Enterprise - The next step!
If I’m honest I’ve never really thought of myself as being ‘enterprising’. Yes, I have passion and get up and go to take risks and take part in challenging ventures but I guess I’ve never really thought of that behaviour as enterprising. Up until now I considered enterprising to be something akin to a business venture and that’s about it. And quite frankly I’ve never really wanted to be...
The Pitch →
My Enterprise idea of how i intend to change the way my organisation works!
Waiting for the Eureka moment
There is this misconception that every good idea must start with a ‘Eureka!’ moment. Unfortunately I don’t think that’s quite how amazing ideas are born. As Steven Johnson discusses in his rather lovely little video ‘Where do good ideas come from’ great ideas still happen but are more of a ‘slow hunch’. Great ideas need time to incubate, to develop and ultimately become successful. There is some...
To be enterprising
To be an entrepreneur or to be enterprising doesn’t necessarily mean you have to be the next big thing in a commercial or a social environment, to create a new business venture or be aiming to make lots of money. No. For me, being enterprising is being able to persuade and take my organisation through a journey that they haven’t been on. I want to be the person who stops talking about what we...
Let it snow!
It’s been a busy few days at Wolverhampton Today, the Facebook page for Wolverhampton City Council. Not only has it managed to acquire nearly 10,000 new followers in 10 days. It also seems to have won the hearts and souls of many of its own employees. Why? The white stuff of course. Monday saw the closure of around 97 schools/children’s centres due to the snow. Past winters would have seen...
I can’t be the only one that is a little relieved that we’re having a full five day week at work? The fun and frivolity of Christmas is great but once the tree has been laid to rest in the garden and the decorations cleared away normality is all I crave. I’ve even had enough of mulled wine! I feel very positive and optimistic about the year and to keep the momentum going have made a list of...
'Is not looking forward to being without water on...
This is what a friend of mine put as their Facebook status a few days ago. As I read it my heart sank. Up until now I thought what people had for dinner was the most mundane topic to appear on a timeline. I think what annoyed me the most (if you’ve read my last blog you may see a theme developing) was that in a week where we see Hurricane Sandy and the little reported Tropical Storm Son-Tinh...
You're going to let me loose in a bookclub?
This may sound like an odd thing to be doing but I’m taking part in a ‘BookClub’. Last time I did this I turned into a very angry young lady. To boot it was on national TV! The bookclub was being recorded by the BBC for the very popular ‘Culture Show’ and little ole’ me was invited to read and discuss a chosen book with a few other people. I won’t mention the title of the book because it will make...
Changing the world
In class on Monday we watched a film… ‘How facebook changed the world’. As the name suggests it was about social media and specifically facebook. A fairly light subject you would assume. Well no, for a start I wasn’t expecting to be so moved and humbled after watching it. Let me explain. The BBC produced programme told the story of what happened in the lead up and during the uprisings...
Social Media Personas
It seems a little ironic that I’m in China writing a blog on Social Media (SocMed), a country that denies me access to both my twitter and Facebook accounts. Time to reflect by reading a paper by Marwick and Boyd as they shed light on some very interesting characteristics of SocMed users. The research confirms the importance users place upon the perceived (imagined) audience/s and how this...
To email or not to email?
Today, when we’re all spoilt for choice trying to select our next social media platform, whether it’s for work or pleasure the question that comes to mind is what will become of the existing tool loved by so many… …E-mail? I’m not ashamed to say I quite like email, in fact I use it everyday for work, it serves a purpose and it’s not something I ever really think about. But, recently it’s playing...
Social Media and Business
Social Media has been around for a few years now. It’s long been recognised for it’s ‘social’ capabilities and not far behind for it’s benefits to businesses. Right? Wrong. It’s 2012, and as a marketing and communications professional I still find myself coming across businesses that are reluctant to take those first steps into utilising the full power of social media. Whether it’s talking to...
Use of Social Media in Humanitarian Crisis - notes
25 April 2012 The event successfully took place at 12h00 (GMT+1) with Steph, Adeline, Sari, Isaac and me (Bal) discussing the use of social media in a humanitarian crisis situation. It was really useful to see what the similarities and differences are when working in a non-profit making organisation dealing with crisis, both on a local and an international scale. As promised here are...
