The Garden Project

Growing networks for good

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Phase 1:
Technology for Not for Profit Groups

We will run workshops and code sprints to physically (and remotely) work together to implement internet technology and websites.

These sessions will be aimed at people who have design and/or tech skills or for those wanting to learn new skills in these areas. We plan to start July 2011]

Technologies we like: Drupal, Open Atrium, WordPress, BuddyPress, WPMU, CiviCRM and all the stuff that plugs into these frameworks.

Phase 2:
Community Capacity Building

We will be training the communities of the organisations involved in using the technologies that we have deployed, social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr), as well as training in writing, imagery and video content production.

Growing networks for good

The Garden Project is the first of many collaborative projects for Doing Something Good (DSG). We will be working to build the online communications systems with members, volunteers and other skilled professionals. Building knowledge and skills into these organisations, their members and supporters is one of the key objectives of this project. We are also inviting individuals and organisations keen to be part of this exciting collaborative venture to join a community of people wanting to develop and share their skills and knowledge and contribute to the development of a resilient and impactful network for social good.

Get Involved

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We are running an open collaborative space so please feel welcome to come along and get involved. We specifically welcome people with skills that can be shared and contributed to the project. We also welcome people who have Project Management experience, volunteer management skills and people who are good "do'ers". You can get involved at the "Garden" level and help us run the whole project.

Alternatively you can get involved as part of one of the sub teams that are forming around the project and focus on working for one organisation.

Location

The majority of the work will be based in Melbourne, however we will also be working remotely. FOE in particular has members working from both Sydney and Brisbane. If you would like to facilitate a garden session from another location, let us know. We are likely to use: Hive Studio and Hub Melbourne but are open to suggestions.

Projects

During some of the dates, we will focus on one project and on other dates we will work on some or all of the projects at once.

Beyond Zero Emissions | beyondzeroemissions.org

Redesign and rebuild of their Communications Platform (website) and expansion of CRM capabilities. The BZE Tech team are currently developing wireframes and prototypes for these systems.

Planned or existing technologies: Drupal, CiviCRM

Friends of the Earth Australia | foe.org.au | project page

Redesign and rebuild of their Communications Platform (website) and expansion of CRM capabilities. FOE has various other websites within their network that may be upgraded. Additionally we will be creating a system to aggregate and flow data between these websites and assets. The FOE Tech team are currently developing wireframes and prototypes for these systems.

Planned or existing technologies: CiviCRM. Debating to implement Drupal or WordPress/BuddyPress/WPMU

Gathering ‘11 Almanac Project | project page

Archive and document the outcomes of Gathering ‘11

Australian Map | australianmap.net | project page

Create a platform to plot the nuclear and military sites of australia in an interactive way that includes layers of information.

Planned technologies: WordPress and Google Maps

Participating Organisations

Open Source and Creative Commons

We have a focus on sharing and will be using open-source approaches where possible.

All intellectual property (IP) and resources produced for this project will be released open-source or creative commons. (This excludes branding and campaign specific IP, member data, campaign strategy and other sensitive data)

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