We’re excited to announce a new format for the London Content Strategy Meetup, the Community Workshop Sessions. Building on the success of our "content strategy speed dating" session and our facilitated debates, we’re trying a new format where you decide what the topic of the evening is, and then work in a small group to figure out ways to overcome your challenges. Check out this video where the organisers Jonathan and Richard introduce the new format. (Note: we’ll continue to organise our other event formats, including Content Strategy Lightning Talks.)
Introducing the Community Workshop Sessions (http://vimeo.com/68495709) from Together London (http://vimeo.com/togetherlondon) on Vimeo (http://vimeo.com).
Our speakers from the Government Digital Service
We're delighted to welcome two content designers from the Government Digital Service.
Graham Francis: Agile for content teams isn’t as scary as you’d think
Graham is a Content Design Lead at GDS. He was previously responsible for content at DirectGov and presented about his transition to working on GOV.UK (https://togetherlondon.com/talks/meetup/2012-04-19/francis) at our landmark April 2012 meetup, Content Strategy for the UK Government (http://www.meetup.com/content-strategy-london/events/55336962/). Tonight he’ll tell the story of his team’s transition from waterfall methods to agile, and explain why as a content specialist, moving to Agile isn’t as scary as you’d think.
Liz Lutgendorff: How we use Agile for content on GOV.UK mainstream (a case study)
Liz joined GDS in January 2012 to transition the Business Link website to GOV.UK. She’s now a hybrid content designer and coordinator for the Mainstream GOV.UK team. Tonight Liz will explain how GOV.UK uses agile processes to manage content, and how you can apply the same techniques to your projects and organisations.
What are the Community Workshop Sessions?
We’ve created this new format to allow us to work with together with other people in the group to overcome some of the challenges we face in our work. We’ll commit to working together as a group over a 2 month period, encompassing 2 meetup sessions. Here’s an outline of the activities:
We’ll start the evening with two short talks which will inspire you to work together and give you techniques and advice on how to make progress. After the talks, the whole room will create a list of the challenges we face in our work, and then we’ll vote to find the top 5. We'll then split into 5 groups, with a facilitator each, and you’ll choose the group with the challenge closest to your own. You’ll work with your group to come up with ideas about how to face the challenges and topics you’ve identified using gamestorming techniques. You’ll also get advice from the speakers. With the help of your facilitator, everyone will commit to a concrete action to take as a result of the discussion. You’ll agree stay in touch for the next two months (via basecamp) so you can follow up and share successes, learnings and setbacks. At the second meetup on 5 September, you’ll reunite with your group and catch up about how things went. We’ll start the process again, and form new groups if appropriate.
Your minimum commitment is two sessions
To make the format work, you need to commit to two sessions when you buy a ticket (£20 covers both sessions.) They are 8 July and 5 September 2013, both at Google Campus in Shoreditch. When you register for this event you are committing to attending both events in full, from 6pm-9:30pm.
Places are limited
We’ll be working in groups of 8 or less, each with a facilitator. So there are only 40 tickets available. Act fast if you want to be involved! (Our past events have had more than 100 attendees, so we expect this to sell out quickly.)
If you have a question, ask!
If any of this isn’t clear, send us a message (http://www.meetup.com/content-strategy-london/suggestion/)! We’ll get straight back to you.
6:00pm Arrive, get a drink 6:20pm Welcome 6:30pm Graham Francis: Agile for content teams isn’t as scary as you’d think 6:45pm Break (refresh your drink) 6:50pm Liz Lutgendorff: How we use Agile for content on GOV.UK mainstream 7:05pm Group brainstorming exercise (what challenges do we face?) 7:25pm Break (refresh your drink) 7:35pm Workshop beings (in groups of 8) 9:20pm Whole-room wrap-up 9:30pm Informal drinks and networking 10:00pm Event ends
Our venue: Google Campus
We’re delighted to be back at Campus, Google’s revolutionary co-working space in Shoreditch (http://www.campuslondon.com/), opened in 2012 by the Chancellor of the Exchequer with the slogan, "let’s fill this town with startups". With seven floors of flexible working space, dedicated event spaces, high speed WiFi—and good coffee, of course—Campus is unique.