Email announcement to ‘mullers’ drawn from our google maps
Hello to our mulling friends,
My name is Ed; I am the web co-ordinator for Transition Network. I hope you are well and having a good day. Isn’t April wonderful? All that lovely birdsong.
This is a one-off announcement to encourage you to add your initiative profile to the new and handy Transition Initiatives Directory. You are receiving this because your contact details are on the google maps we have all been using to date. You will not receive another mail from me in this way.
If you have already registered on the new site and added your initiative, or are ‘official’ already, you can ignore this mail, and go outside and plant some vegetables, savour the daylight hours, run around, leap in a river, talk to a neighbour, or something lovely like that (in the northern hemisphere, anyway).
If you have not already registered on the new site, nor added your ‘muller’ initiative to the directory, please read on.
We now have a handy self-service Initiative Directory made up of Initiative Profiles, which enables everyone to manage information about their initiatives in an easy and reliable way. Initiatives can add themselves to the directory with details including location, interests, background, themes, and more. You need to be a ‘registered user’ before you can add your initiative. We are not going to ‘delete’ the google maps as some countries are happy using them, but our focus at Transition Network from now on will be on the directory.
Handy steps to add your initiative profile to the directory
1. Read these instructions carefully and understand what you are going to do before launching into it. Frustration comes from dashing into things half-prepared (I do it all the time and wish I didn’t)
2. Go to TN website
3. Search for your initiative (check someone hasn’t beaten you to it) on the map and in the search boxes
4a. Log in with your user name and password… OR…
4b. Register yourself on the system (don’t forget you need to confirm your registration by email to add a profile to the system)
NB: If you receive the Transition Network newsletter, you are already registered and have received a mail about this in early March. You can check by searching for yourself in the People Directory.
5. Go to http://www.transitionnetwork.org/node/add/initiative-profile to add your Initiative Profile to the directory. SAVE the information regularly. Do not do long tracts of content editing on the initiative profile page – this carries a risk of losing your information which is very frustrating! If you set up an initiative profile, all contact requests from that profile will go to you. Each initiative profile is editable by the person who created it and others who are selected as editors. They also need to be registered in order to be linked to the initiative profile, so we suggest that you reach out to your contacts (e.g. the core team) and encourage them to follow this process themselves; they will have to create a personal profile in order to be related to the initiative profile.
6. Once you have added your initiative profile to the directory (step 5 above) then you can revisit your personal profile and complete all the applicable fields for a fuller personal profile. Moving forward this is how we will be collecting information from Initiatives as they apply for “official” recognition.
While we will not lose the ‘personal’ touch which is part of becoming official (Ben is still at the helm and in touch with initiatives going through the process) we will handle the information side of the ‘initiative official-isation process’ via the website from now on, so you need to add your ‘muller’ profile to the directory if you want to be ‘official’. You can read more about this process here: http://www.transitionnetwork.org/community/support/becoming-official
Handy links about how to use the site
Editing an existing Initiative profile for registered users:
Editing your personal profile:
I hope this is useful and clear and am available four days a week for questions, requests and enquiries. I can’t do the inputting for you I’m afraid, that’s up to you, but I am here to help.
Good luck and enjoy!
all the best,