Digital Guyana

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Hi, My name’s Pontus and here’s my introduction.

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I first heard of this project through Twitter (where else) via @podnosh who retweeted an invitation by @timdavies for interested potential volunteers to get in touch. I love volunteering  overseas – I  have previously done it in Kenya and Zimbabwe – and thought this would be a great opportunity to share my skills, meet new people and experience a new culture.

I’m focusing on HTML and CSS skills and have developed an introductory HTML course which centres around creating an online CV. It will cover:

  • How to set up an HTML page in notepad
  • HTML elements and attributes
  • Links, images etc
  • Inline styles and some basic CSS selectors
  • FTP, domain names, hosting
  • External style sheets (depending on how far we get)

About me – I’m the Web Editor for Futurebuilders, the UK’s largest  social investor,  and have previously worked with online and offline communications for several charities. Last year I spent six months as a volunteer for Leonard Cheshire Disability East and North Africa in Nairobi, Kenya, designing its website and developing other  communications materials.

I’ve also helped with online communications for the Sanitary Pad Programme in Kenya, a campaign for Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday for Action for Southern Africa and the Centre for Accessible Environments and do a lot of online volunteering through the UN Online Volunteering Scheme.

I normally blog over at Eatanicecream (although I’ve been very lazy lately).

Hi there, my name’s Chris Unitt and I’m one of the team who’ll be teaching the Web Skills course out in Guyana. I leave in just over 36 hours and the anticipation levels are rising!

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I first heard about this project in January when I got chatting to Tim Davies of Practical Participation at the Tuttle Club (London’s weekly social media get-together). It sounded like a fantastic opportunity to challenge myself, improve my training skills and share what I know with people.

The part of the course that I’ve developed centres around the use of WordPress – an open-source blogging platform that’s very simple to use and easy to adapt to the purposes of most websites (this blog uses it, for example).

I’ll post details of this part of the course later on, but the plan is to spend a day showing the students how to set-up WordPress on a server, how to tweak it’s appearance and functionality and then getting everybody to start publishing their own content.

In addition I’ll be helping to run Friday drop-in sessions (to be modelled roughly on the Social Media Surgeries held in Birmingham) and also offering short specialism around advanced blogging skills and the basics of ecommerce.

A little about – me I’m ex-lawyer turned blogger/social media consultant for the arts and cultural sector. My company is Meshed Media and I’ve worked with the likes of Maverick TV, Channel 4, Apples and Snakes and Birmingham Hippodrome.

I also organise a film competition called Film Dash and help run a (very) small record label called Culturedeluxe.

As well as posting updates here, I’ve also been asked to guest post over at My Place Or Yours, so please have a look over there.