I’ve been seeing more and more business people hit the social media streams lately. More Indigenous businesses are Tweeting, Facebooking, Instagraming and LinkedIn-ing about their business, their crews, their products and services, and news with their networks. It’s fantastic!
As I mentioned previously, we’re gradually taking the leap from Blogger to WordPress for all our blogs. This month, Deadly Bloggers and The Critical Classroom will both be migrated. Unfortunately, the migrations are taking a bit longer than I anticipated. Note-to-self: never underestimate the time it takes to create a website.
In my opinion and experience Blogger really is a great place to try out ideas – it’s easy and it’s inexpensive. You can use Blogger to explore a concept and allow that idea to keep evolving. But, depending on what you want your site to do, you will more than likely move to a self-hosted site, like a WordPress one – there is way more functionality and control.
After much to-and-froing, I’ve decided to stick with the Twenty-Twelve theme. I want to keep this site simple and functional, with all our energies going into our project spaces. I have to say, I was really tempted to get out and try one of the new one page responsive themes. I was up very late (early in the morning) exploring ThemeForest. The one page responsive themes are perfect for portfolio sites – lots of gorgeous and eye-catching images. I’m looking forward to one day developing new sites using this style.
If you’re not sure of the one-page responses designers, have a look at Nicole Jensen‘s revamped site (which I love) and I noticed the other day that Carbon Media is also using this style. The blue on black, and the big bold circles, looks great and really suit their brand.
During the second last half of the year it occurred to me that I needed to be blogging more. My output for 2012 was decidedly lower than in the previous years. I look at folks like Anita Heiss – a prolific blogger – and I cringe at my efforts.
First, two examples –
1) For a Short Time is one of favourite songs on one of my favourite albums (Lethal by the Kilo) performed by one of my favourite bands (The Tiddas). They disbanded a few years ago and I’m so lucky that I have copies of all their albums. But. If you don’t already have a copy of their albums, there’s a really good chance that the only versions you’ll ever have access to are pirated copies (like the one in the YouTube clip above). I’m constantly wanting to tell Australian teachers how For a Short Time (and many other songs from their albums) is a fantastic stimulus text to discover Indigenous history and society. But I have nowhere to send teachers to buy a copy of it.
If you know about or use Instagram by now you’ll probably be familiar with the #selfie. I don’t agree with the current Urban Dictionary definition of #selfie, as I think it’s evolved from the world of myspace and duckface to one where a selfie is basically a self-portrait using a phone camera. The images are designed to be used online and shared on platforms like Facebook and Instagram.
I’m thinking about the barriers to collaboration when I watch this video. The Conversation team have created such a simple tool, so simple to use. But despite its simplicity and easy interface, there will still be people who will not understand or want to use it. Some will resist the tool itself, some academics will resist the mainstream exposure (which can be extremely negative), and some will resist the CC. We have to find a balance between respecting people’s own career choices (to collaborate or not to collaborate) in the face of business/institutional imperatives.
I am presenting at the Queensland Tourism Industry Council’s Increasing Indigenous participation in tourism forum in Brisbane tomorrow (Friday 25th November). I’m presenting on behalf of the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.
Below is the bulk of what I would like to say, though unless I read from the paper I won’t say it all. You can also listen to me read it at Flipzu.
Increasing Indigenous participation in business is such an large topic. Where do we even start?
Congratulations to the team at Inguides on their release of their iPhone and iPad applications yesterday and their Android application a few weeks ago.
This is probably the first mobile application by an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person. One of the hardest parts about being in business is keeping track of your vision through the ups and downs. The Inguides team should feel very proud of their acheivement and I hope continue to develop their products well into the long-term.
One a personal note, as a user, while I’m still getting used to it, I was really happy to have located an Indigenous business only two suburbs away. One that I’d never heard before.
|Thumbnails of some of the work Michael Gilsenan and I have created over the past few years under the Blacklines’ banner|
Yes. It might be Sunday. But apparently there’s no rest for the wicked – or the learning. Today I spent 90 minutes with Masters of Creative Industries students at QUT. This is the third lecture in previous semesters I’ve done in this course convened by Michael Doneman.
This time though I took Michael Gilsenan with me and we applied some the ideas of the lecture to indstury practice in the design industry. I reckon there’s a conference paper or two (and maybe a thesis) in some of the stuff we talked about today. Something to ponder ….
The Critical Classroom team participated in the annual Queensland Education Resources Expo at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.