Between feeding Twitter for @nordichorizons, recording the weekly Lesley Riddoch podcast and scheduling a variety of filmed artefacts; there seems to be little time to come and update this blog. But here goes.
Nordic Horizons is a think tank which brings Nordic subject matter experts to Scotland to meet and interact with a variety of academics, civil servants, politicians and those interested members of the general public. Its' meetings are held either in Edinburgh University or the Scottish Parliament. My role is to live tweet the events as they happen, curate the presentations, edit an audio recording of the events and post both on line. I also filmed, edit and post an interview with the keynote speaker(s). The website , www.nordichorizons.org , acts as a repository for the keynote slide sets, a Soundcloud channel for the audio and Vimeo channel for the video interviews. I do curate these artefacts. Having seen some archives where material is 'copied and pasted' with no editing; I still believe conscious choices have to be taken when you are attempting to put serious content in front of communities of interest.
On the podcasting front, the Lesley Riddoch pod has a healthy audience, a growing Facebook group and some lively interactions. I have been standing in a cinema queue and someone has leaned over and said "I love the podcast." At many of the public events over the Referendum Campaign, people have come up and been very appreciative. It's true, the radio seems to allow ideas to flourish and develop.
Finally, in this segment, a lot of the multimedia work I have been doing has been around 'blending'. In the case of the travel series; "The Rap Series", the photos and audio work together well and are timeless. Equally, working with Fintry Development Trust, together we created media packs for a variety of topics for 'knowledge exchange' purposes; ten topic areas in total. These media packs allowed different communities to share Fintry's experience by watching short narrated Powerpoint slideshows which explained, for example, how to run an insulation workshop or set up a car club. The trick is working with smart people who can explain complex things in a simple way.