Cultural Playing Field


Running Your Group Weekly, 7 January 2013 by Robin Simpson
January 11, 2013, 10:13 am
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On Monday I hosted ‘Running Your Group Weekly’. Daniel, Kevin and I were joined by the freelance charity technologist, Louise Brown. Louise spoke about using technology to help your committee or board operate more effectively. She described a range of free online tools including Doodle, various Google applications, Delicious and the remarkable possibilities offered by IFTTT (If This Then That) which I hadn’t come across before. You can watch the recording of Monday’s webcast at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/

Next Monday at 5 pm Running Your Group Weekly will focus on Voluntary Arts Week 2013 with Cassandra Barron joining us to talk about how to get involved.

Robin Simpson.

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Running Your Group Weekly, 17 December 2012 by Robin Simpson
December 21, 2012, 11:16 am
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On Monday afternoon I hosted the last Running Your Group Weekly of the year. Kevin, Daniel and I were joined by special guest John McBride from North West Volunteer Centre. John is the Volunteer Co-ordinator for Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013 and spoke about the City of Culture volunteering programme, given us details of some of the planned initiatives and a sneak preview of some of the major events that will be taking place in Derry/Londonderry next year. The City of Culture programme sounds very exciting and it’s great to see volunteering at the heart of the plans.

Kevin using Running Your Group Weekly to announce a new initiative offering amateur artists and voluntary groups the opportunity to help celebrate Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture in 2013 by putting on special events in the Verbal Arts Centre during the year. ‘Our City of Culture’, an initiative of Voluntary Arts Ireland and the Verbal Arts Centre, invites amateur groups to make their own contribution to the 2013 celebrations by putting on a special event or performance in the historic Verbal Arts Centre on the city walls, see: http://comartspartner.org/?p=117256.

You can watch the recording of Running Your Group Weekly at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/.

Running Your Group Weekly will return at 5 pm on Monday 7 January.

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly, 10 December 2012 by Robin Simpson
December 14, 2012, 2:31 pm
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On Monday I hosted this week’s Running Your Group Weekly in which Kevin and I reflected on our ‘Digital Creativity and the New Amateur’ seminar in Cork last week. Watch the recording at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/ and do join us there next Monday at 5 pm.

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly, 26 November 2012 by Robin Simpson
November 29, 2012, 11:02 am
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On Monday afternoon I hosted this week’s Running Your Group Weekly in which Daniel gave us an overview of the Stronger Together resources on leadership within voluntary groups and Tony demonstrated some of the community features within Running Your Group. You can watch the recording at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/. We’re beginning to build a significant following for Running Your Group Weekly. More than 200 people have watched the webcasts over the past 5 weeks. Do join us online at http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/ on Monday at 5 pm.

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly, 19 November 2012 by Robin Simpson
November 22, 2012, 4:04 pm
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On Monday I hosted the Running Your Group Weekly webcast. Kevin gave us a tour of the Running your Group governance resources and some tips on running effective meetings and Anne talked about how amateur arts and crafts groups can get involved in the exciting Epic Awards 2013. The deadline for entries to Epic Awards is next Friday 30 November, see: http://epicawards.co.uk/. You can watch the recording of Running Your Group Weekly at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/ and please join us there at 5 pm next Monday.

Robin Simpson.



Running Your Group Weekly by Robin Simpson
November 9, 2012, 3:51 pm
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On Monday afternoon, Daniel, Kevin and I broadcast the second edition of ‘Running Your Group Weekly’ which included a sneak preview of our forthcoming step-by-step tutorial on taking on a volunteer and a recap on the live online event on how to nominate someone for an honour. You can watch the recording of this week’s Running Your Group Weekly at: http://www.voluntaryarts.org/running-your-group/running-your-group-weekly/ and please join us at that address every Monday at 5 pm.

Robin Simpson.



How to nominate someone for an honour by Robin Simpson
November 9, 2012, 3:48 pm
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Daniel and I were in London on Monday to interview Lord Stevenson and Alison Bennett from the Cabinet Office for Running Your Group LIVE. I think this online event, on how to nominate someone for an honour, was the best we have done. Dennis Stevenson, who has just stepped down as Chair of the Arts & Media Honours Committee, was incredibly enthusiastic and encouraging. He urged voluntary arts groups to nominate those individuals who have given remarkable service and achieved such amazing impacts in communities across the country, to ensure they are properly recognised. Alison gave a wonderfully clear explanation of how to go about nominating someone for an honour. She also gave valuable advice on ‘tactics’ to ensure your nomination has the best chance of success. Running Your Group users from across the UK joined us live online and were able to put questions directly to Dennis and Alison. The video recording of our interview is now available to watch in the ‘Live online events’ section of Running Your Group, at: http://login.runningyourgroup.org/course/view.php?id=302 and should be essential viewing for anyone considering making a nomination.

Robin Simpson.