NAIDOC and Blak History Month

July is crazy.

In addition to the Blog Carnival Deadly Bloggers is hosting, we worked last week at Teneriffe Markets for twelve hours, which I posted about on my Iscariot Media blog.

We are also launching Dark and Disturbing in two days at Musgrave Park. HOLY!!!!!

I’m also writing for Blak History Month and I haven’t even started!!! (Sunday I promise) Follow it on Facebook or on Twitter to get your Great Moments in Blakistory Fact Sheets each day.

I also have a bunch of SEQICC duties, including meetings, social media-ing, and attending two corporate function.

I’ve done no exercise for the past two months and I’m beginning to feel it. Anita Heiss is currently training for a half-marathon, and she manages to do that and train. She’s getting up before dark, in winter, in Sydney. Surely, I could find time to walk around the park once a day?? I wish I was addicted to exercise and movement. I love it when I do it, but when I stop, I’m completely stationary.

That’s it. It’s all I can afford right now. I have a report to finish before I get to bed, and tomorrow is bump-in for Musgrave, and a couple of meetings, and a corporate gig and art exhibition in the evening. *le sigh*

Come and say hello if you’re going to Musgrave. I think we’re in tent 106. See you there!!

Cheers, Leesa


Self-employed or an enterprise: Which are you building?

I had a matter-a-fact conversation with a  new acquaintance – a business woman. She was serving me, and while we waited for my product to be ready, she mentioned that she had just finished a shift at the supermarket. You see, while she and her husband “owned and ran a shop”, they both had other jobs. She worked at a supermarket most afternoons, and cleaned two mornings per week, while once a week he drove hire buses. She was also an apprentice in the store, working and studying, so she could be soon qualified to work in be store alone. She also “did the books”. He, clearly handy with code, had written their store’s unique (and complicated) point of sale system.


Marketing the Arts: Reflections after a suburban outdoor festival

Marketing Indigenous Art

It’s the morning after arriving home from 12 hours straight (at least 11 of those hours were on my feet) at Teneriffe Festival. Selling proppaNOW tshirts and books, we barely made $100 (taking into consideration cost of goods sold and festival expenses). But, being me, I refuse to use this as anything but a learning experience. I realised while watching thousands of well-ish heeled inner-city-suburban types walk past, that we have a big job to do. There is a point to this story, so please bare with me. I need to do a quick back-track to last October.


Media Mention: Artlink

Deadly Bloggers received a brief media mention today from Carly Lane, an Aboriginal curator based in Western Australia.


RIP Gordon Bennett

Gordon Bennett passed away a week ago. Tonight was to be his exhibition opening at Milani Gallery. Today, and for the next two weeks, the walls will be bare.


Hangouts on Air

Screen Shot 2014-05-24 at 10.36.01 AMEver since Hangouts on Air was born I’ve been planning to create a regular program for The Critical Classroom. Last night we held one for the first time. What is Google Hangouts? If you’re familiar with tools like Skype, Google Hangouts isn’t completely unfamiliar.

Like Skype, Google Hangouts, is a video conferencing services that is owned by Google. Unlike Skype, Google Hangouts has a larger array of tools and potential for more than making video calls between a number of parties.

Currently there are two types of Hangouts,

  1. Video Hangouts (a private “call” between a set number of people), and Hangouts on Air (which is a live-stream, on-air, broadcast).
  2. Hangouts on Air are streamed live via YouTube.

When you host a Hangout on Air you have a number of tools, including setting a Question and Answer function, blocking and ejecting users, screen sharing and linking to Google Drive. A number of professional businesses use Hangouts on Air as a way to market their business.

This is partly how I see the After Dinner with the Critical Classroom. It’s an opportunity for us to reach a broader number of people and increase awareness of the Critical Classroom’s products and ideas.

The Hangout on Air is immediately archived to your YouTube channel, and can later be edited, using the YouTube editing features. I see a lot of potential with Google Hangouts, including delivery of education, health and social services, as well as business and marketing opportunities.

Our first After Dinner session was held last week, and I hope to do more sessions not just for The Critical Classroom, but also for Deadly Bloggers and Iscariot Media generally.

I’ll schedule in an update of this post in six months and I’ll let you know how it goes.

Cheers, Leesa


WIPC:E is over for 2014

It’s 8.50pm on Sunday in Hawai’i, and here I am blogging for the first time in how many days?!?!? I can’t believe it. I had intended to write each day but I’m afraid, each night this week I had either ran out of internet connection, energy or reliable cords, so it just didn’t happen.


Deadly Bloggers at WIPC:E

This week Leesa was proud and humbled to be presenting at the World Indigenous Peoples’ Conference on Education (2014) in Hawai’i. The WIPC:E conference was born in Canada in 1987. Every three years a new host nation takes responsibility for it. Conferences have been held in Aeotearoa, Hilo, Albuquerque, Woollongong, Calgary, Melbourne.


Quick thoughts on conference presentations

Just quickly reflecting on conference presentations, particularly ones that describe institutional programs.


I see deadly people

i-see-deadly-people2014 will see the launch of our tshirt brand Dark and Disturbing. This project will be curated and directed by Vernon. In preparation for the launch, we decided to add one of our collection to Redbubble for people to order now. It’s called i see deadly people, and those of you who know Vernon’s work, will recognise the design style.

