is no official preparation is required for this session, but delegates will need to have a working knowledge of social media (as can be gained through the workshop Social Media for the Scared).

A recent slidedeck from the course:

See when this course is next offered through the Church of England (Central London), or enquire whether workshops are available in your diocese.

Contact Dr Bex Lewis if you are interested in this course being run elsewhere.

Academic Digital

Playing at War?

Really interesting story on the value (or otherwise) of game playing to offer insights into politics, pandemics & propaganda:

Simulations and games can be highly effective in helping to teach students about politics and war – but often suffer from oversimplification, a lack of clear purpose or insufficient time to explore issues meaningfully.

These were among the views put forward at a workshop – held at the University of Westminster earlier this month – on the use of games to model everything from the effects of a global pandemic to last year’s London riots.

Simon Usherwood, senior lecturer in politics at the University of Surrey, opened the event by exploring “the problems of making simulations work”.

He said it was essential to develop an “appropriate level of conflict” so that participants were neither too laid back nor likely to come to blows while acting out, for example, the Middle Eastern peace process.

Read full story or visit the Centre for Political Situations and Gaming Research.


A great Storify from @benrmatthews #CCSocMed


Focusing for October

So, this year, pretty much everything that I’m doing is digital, so I’m starting to be a bit more strategic about what I’m doing, and allowing my projects to inform each other….

I’m really looking forward to reading @unmarketing’s book (see right), as I’ve never been a fan of marketing, it’s always been about the community, and community engagement… I’m expecting to see ideas for how to kick-start communities and the kind of tactics that need to be undertaken to push forward social media so that it feels genuine, authentic & reflects the brand.

I’m also hoping to get to a day of the Like Minds conference.

The BigBible Project

The BigBible Project is a project that I’m working on 2.5 days a week. I’m very much enjoying getting some great guest posts, but I need time to sit down and make a list… and I’m also giving 3 sessions at conference (16th Oct). I’m learning loads about content, strategy, utilising WordPress to give me what I want… I plan to use @problogger’s 31 Days to a Better Blog to identify gaps!

Super Fun Days Out

I have been working on this site since Summer 2009, and it’s been ungoing a lot of changes, with a few more to come, to make the site more usable. We have sat down for a great strategic meeting this week, and talked through what we want to achieve (and what’s manageable), so I have returned to my original plan of dealing with Adrenablog and Twitter (and bookmarking once those have embedded), which means I can focus on being more strategic, and hunt out some great stories! We have come up with some targets, so let’s see how we take off… come and visit us!


As a part of my role as Blended Learning Fellow, I continue to develop the Blended Learning Blog (and other internal material, both paper and VLE based). I have great plans for @digitalfprint (but it’s a bit of a case of Cobbler’s Shoes), and continue to add material (if rather sporadically) to and I am also teaching on a great new module (which is involving a lot of ‘set up’ work):

Manipulating Media

See: I have around 20 more blog posts to write for this, 10 practical & 10 more instructional. We’re in Week 2 this week, I need to be ready before Week 5! We plan to have our students digitally literate by the end of the first year, but they also need to pick up a number of academic skills.