Hanging Out with Social Media - is here!
After several weeks of planning, writing blogs, hanging out (lots) on Google+, tweeting, updating Facebook, sweet talking social media experts to participate, the ‘Hangout Event’ has been and gone. While a part of me lets out a huge sigh of relief there is also a part has been really fired up and excited about taking part in more events like this. Group exercises can be difficult,...
Can Social Media save your life?
On 29 September, 2009 Tropical Storm Ketsana (also known as Ondoy) caused devastating floods in the Philippines. As Ketsana moved away, the destruction left behind in the Philippines became apparent. The death toll stood at 246 people, with many more missing. In addition to this the devastation also left some 450,000 people displaced. This is a terrible tragedy but what is undeniable is...
Guide to hanging out - The Google+ way →
This is a short tutorial on how to have a hangout on Google+. If your hanging out with me on 25 April 2012, that’s great, I’ll see you then. If not, have fun hanging out anyway. For more information on the hangout on 25 April visit: http://hangingoutwithsm.eventbrite.com/
Use of Social Media in Humanitarian Crisis - the...
12h00 (GMT +1) 25 April 2012 A Google hangout will take place to discuss the importance of social media in humanitarian crisis. Humanitarian crisis can occur on any scale, from the events that cover an entire nation to crisis that are more localised. To the population it affects it’s a crisis, an emergency. You can hear of tragedies that have occurred on the other side of the world in...
How to 'Hangout' with Google+ →
If you would like to attend the Google+ Hangout but not sure on what that entails, take a look at this short tutorial.
Pitching for a podcast series
Introduction The overall aim of this proposal is to promote the city of Wolverhampton to its residents as an exciting and characterful location to live, work and socialise. In addition, it is envisaged that it can be a tool to attract investors into the city, showcasing Wolverhampton as a destination to do business in and also with. Background Wolverhampton is embracing new technology, yet the...
Hanging Out with Social Media - ticket update →
Tickets now available for those of you who would like to take part in the Google Hangout. Numbers are limited so please reserve asap to avoid any disappointment.
Hanging Out with Social Media - update
Event Update My fellow MA Social Media student Isaac and i will be holding a Google Hangout on 25 April, 12H00 GMT. The topic is ‘Social Media in Humanitarian Crisis Communication’. The hangout will have presentations and a chance for participants to take part in a live debate. If you’re interested leave details on the platforms listed below. Details of booking with...
Mapping made easy!
On Tuesday (27 March) I was lucky enough to see Andy Mabbett @pigsonthewing http://pigsonthewing.org.uk/ share the delights of mapping using Open Street Maps (OSM) www.openstreetmap.org. It’s truly enlightening to see how much data has been created and kept up to date by volunteers. I’m not ashamed to say I’ve always been a Google Maps kind of girl but seeing the level of...
Hanging out with Social Media
Social Media what an amazing discovery. The more i use it the more I love it! My fellow students on the MA Social Media course and I will be organising Google Hangouts w/c 23 April. There’ll be six in total covering a whole range of themes. Make a note in your diaries and I’ll keep you posted.
Open Data - the pitch →
Examples of where existing open data is not used as well as it should.
MA Social Media - Open data
The idea It may be hard to believe but there is a huge amount of open data available from local authorities. The only problem is finding it and then connecting it with other open data so that it actually has some added value to the end user, in this case the residents of the city. Data relating to waste and recycling service such as collection areas, tonnage, collection dates, resident requests...
MA Social media - video task →
Is it acceptable to use mobile devices when in social environment?
Here’s my first attempt at a podcast -...
Summery of four blogging sites
Blogger, Posterous, Wordpress and Tumblr I have to admit I’m a complete novice to blogging. For a long time now it’s something I’ve wanted to start but just never did anything about it. This task is perfect for getting me moving in the right direction! Blogger – a completely free platform powered by Google. For me the fact that it’s powered by Google gives it some credibility and also some peace...
I think i quite like this. It’s nice, easy to use and pretty good to look at too! I’ll give it a whirl and see how it compares to my other favourite at the moment Blogger. x