After a lot of planning, we’re finally at the stage where we can start recruiting volunteer surgeons for our programme of Social Media Surgeries around the city. Each surgery will be hosted by Tom Allan, who is a freelance multi-media journalist, who has a history of helping out local organisations like the Craigmillar Chronicle, or me, Ally Tibbitt. However, we’re going to need loads of volunteer surgeons to make it work too.
What’s a Social Media Surgery?
The Edinbuzz Social Media Surgeries aim to help community groups, no matter how informal, get online using free tools that are already out there. We believe that nearly every community group, from a mother and toddler group, to a community council, or perhaps even a more established charity can benefit from a bit of help to get their message accross. Social Media Surgeries are informal gatherings where ‘patients’ get free one-to-one help from ‘surgeons’ – and it’s the patients who set the agenda. So, it’s not a training course – more like coaching. We plan to follow a recipe for these events like the one Podnosh sets out here.
What’s in it for you?
What do you get out of being a Social Media Surgeon? Well, you get a warm fuzzy feeling for helping other folk who are doing good around Edinburgh get set-up online. You also get to meet lot’s of other great folk, a listing on this website, and as much free local PR as we can get you, if you like that sort of thing.
What skills do I need?
You don’t need any particular qualifications, but it obviously helps if you already use some form of social media on a regular basis – like Facebook, Blogger, Flickr, or Twitter – or all of the above, or of course any of the millions of other websites out there that count as ‘social’ media.
If you spend time being social online – chances are you’ll have a lot to offer someone who has never used any social media tools before. First and foremost, these surgeries are about helping people communicate better, not about the technology though – so even if you don’t consider yourself an expert but you do use social media tools for writing, or PR, or marketing, or fundraising you can probably help.
When and where will the surgeries take place?
The first lot of Social Media Surgeries will take place between January and April 2011, between 6.30pm and 7.30pm in the evening. They’ll mainly be in libraries, which have rather good free facilities. If you have a look at our events page you’ll see a calendar on the page, with details of when and where the events are. HINT – you might need to make sure it’s showing dates in 2011 before you can see anything. There might be a pre-Christmas get together too – although I’ve not set the date for that yet.
Sounds good! How do I sign-up?
To sign-up to be a surgeon, drop us a line via the contact page to let us know a bit about you, and ideally which events you can come to.