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What (globally) keeps you awake at night?

I’m really looking forward to social reporting at the World Entrepreneur Summit on March 20, not least because the organisers are doing some honest agenda setting by asking “what is it about the current global situation that keeps you awake at night”?
As you can see from the programme there are some pretty well-informed speakers on managing through challenging times, focussing on sustainability, and accessing finance.
That’s before we get to the Open Space session on “What will the future of Capitalism look like”?
Summit organiser Rebecca Harding has an impressive record as a researcher and writer in the field, and is encouraging anyone interesting to take the survey here. In true entrepreneurial spirit the  “keep you awake” checklist of possibilities:

  • The future of capitalism
  • The macroeconomic climate
  • Climate change and environmental destruction
  • Widening inequality between the richest and poorest communities in the world
  • Under-development in Africa

… is presented in the next question as  list of possible opportunities. read more »

How social reporters can help turn old-style conferences into the new convening spaces

I’m delighted to find there’s increasing interest in social reporting around events … which may start with an enquiry about how to capture some video interviews, but can lead to a discussion about how an organisation may network with its members, clients or customers.
Over the past year I’ve had a lot of fun using standard video cameras, mobile phones to stream video to the web, videoboos on a laptop, giving Flips to facilitators, and blogging before, at and after events. You’ll find a series of posts here.
Bev Trayner and I were fortunate to work together last year on a European community of practice and major event in Lisbon which gave us the chance to develop a first-draft socialreporting toolkit, which Bev offers for download here. There’s also a work-in-progress wiki here. read more »

Videoboo now a free download

I’m a huge fan of Videoboo, which enables you to create a videobooth on your desktop or laptop. I’ve been trialing with great success at events, courtesy of Mark Rock and Matt Waring at Bestbefore Media, as you can see in posts here. They have now made a free download available here. It will upload to a general YouTube account – videoboodemo. Personalised versions coming soon. Mac only.

After Videoboo – Audioboo

Congratulations to my friends at Best Before Media, developers of the very excellent Videoboo software that I have been using for interviews, on a deal with Channel 4 innovation fund 4IP. The funding is for AudioBoo that enables tagged audio recordings from iPhones. More here from 4IP.

Reflections on social reporting an event

After a couple of days social reporting at a conference in Lisbon, my co-reporters Bev Trayner, Josien Kapma and I decided we should turn the camera on ourselves and reflect on what worked well – or didn’t. read more »

Plan to train thousands of local digital activists

Over the next few months I think we’ll hear much more about the potential for community activists to use blogs and other digital tools for social change in their localities.

One push will come from the digital mentors programme, where the Department for Communities and Local Government has now selected five consortia to develop bids in more details for the planned £900,000 support programme that I wrote about here. read more »

Two social reporting tools – Qik and Videoboo

As you can see on an earlier post here, I’ve had great fun using Videoboo on my Macbook, which gives me an incredibly easy way of interviewing people with the built-in webcam. One click to start recording, one to preview, and one to send the result straight to YouTube.

Here above is a demo of Videoboo shot on my other bit of favourite socialreporting kit, a Nokia N82 mobile phone using Qik to stream video straight to the web. You get your own Qik page, and can also embed the video in your blog post as I have here.

The slight problem with the phone is that the audio isn’t great in noisy situations, and there’s been some discussion about how to fix that with an external mic. It helps to add a tripod for stability or table top recording.

As you can see in the video here I’ve found a cradle – available online here – although I haven’t yet got the external mic connection fixed.

I think that the secret of socialreporting is finding ways to avoid ending up with loads of video that you have to edit, compress and upload.

The great advantage of both Videoboo and Qik is that once you’ve shot the video it is straight up online. With both you can keep videos private after upload until you are ready to go public.

Videoboo has an additional advantage in interviewing people – it isn’t in your face, like a camera. People are intruiged by the set up, and take control as they type in their name and then decide to record, and if they are happy, upload the result. Lloyd Davis really brought this home to me in an interview here.

More here from Mark Rock and Matt Waring of Best Before Video, who developed Videoboo.

Launching 2gether09 with lots of Videoboo

Last night at The Hub, Kings Cross, Steve Moore, curator of 2gether08, soft-launched this year’s digital festival with a taster of what’s planned. There’ll be more detail early next year, with a series of meetups and online activities through which people can pitch ideas for what they want to contribute. Steve’s plea: make it fresh. No chance for recycled content.

I took along my current favourite social reporting tool, which is a portable videobooth on a Macbook. Well, Videoboo actually, as you can see here in previous use on an iMac at Chain Reaction.

More on Videoboo in a moment. First here’s Steve with a preview of his presentation, above. (as the evening progressed I got better at staying out of the frame) read more »

What works for nonprofits on the Net

Last night we had another great Net Tuesday meetup in London, this time looking at what online tools work in what situations for nonprofit organisations. It was organised by Amy Sample Ward, who I interviewed a couple of months back about her plans to bring the mainly-US Netsquared activities to the UK.

The session last night certainly worked well, with groups first looking at blogs, Twitter, bookmarking, videos and the like, and then pooling their finding. I asked Amy for a roundup at the end, which you can see above. read more »