Adding and editing your initiative profile on this site
By Ed Mitchell 23rd February 2010
Please add details about your Transition initiative to this site. It produces a one page profile of your initiative which is listed in the initiatives directory, and located on the map. This makes it easy for people to find out about you and contact you.
Most of the fields are optional, so you can fill out as much or as little information as you like.
Please fill out your initiative’s location. The most common enquiry is ‘where is my nearest initiative?’, and we can’t show you on the map unless you have added your location.
- Step 1: be a registered user on the site
- Step 2: go to the Initiatives Directory
- Step 3: create and/or edit your Initiative Profile
- Step 4: how to find your initiative in the Initiatives Directory
- Step 5: view your Initiative Profile
Step 1: be a registered user on the site
You cannot add an initiative profile unless you are a registered user. This is because we need to know who you are and how we can get in touch with you.
If you are not a registered user, Register here.
Step 2: go to to the Initiatives Directory:
Proceed to the Initiatives Directory main page. You will see a big green button on the left saying “Add your initiative Profile”. Click it!
You will also see below that, a big green button “Going official information” (handy for those who want to ‘go official’).
Step 3: Create and/or edit your initiative profile
- Add your Initiative name. We don’t recommend you add ‘Transition’ in front of your initiative name – it’s pretty obvious you are a Transition Initiative, and if you add ‘Transition’ in front of your name, you will only appear in the directory under ‘T’.
- You can also add a logo
- Location: Please add as much as you can – if you don’t add any information you won’t appear on the Initiatives Map, or the ‘Transition Nearby‘ function. These are the first places people look for you.
- Initiative type: choose what type of initiative you are. Individuals are only able to be primary point of contact for one initiative profile of each type. You can change the type of initiative later.
- Community type: about your area
- Approximate number of members
- Further information: as much as you can add please!
- NB: please write your information about your initiative in a word processing package on your computer and save it there first. Then copy the text from your word processing package and paste it into the WYSIWYG editor as below. Word processing packages have lots of layout code and stuff we never see, which the machine needs to strip out so that the website style can make your text look good.
Please use the ‘Paste as plain text’ option, then format the text in the editor. If you really have to, use the ‘Paste from word’ option. You can see them on the editor toolbar, or on the left here…
- People and contacts – very important section: to add people you start adding their usernames to the fields, and the machine will auto-suggest their names for you. These people need to be registered users as well (otherwise the machine won’t know them). You don’t have to add every single person in your neighbourhood, but the core team is a good start.
- Initiative email: a group email you all share, if you have one
- Core team (these people need to be registered users – read the registration guide)
- Criteria response form: for those seeking ‘officialness’, some questions for you
- Media point of contact: appears in the ‘Media and visitors contact directory‘ for journalists and visitors
- Volunteer point of contact
- Web point of contact: can also edit the initiative profile
- Initiative profile also editable by: lets you add other users who can help edit the profile
- Members of initiative: some others you may wish to add
Add some Further information:
- Related projects: Projects in the Projects directory
- Website home: address of your initiative website if you have one
- Other web identities: flickr, Facebook, etc. etc.
- News feed: RSS feed from your site
- Mailing list address: if you have one
- Tags: add some specific terms to describe your initiative
- Attach files: if you must!
Now Save the profile
This will take you to your Initiative Profile page. But to find it otherwise, keep going..
Step 4: how to find your initiative in the Initiatives Directory
Select the ‘Initiatives’ dropdown choice below ‘Community’ in the menu, or follow this link to the initiative directory.
- Search for your initiative in the search box, on the map, or try going alphabetically, whatever suits
- You should see a list (or just one) as below
- Click on the name of your initiative and you should go to step 5…
Initiatives directory example screengrab
Step 5: view your initiative profile page
- Have a look at it
- Because you are logged in, and have rights to administer the initiative profile, you should see the ‘Edit’ tab at the top of the information
- Click on ‘Edit’ and proceed back to step 3…
Here is one we made earlier with some information completed; yours won’t have so much information on it:
and hey presto! .. One initiative profile more can appear on the map, and help Transitioners find eachother easily and quickly.
Good work all!