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Informal Adult Learning consultation May 28, 2008

Posted by Stuart Parker in Informal learning, Social Enterprise.
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The Dept. for Innovation, Universities & Skills (DIUS) are currently running a consultation regarding the way forward for informal adult learning. It’s been running from January so we’re a tad late on this but the consultation is open until June 12th so at least there’s time to have a look at the proposals and responses etc from the likes of NIACE.

Just a quick aside, no more posts from me now until after June 7th. The proposed NBSE meet is planned for the following week so we’ll pick things up again about then.

Wordcamp UK (Birmingham) May 21, 2008

Posted by Stuart Parker in chat with us, Informal learning, Meeting, NBSE, Social Enterprise, social media.
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WordCamp UK is an informal gathering of WordPress bloggers, podcasters, designers and developers. There is to be an event in July based in Birmingham. As NBSE recognises that blogging has a somewhat prominenet place in our plans / project, we thought it would be a good platform for us and anybody else to discuss our aims and objectives within a specific blogging context. We have requested a slot at the event and will post more information as and when we have it.

As an aside, the wordcamp UK blog has been set up and run by one of the NBSE group members, Mark Steadman.

Informal learning in 10 minutes May 20, 2008

Posted by Stuart Parker in Informal learning, NBSE, social media.
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Via Steve Mackenzie

Adult Learners Week May 12, 2008

Posted by Stuart Parker in NBSE, Social Enterprise, social media.
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Thought it might be useful to do a quick blog on Adult Learners Week which runs from the 17th – 23rd May this year. I’ve been involved in adult education for nearly a decade now and i’m keen for the NBSE project to play a big part in harnessing social media for the benefit of these learners, amongst others.

Wouldn’t it be good if our project could be part of the celebrations next year?

A little light research May 12, 2008

Posted by Stuart Parker in NBSE, Social Enterprise, social media.
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One initial thought is whether we are reinventing the wheel here. Is this kind of thing already happening?

E-Skills UK is currently working on a 5 year strategic plan and the latest revision has some interesting stuff, only after a quick five minute scan, already there are loads of thoughts popping into my mind on how our proposed venture can tackle some of the issues raised. I’ve also found myself going “but what about this?” and “why don’t they talk about that?”. Anyway, i’ll post some more on the plan when I’ve had chance to have a good read.

There are many different avenues our project can take but from my own point of view, the E-Skills things seems pretty relevant and to answer my original question. ” What took us so long to get started?”

How and why NBSE tag posts May 10, 2008

Posted by Kevin Rapley in NBSE, Tagging.
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As well as tagging our blog posts with relevant words according to what we are writing about, we are also using specific tags that will be propagated in places that are either relative to Birmingham or social enterprises.  At the moment, as far as I am aware, we are just using these special tagging phrases so that we will be displayed on UpyerBrum.  UpyerBrum propagates tags that either use birminghamuk or upyerbrum.  The birminghamuk tag gets placed in the Items tagged from around the web: category.  Users of upyerBrum may then decide to vote for it to be a top story.  Whereas upyerbrum gets placed in the Popular stories voted for by you: category automatically, bypassing the voting stage.  Relevant, and we hope, enciteful posts that we feel are news worthy will be added to the latter.  We will reserve birminghamuk tags for posts which, like this post, are just mentioning a method of social media application or that is less news worthy.

If you know of any other tagging conventions that we should be using to target particular websites please leave your comments below.

NBSE Facebook group May 10, 2008

Posted by Kevin Rapley in Facebook, NBSE, Social Enterprise, social media.
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As the purpose of the North Birmingham Social Enterprise will be to introduce social media to the community, we will be using social media in order to raise awareness of what we are doing in making the enterprise happen.  To kick this off, this morning I setup a Facebook group that will allow us to post up meeting dates and discuss items in a more conversational way than what can be achieved on the blog.  Although this blog is not to be in any way formal, the Facebook group will be even more so.  I have left the group open so that anyone who is interested in contributing may come along and do so.  In order to make the group accessible to the whole UK I have set the location to Global (a specific location or Global is required).   Why Global? I have seen problems with using groups before with people wanting to join a group which is only set to a certain geographic region.  I don’t wish to alienate anyone who may be able to give us some guidance on funding or the social enterprise model.

Fortunately Stuart and I, being members of the Birmingham Bloggers group, we have a ready made platform of individuals who are involved in social media and may have knowledge of the social enterprise model.  Therefore I sent a group email round to the Birmingham Bloggers to let them know about what we have planned, provided them with a link to the group and asked if they would like to be involved.

Social enterprise and social media skype chat May 10, 2008

Posted by Kevin Rapley in chat with us, Social Enterprise, social media.
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Today I have setup a skype chat which is publically available and will hopefully attract anyone that has interest in the subject so we can pick their brains.  Feel free to pop along and join in the conversation.

Social enterprise and social media skype chat