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NetSquared Wellington Message Board › Nominate a great web project for Net2 .au/.nz event, 29 Nov

Nominate a great web project for Net2 .au/.nz event, 29 Nov

Stephen B.
Wellington, NZ
Kia ora

The four active NetSquared groups in NZ and Australia are running a joint, online session on 29 November. The aim is to share great projects with each other, and start to make connections between people across the ditch wanting to make the world a better place via the web.

A speaker from each of Adelaide­, Auckland­, Melbourne­ and Wellington has a chance to talk about their great project. 10 minutes to present, 5 minutes for questions.

The presentation will be broadcast live over the Internet (via YouTube streaming) and at each location we'll have a gathering (details will be sent out soon). People from all over the globe will be invited via NetSquared­.

So, who will speak for Wellington?

If you have a suggestion or want to speak to Wellington raise your hand now. Want we want is someone to talk about a project which creatively uses the web to make the world a better place.

Step 1:

Answer these questions in a comment on the meetup site:

  • What would you like to present on?
  • Why is this a great project?
  • Who will the speaker be?
  • Add an URL if appropriate.

Do this before 5pm Tuesday 23 October.

Step 2:

As we decided at the recent NetSquared Wellington event, the Wellington presenter will be agreed by popular vote. I will send out a poll via this list.

Any questions?


#net2welly organisers

Stephen Blyth --, ph 021 0325177, skype/ twitter sablyth

Julian Apatu --, ph 021 509375
Stephen B.
Wellington, NZ
Post #: 1
First nomination: from Loomio

[I'm submitting this on behalf of Ben, who we've got to encourage to join #net2welly.]

Loomio is an online platform for collaborative decision-making being developed in Wellington, New Zealand. Loomio is all about building a world where it's easy for everyone to participate in decisions that affect them.

Several hundred very diverse groups are already using Loomio - the Enspiral network of social enterprises are using it to collaboratively develop their employment contracts and write their constitution, the 19 Tory St Community Gallery is using it to collectively approve exhibition proposals, Wise Group are using it to co-create their mental health services for young people nationwide, some amazing community-driven earthquake recovery groups in Christchurch are using it to organise their projects, and the Diaspora open-source software project are using it for international collaboration and community governance.

And of course, Loomio is being used to develop Loomio itself!

There's a page on the Loomio website showing how it works here.

Happy to answer any questions.
A former member
Post #: 1
I was thinking Wellington ICT's Webrider programme may be a good topic.

By creating free and effective websites for the local non-profit sector using highly skilled volunteers we achieve two significant outcomes:

- We provide non-profit's with great web presence resources that are beyond the reach of many. We train our clients post-project in how to have strong, independent creative control over their online identity. We use graphic designers, web designers and strategic content writers/managers. We are very selective about the volunteers we recruit. Our current 25 cover these 3 disciplines and are fantastic people. They all love their roles with us.

- We fast-track the employment/career prospects of our volunteer workforce by giving them quality organisation-based projects and up-to-date referees that speak powerfully to potential employers.

This is the best way yet I have found (I was previously a strategic career positioning coach) for appropriately skilled volunteers to take the offensive in a very down employment climate and take back control of their career options. It's taken me about 6 months to create an effective, sustainable project management infrastructure around this. Now that I have, we have in Webrider a very powerful, specific model. The operational costs are minimal which is vitally important to this type of programme. At once it meets vital needs in the non-profit sector while allowing the volunteer workforce to meet their own career/employment needs in the shortest possible time. Everyone wins.

The great thing about this model is that it is transferable to all types of skilled resources in the non-profit sector and the model can be replicated and adapted in cities around the world.
Maya S.
user 47547532
Wellington, NZ
Post #: 1
Hi all

I'd like to put LawSpot forward for this opportunity.

LawSpot is a Q&A website where members of the public can ask their legal questions and qualified lawyer volunteers will answer them for free. We publicly launched in August and already have nearly 100 volunteers in Wellington alone.

LawSpot combines online and offline expertise - we are partnered with the Wellington/Hutt Valley regional community law centre and are able to tap into their decades of practical experience while harnessing the power of the web to increase access to the law for those who aren't able to get to community law centres. We understand it's the first public-private partnership of its kind in Australasia.

The site also minimises duplication of effort as it forms a searchable database of previous questions and answers. My experience volunteering at the community law centre has highlighted just how often people come in with similar questions around particular areas of law (consumer, tenancy and family law being the most common). The site isn't intended to displace the role of face-to-face advice, but rather triage demand so that only the complex or uncommon questions end up at law centres, freeing up law centre time and resources.

LawSpot is changing the way that community services are being delivered and also engaging volunteers in new ways. We are on-boarding new volunteers who like the flexibility of being able to volunteer from at home or at the office, and are also able to engage volunteers on Wellington's waiting list (our community law centre has a surplus of volunteers; LawSpot will be able to effectively share this resource throughout the country).

LawSpot is looking to expand to other regions from early next year, and we are also keen to explore potential partnerships with Australia.

Would love your comments and feedback!

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