Here’s the plan for the websites for initiatives workshop at the conference:
Having a website is an unavoidable fact of life these days, it seems, as are Social Networks. How useful are they to Transition Initiatives? How much time should we put into them? Are there any key lessons or suggestions to bear in mind? What are the best tools for them? Do we need to reinvent them, again and again, or are there tired and tested solutions? What is more important, a ‘techie’ or an ‘editor’? How can we use what to connect between ourselves? What options are there on the internet horizon? And more.
This is not a workshop of ‘What is Transition Network offering us?’ but a workshop of ‘What are our options, and what have others learnt that we can learn from?’. It will be in a few parts (which we will agree on at the beginning) and input and possibly leadership will be sought from participants. We will choose from the following topics and case studies:
1. An overview of the Transition Network web project, present and future (sneak preview: social reporting portal, ingredients library, ‘sharing engine’)
2. An overview of the web options available to TIs
3. Some pithy recommendations from the Network’s perspective
4. Roles in a web/comms team
5. Collaboration and networking: case study from France
6. Is there a standard template for a TI site?
7. One new TI website from London: case study
6. Update from Transition Drupal project
7. The social media ‘thing’: how to use different social networking platforms
8. Stories and social reporting on the web: how to use the web to inspire change and bring confidence to the change makers