I wasn't able to make it to the recent Arts Council event Digital Utopias in Hull, a one-day conference, which said it would inspire and incite debate about how new technologies are enabling creativity across the arts. Sadly I was away in Bristol teaching and I haven't been able to split myself yet so I could be in two places at once!
But luckily they did live stream it (although not that well advertised) but it did mean that they recorded the whole session and have made that available via youtube.
I received a lovely email from Eventbrite the other day telling me about what I was up to last year...events wise. So here is a quick update from them about the events that I've organised over the last year.
So I've organised 19 events that 719 people attended (nice) and 3.3 thousand looked at my events listing on Eventbrite. They also kindly informed me that Liam Shore is the person that attended my events the most last year! Sorry Liam I promise I'll introduce myself next time as don't know who you are.
Give get in touch if you want to talk about events, workshops or training.
This is a bit of a round up of what we have been doing and what we are planning on doing over the next 12 months.
So over the last year we've been running almost weekly workshops for new businesses looking to set up their digital presence, across the North West, for our client Blue Orchid. Who admittedly take a lot of the pain out of orgainsing the training events when i just have to step in and deliver the content. But over the next 12 months, we'll be running our own workshops here in Liverpool aimed especially at new businesses and the voluntary sector. And we'll be bringing you more news on these soon.
More websites!!! We are backed up with orders for new websites so we'll be working our designers harder than ever.
More knowledge sharing! You probably know that we are involved in delivering Ignite Liverpool - one of Liverpool's foremost knowledge sharing events, well we have more of those coming along, starting on the 8th January.
We're also involved, if you didn't already know, in Jelly Liverpool. Sponsored by Liverpool MI and Vision, Jelly opens up oppoortunities for freelancers who normally might work at home or in a solitary office to get together for the day and co-work. Yep co-work - working alongside someone that you might not even know. As one of the organisers it is great to be able to signpost people to others who work in a similar field or whose needs might match up. I'm always being asked about Wordpress developers and at Jelly there are alwasy loads of people I can point to and say "they can help you with that".
We're also looking to create a new event to replace Social Media cafe Liverpool even though we loved the style and format of the event - I think to many people got the wrong end of the stick as it was aimed mainly at people who were already very tech savvy. But we'll see, we might squeeze another in somewhere this year.
Knowledge should be shared as knowledge is power.
The next event we're investinig a bit of time in is going to be called something along the lines of "City Salons" with short talks from 3 to 4 people laying out their thoughts on a particular subject which is the theme of the night. Themes such as Health, Play, Business, Transport, Politics, Culture, Media and others.
Each speaker will be given five minutes to talk about their area of expertise. They sit then for a round table discussion which takes place with an interviewer. The most important element of this is the opportunity for questions to arise from the audience.
The reason for wanting to do these "City Salons" is the feeling that once again certain information doesn't filter out to the right people or that those in power aren't being questioned about the work that they are doing or have done. A conversation with a friend about 12 months ago really brought my attention to the fact that our reasons for getting involved in events like Ignite, SMC etc is the belief that knowledge should be shared as knowledge is power.
I shoud probably write more but with that kind of schedule I haven't got time right now.
That's about it folks - if you have any questions then drop us a line at the email below or at me @neilmorrin on Twitter or us @defnetmedia
You may tyhink of us as sitting back here not doing anything, but you woudl be wrong. We have been really busy building websites for other people and over the summer we have trained about 200 new business in how to build their own wordpresss sites.
I was asked a couple of months ago to write a round up of the digital sector for a local free magazine that I've written for before. Admittedly not the most popular magazine in the world but I still gave it a go especially as I hope it will attract some new blood into the sector.
The Promise, 19|07|14 – 9|11|14 Arnolfini, Bristol.
My second post of the day on Living cities consists of this piece from The Promise a show at the Arnolfini is Bristol. I stumbled into the show the other day and this piece from Warren and Mosley really amused me so thought I would repost here.
The work maps data collected from informal groups, old city records etc, but in a very insightful and amusing manner. High crime areas mapped against old peoples homes, or now defunct proposed transport schemes against illegal burn out areas from road racers.
The juxtaposition of one dataset with another is mapped out beautifully from map to map and forms an insightful view of us as we live in cities. Riotous areas exist within our cities, it is what we as humans do when we are deeply dissatisfied as a collective.
After all we are not automatons and cities should be playful, multifunctional places.
The show at the Arnolfini is good one for this piece alone so if you can go see.
Reposted from our Tumblr blog.
Yep sorry for the pun but i've just spent the past few hours at the CloudMaker show at Fact Liveprool.
I should have spent spent some time interviewing people especially the artists that were there namely Ross Dalziel - who was happily celebrating his birthday today while explaining all about the project.
But maybe I'll post more later to explain what all these photos mean.
So I have been blogging for years now and like many people I fall into and out of love with it depending on how I am feeling but I am normally in love with it but it doesn't always appear so because I am always posting in so many different places.
It was only a couple of years ago when a friend a regular blogging and social media professional described my activity as prolific...... I would add maybe not focussed at times but yes I can be prolific at times. Because I am always blogging or posting on one site or another it often looks like I am not posting here on the Defnet Media site and I suppose I don't as I have a more personal blog on my other blog over at defnetmedia.com/blog but I am going to slowly phase that out even though I love it dearly as it has my oldest posts on it - many just made from my phone.
So I will be blogging here more often and I'll be dragging in some other content too and this will become more of a blog for Defnet Media rather than for me the editor (Neil Morrin).
Reposts - I will be posting some of my better and more popular pieces here from the many sites I post on but I will mark them as a repost just so it is made clear.
I'll also be reorganising this site as I have ignored it at times so I will learn to love it once more.
So expect more soon.
Merry Christmas from everyone at Defnet.
Here at Defnet Towers, we breaking out the mince pies and warming up the mulled wine, so we thought we would take a moment to say "Thank you all for your support throughout the year".
We're really looking forward to 2016 and everything that it holds. We have projects in planning to complement the regular events such as Ignite Liverpool and Jelly Liverpool and we have work a plenty, with website building, workshops to run, advice to give and Live Streaming to ... well stream.
So for now good folks - thank you again for your friendship, advice, and most importantly work contracts.
It didn't, I just needed a title I could buzz off. A quick proviso – this may turn into a rant and there is to much history for me to go into too much detail, so you'll just have to take what I say as read or exaggerated slightly as the case may be – but hopefully you'll get my point.
Last Night was the first Cultural Forum organised by Bido Lito Magazine – The forum had been called after a number of arts/clubs had been asked by the council to pay full whack rates rather than the 20% discretionary rates which they had received the year before – this situation had been handled badly by the council or their subcontractor and so some organisations were receiving demands for money which they just didn't have. The forum wasn't just called for these reasons but also because venues in the city have been hit with noise abatement orders making it difficult for them to operate