We will be launching Dark and Disturbing properly in the second half of the year, but til then, i see deadly people.

If you would like to purchase a Dark and Disturbing design from Redbubble, click here: http://www.redbubble.com/people/darkdisturb


Evernote

Collaborative working is such a significant component of modern day workplaces. The Iscariot Media team work in different locations, and often asynchronously. Being able to access documents from multiples devices at any time of the day is imperative. The availability of cloud services mean this option is now an option for many small business. Evernote is a collaborative cloud based tool that was primarily designed for what what its name suggestions – Notetaking. I created an Evernote account a few years ago, but it’s only recently that I’ve begun to use it seriously, and now I thoroughly recommend it.

In Evernote, your documents are organised using Notebooks. Within each Notebook, you create Notes. Notebooks and Notes can be shared with your colleagues, as well as made public. Other features of Evernote include adding files (ie. attachments), setting reminders, and Web Clipper. Evernote can be downloaded and synced to multiple devices. I currently have Evernote on my phone, laptop and desktop computer. I can tell you, having files in Evernote and synced across devices, has already saved my skin (ie. saved a Sale) once.

What I’m liking about Evernote, is that the interface is straightforward, clean and uncluttered. As I’m using it more, I’m getting to know different features. As a collaborative tool, we’ve now set up client File Notes, so that multiple team members can access and edit Notes as they complete a task. Each Note, at the end of a job, can be turned into a PDF for archiving.

Like many other services, Evernote has a free subscription option, so it costs nothing to sign up and see if could work for you. Once you’ve decided that Evernote is for you, you can purchase a Premium and/or Business subscription.

I highly recommend Evernote. Are you using Evernote? What’s your favourite feature?

Cheers, Leesa

[Image Credit: “EVERNOTE, the Evernote Elephant logo and REMEMBER EVERYTHING are trademarks of Evernote Corporation and used under a license.” ]


Dark and Disturbing kinda up and running

Crazy week this week. In between everything (life, etc. ), we finally uploaded a design to our Dark and Disturbing  catalogue. We’ve decided to have two streams of designs, or two separate catalogues, one on Redbubble and one with our own hand-printed stock.


Indigenous Issues + Graphic Design

As someone who works with Indigenous issues in graphic design and art, I get asked frequently about what is okay to do. Most Australians and most workers in graphic design have little or no understanding of the issues involved in working with Aboriginal people, design and artwork. People generally ask the question, without realising that the answer is long, full of qualifications and is something that requires discussion and thought.


Introducing the WhichWay for Business

In some quarters I’ve accidentally fallen into the role of a bit of a social media expert. I’m not sure how it happened. I guess it’s because I’ve been learning and doing – creating, responding, and talkin’ it up – for four years now. I’ve been an off-the-wall (ie. via email) guide/advisor to many people who are now kickin’ it in social media and online spaces.

So people think I have a clue. It’s all very humbling and a little scary, but those who know me know that I’m always up for getting out of the comfort zone.

I’ve had in my mind the “WhichWay for Business”. I bought the domain a few years ago and have been thinking about what shape it will take. And over the past few months, I’ve been thinking that simple, straightforward, Murri-speak social media / social web e-courses is the way to go.

In the next month or so I’ll be running some face to face workshops for the Kuril Dhagun mob at The Edge at State Library of Queensland as well as the South East Queensland Indigenous Chamber of Commerce.

Both series of workshops will be similar, however the SLQ workshops will also include tools that mob can use to record and share their family histories, while the SEQICC workshops will be focused on Personal/Professional branding, business focus and publishing.

At Iscariot Media, our focus on always been on ways to show mob how to access, store, and share information and knowledge, as well as how to share knowledge and ideas. That’s how Deadly Bloggers was born.

It will be a very exciting time for Iscariot Media. We will start building the website within the month and begin trialling materials over the next few months.

We’ll keep you posted.

Cheers, Leesa

“WhichWay” in Murri-speak means knowledge, smarts, feeling good or right the way. It can also be used as a greeting to acknowledge how another person is feeling.  


Are you getting the social media audience you think you deserve?

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!


How to change your Twitter username

Your organisation or business starts a Twitter account, but some time down the track, you need to change it. This post will tell you how.


Talking about blogging at #FNAWW

Leesa was invited to present at the First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Workshop event at the State Library of Queensland in May. The event was very inspirational and there was quite a bit of “star-struckness” as the who’s who of Australian Indigenous literature turned out to be there.

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Kim Scott, Herb Wharton, Melissa Lucashenko and Anita Heiss.

Here is a link to Leesa’s presentation, posted on Deadly Bloggers http://deadlybloggers.com/blogging-for-beginners-at-first-nations-australiawriters/


Organising images on your Facebook page

Images are powerful tool in social media. Good images get shared and can take on a life of their own, As a page owner, how do you get value for your effort when it comes to images?

Here are a few tips I’ve shared with clients in the past –


New Websites, New Themes

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.


Measuring Facebook engagement: Do some users sabotage your stats?

Note: This is a really quick post that has more questions and few answers.

I use Facebook for personal and professional engagement. I have multiple pages for brands and organisations that I’m part of. On a personal level, I’m also always actively reflecting on what my personal behaviour says about myself as a user.