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CARNEGIE ASSOCIATE
UPGRADING FIERYSPIRITS.COM
Topic Briefing
This briefing paper is for prospective applicants to the post of Carnegie Associate –
‘Upgrading FierySpirits.com’.
Background
FierySpirits exists to serve its members. The Steering Group has established four
high level outcomes:
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Accelerated learning by members about rural development practice;
Opportunities for members to work together to influence policy
development;
Demonstrate the value of the CoP model for rural and other development.
Evidence of increased activity and engagement by CoP members
The pace of technological change has continued to accelerate since FierySpirits CoP
was established in 2008. Today, alongside Facebook and Twitter, a new generation
of mobile users are using GIS enabled apps to share different kinds of information
together, and aggregation services enable tailored collation and distribution of news
from and across a variety of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Flickr,
Google Plus etc..).
In addition to technological change, the world of rural networking is also
experiencing major changes. In December 2011 the Carnegie UK Trust report Rural
Development Networks drew attention to a changing funding and technological
environment in which those attempting to initiate and sustain rural networks are
operating. Furthermore, there remain constraints that people in rural communities
experience regarding their relationship with online networks including:
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lack of access to fast enough broadband;
information overload and a sense that there are too many networks
offering too much uncoordinated information;
some unfamiliarity with the online world and recent developments such
as Twitter; and
a continuing desire to meet and engage face-face alongside accessing
better connected and presented online networks
In this context, FierySpirits CoP wishes to refresh its offer to its existing and new
users.
Aim of this work
FierySpirits.com was established on a ‘ning’ platform in 2008 to meet these
outcomes. Ning was chosen on the basis that it offered the best (fit for purpose/value
for money/ease of use) technology available at the time.
Today, options for an independent FierySpirits network are being actively
considered. To inform into this process, this project will review opportunities to
enhance the FierySpirits platform (or suggest an alternative), especially with regard
to maximising its connectedness with other rural networks, as well as unlocking the
full potential of social media to encourage members to share their experiences, news
and know-how online. This work will help to keep FierySpirits at the cutting edge of
rural networking and may reveal new opportunities for FierySpirits’ next phase of
development.
This project will appoint an Associate to assist NW in identifying leading edge
social technologies that could complement FierySpirits’ core purpose. The Associate
will
1) Review CoP membership data and assumptions about the core stakeholders
for the site into the future;
2) Support an experiment that aims to enable FierySpirits members to share
their twitter, facebook and other material through a content aggregation
service such as paper.li;
3) Review ning functionality in relation to the features current and futures are
most likely to value and on this basis either
4) Immediately implement ways to enhance the existing site in the light of the
developing CoP business plan and stakeholder needs; AND/OR
5) Make a recommendation about alternative online platform/s that would be fit
for purpose for the next phase of development for the CoP.
The Associate (with NW) will share a report on their work with members of the
CoP.
The Associate will be chosen after an open call for proposals. The Associate will be
selected on the basis of
(1) the quality of their proposal to support the further development of FierySpirits
CoP
(2) their track record in using social networking and new media technologies to
serve online communities; and
(3) any ‘value added’ proposals may be able to bring to this topic (eg opportunities to
build on / learn together with other networks exploring similar questions,
especially those serving rural development stakeholders in the UK/Republic of
Ireland).
To discuss any element of this briefing further, please contact Nick Wilding at
Carnegie UK Trust, email: [email protected] and telephone 07515 286297.
CARNEGIE ASSOCIATE
UPGRADING FIERYSPIRITS.COM
Application Pro-forma
What is a Carnegie Associate?
Carnegie Associates are individuals who work in partnership with the Trust on
specific projects which aim to develop or support innovative practice or partnership
work in pursuit of one of the policy aims of the Trust. An Associate will undertake
work within the terms of a contract agreed with the Trust. There will be a high level
of mutual trust between the Associate and the Trust. We hope this association with
Carnegie UK Trust can confer benefits in policy and practice development work for
both the individual Associate and the Trust.
Carnegie Associates can be self-employed or employees of a partner organisation.
Where they are based within a partner organisation, it is expected that this will be a
third sector organisation but in limited circumstances, the Trust may consider
supporting an Associate from the public or private sectors. They can be based
anywhere in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
Carnegie Associate roles supporting development of the Rural Development
Community of Practice (CoP) – www.fierysprits.com
Carnegie UK Trust supports a rural development Community of Practice. Its
purpose is to:
‘Accelerate learning by activists, professionals and policy makers who are building resilient
and sustainable rural communities. It does this by enabling practitioners to connect, challenge
and learn from each other at face-face events and virtually via a social networking website.’
The high level outcomes for the CoP are:
 Accelerated learning by members about rural development practice;
 Opportunities for members to work together to influence policy
development;
 Demonstrate the value of the CoP model for rural and other development.
 Evidence of increased activity and engagement by CoP members
The CoP Steering Group now wish to appoint a Carnegie Associate to support the
increased activity and engagement by CoP members on priority topics.
A three month contract is being offered for the amount of £3.5k including
expenses and VAT (where applicable).
Call for proposals: Rebooting FierySpirits.com
Please email completed pro forma (below) with CV to Nick Wilding
([email protected]) by 9am, 2nd July 2012. The successful applicant will be
notified by Wednesday, 4th July.
CARNEGIE ASSOCIATE – PRO-FORMA
NAME
JOB TITLE
ORGANISATION
(if applicable)
ADDRESS
CONTACT EMAIL
CONTACT TEL:
PLEASE
PROPOSE HOW
YOU WOULD GO
ABOUT
DEVELOPING
ONLINE
ACTIVITY AND
ENGAGEMENT
FOCUSSED ON
THIS TOPIC (no
more than 500
words)
PLEASE INCLUDE
A TIMELINE FOR
THIS
DEVELOPMENT
WORK OVER A
FIVE MONTH
PERIOD
COMMENCING
JUNE 2012.
REFERENCES
NAME
EMAIL ADDRESS
1.
PLEASE ATTACH A COPY OF YOUR CV
2.
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