Cultural Playing Field

Visiting the School of Everything by Robin Simpson
January 22, 2010, 5:46 pm
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This morning I was in London to meet Paul Miller at the School of Everything – winners of the contract to build an informal adult learning online portal as part of the Government’s Learning Revolution programme. Paul already has a good understanding of the voluntary arts: he previously worked for Demos for whom he wrote the ‘The Pro-Am Revolution’ with Charlie Leadbeater. Paul is clear that local clubs and societies form an integral part of how people learn and find out about learning opportunities and resources in their area. Arts subjects are School of Everything’s most popular topics. If you enter ‘learn Morris dancing’ in Google, for example, the first result is from School of Everything. Paul was keen to emphasise that School of Everything content can be syndicated to other sites, filtered by subject or location. So a national voluntary arts umbrella body could have a search box on its website which would search opportunities relating to the relevant artform in the School of Everything database. Or a local authority could include a search box on its website, filtered by the relevant geographical location. We agreed that Voluntary Arts will work with School of Everything to test the new facilities for clubs and societies to ensure they meet the needs of local voluntary arts groups.

Robin Simpson.

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