Nick Booth from Podnosh talks about his role as facilitator on the Community Asset Transfer programme. Nick was asked to start this website to capture the story of the community asset transfer transfer programme and record the learning journey of both officers and community activists involved.
His expectations of simply providing a place for participants in the transfer project to tell their stories changed, as this also became a social reporting project and he has called on his “old media” skills to capture the learning, experiences and journeys too.
Advice to other Local authorities and officers:
- Don’t be afraid to tell the truth of your experience as you go through the process. This will be a useful assessment and understanding of how successful the process was for you and others.
- This sort of open transparency should be used in all other communication methods too, and should eventually affect your organisations expectations of it self.
- Don’t be afraid to be fallible, your humanity will strengthen the process and engagement will be deeper.
Advice for third sector organisations:
- Use online tools such as blogs and video as your project progresses because in the end this will help you understand what you’ve achieved and the process. ,
- Don’t just limit online tools to telling the story of your asset transfer – they are a great way to tell the everyday story of what you do and who you work with.