Working with The Open University

OU plan of action

In 2008 I visited the Open University campus for the first time. They invited me to Milton Keynes to "Do cool stuff". This was the communication departments way of asking me to experiment with social media. Back then you could call it social media and it sounded fresh and new. As long as a few of the right boxes were ticked, I had free rein to experiment, play and have fun. From popping Continue Reading

Elevation Challenge 2015

Elevation Challenge Route

I’ll be honest.  I get jealous writing about other peoples adventures.  Especially ones like this.  But I’ve really enjoyed playing my small part in the planning stages of the Elevation Challenge 2015. Ben Treasure and Erin Duffy plan to travel from the lowest to the highest point in Europe using human power alone.  They aim to cycle 5000km across western Europe, Turkey, Georgia and into Continue Reading

Documenting Events – Kit List

Documenting-Kit

The following kit list is what I packed before heading up to Gateshead for Thinking Digital 2015. Some of these links below are Amazon affiliate links. Please don't purchase anything on a whim. Read other reviews first. I’m not saying all this gear is what you would need to document an event. It’s just some of the kit I'm having fun experimenting with. There are also some multiples as I try to Continue Reading

We created something wondrous. Now let us learn how to use it.

Me in weird glasses

I’m a different person because of the internet.  And as the internet as a medium changes, so do I.  When at first new platforms took me into conversations and minds around the world, it felt like liberation. Unfettered creativity. Freedom of information. New tools taught me new ways to learn, communicate and share. The web was a most welcome bolt on for my mind. I still find it hard to grasp Continue Reading

What’s In My Kitbag (Early 2015)

Documentally's Kit Feb2014

The kit I carry around for my work varies over time. But on the whole, I like to carry everything that enables me to talk, train and document. Tools not toys. This next month sees me speaking at the BBC in London and MojoCon in Dublin. I'll be training  and consulting in Chicago and LA and soon after documenting in the wilds of Canada. For public speaking I need projector adapters and a Continue Reading

Natalie Bennett – Leader of The Green Party

Natalie Bennett

Earlier this week I found myself ranting once again at something David Cameron said. Woke up angry about @David_Cameron’s plans to outlaw secure communications. Thinking of donating a shitload of time to @TheGreenParty — Christian Payne (@Documentally) January 13, 2015 There is almost no space now between these episodes and when he threatens the fundamental workings of the the internet and Continue Reading

One Thousand Words on Audio

iPhone running Audioboom

Sat in my shed, headphones on. My attention flitting between writing and podcasts. I can't do both. I find it hard enough to write as it is. Listening to podcasts or even songs with lyrics while writing triggers a tipping point where I can't do either. I considered starting a mailing list this week. Just text. This blog post may have been the first one. Not for any other reason other than to Continue Reading