If you administer a community or non-profit project in the Auckland area, you can register now to participate in a free People’s Times workshop in Great Barrier Island, Epsom, Otahuhu, Avondale, Mt Roskill or Central Auckland during the week 20-26 September, in association with Auckland City Council.
The two and a half hour workshop will provide you with an introduction to:
1. the basics of 'Web 2.0' and social media, including an explanation of new internet terms and tools you might have heard of including RSS, social bookmarking, blogging and Twitter, and
2. the People's Times family of services, which offers community organisations a local, free, secure and non-commercial way of getting started with Web 2.0.
A practical session will follow the presentation, giving you the opportunity to set up a People’s Community on the day if you wish, and/or learn how to use some of our great tools and features.
Numbers are limited, so for more information or to register a place, contact the People’s Times team directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning (03) 525 7434.
Dates, times and venues are as follows:
Great Barrier Island, 20/09/10, 12.30pm-3.00pm, SeniorNet rooms
Epsom, 21/09/10 9.00-11.30am, Epsom Library
Otahuhu, 21/09/10, 11-3.30pm, Otahuhu Community Centre
Mt Roskill, 22/09/10, 1.00- 3.30pm, Fickling Centre
Central Auckland, 22/09/10, 5.30-8pm, Central Library
Avondale, 23/09/10, 10.30am -1.00pm, Avondale Community Centre
Full details will be sent to participants on registration.
About the People’s Times
The advent of the ‘digital age’ represents a tremendous opportunity for New Zealand’s non-profit sector. Used effectively, the internet can help groups to communicate, organise, fundraise, publicise, network and collaborate. Yet many community organisations have struggled to participate in the web and social media, lacking the finance, knowledge or skills to get started.
The People’s Times – www.peoplestimes.org.nz – is a free community web service designed especially for New Zealand’s grassroots community organisations, clubs, societies and their members.
Developed with central and local government funding, their three integrated services – the People’s Times, People’s Communities and the People’s Noticeboard – enable your group to:
* create and manage your own autonomous, ad-free webpages with built in tools and an easy-to-remember web address, without the need for specialised web skills or software
* browse, publish and discuss community news and views
* coordinate and promote your group’s activities
* interact with your members using customised, secure social media tools
* share, organise and store information, files and photos electronically, and
* find and connect with other groups locally and nationally.
Over 170 non-profit groups from all over the country are already using the People’s Times. They include residents associations, sports clubs, Marae, national charities, cultural societies, community centres, support groups and networks of community sector professionals, located from as far south as Lake Wakatipu to Kaitaia in the north.