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I’m looking to build a team

You’ve probably found this page because you clicked a link, so thanks for that. 🙂 

I’m Daren Forsyth and I am the new Chief Marketing Officer for a “Start Up” Charity called 

TAG International Development (TAG ID)  

…and we are looking to hire interns for the summer. Interested ? Read on… 

TAG is different in many ways; our focus is to share unique expertise in developing countries. Our goal: to “Change Lives by Sharing Expertise”. 

For a bit more detail on TAG ID, you can visit the website I have inherited: http://tagdevelopment.org I have altered the text since joining; in all honesty, that is as far as I can improve things without a team. This may be where you come in… 

Here’s our deal: If you don’t know me, or you don’t follow me on Twitter, you could check my LinkedIn Profile to understand a little more about who I am and what I’ve done (Search Google too for some additional info about me, if you’d like). I’m hoping you might be able to help with the next chapter. 

The roles are digital/online-based and the projects are in areas of Social Media, Social Change and Non Profit models that change lives. 

The team I’m looking to build has three components: 

Technical – Geek (only true, real and proud geeks need apply) 

If coding and data are your passion, I reckon I can give you some stretching tasks, as well as some basics support tasks too. 

Do you enjoy creating mash ups? 

Do you know your way around FaceBook, Google, Flickr and Twitter API’s? 

Are you happy working remotely as well as part of a group in a dev/office environment? 

Creative/Digital Designer 

Can you create and design beautiful things to look at, but in a way that the information/content is easy to absorb/access in various media formats: paper, web pages, wallpapers, backgrounds, tee shirts, video credits/edits, anything, really. 

Are you passionate about branding, or are you anti brand? No matter. If brand concepts interest you, talk to me about that. 

You must have a legal copy of Photoshop on your laptop. If you don’t have a legal copy, we will buy you a Student license– if you are a student. 

Content/Conversation/Communication “The 3C Hybrid” (I just made that up) 

Dovetailing with your tech and creative team mates (and me): you’re able to create engagement opportunities and conversations, you always share as much as you can, you’ve always done that naturally, and you adore connecting people with things/stuff that you or someone else knows. 

Maybe people have said to you: “You’re too honest”, “How do you know all this?”, “Wow, your blog post was brilliant”, “How do you do that?”, or “What is it that you do, again?” 

Maybe you have been studying PR, or Media Production, or even Marketing? 

The “3CHybrid” is going to be the trickiest person to find because, truth is, I’m not going to know until I meet you if you’re the right person. So, engage me online, ok?  And let’s see where it goes. 

Now, a little about us and how we are looking at this internship: 

We are always up for listening to *you* and learning from *you* –especially if you have ideas about how things could work better for all of us. (It’s not a one-way street, although making a great cuppa tea can go a long way). 

You can work from home, your local  park, coffee shop, or library. We don’t care.  But you will have to: 

1. Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it (Fair?) 

2. Come to #ThatLondon when we need you. We will pay your expenses and put you up, when needed. (It could be fun) 

3. Not just talk, but “DO”. We love conversations, and not just those limited to work. But you’ve got to know how to “do”, as well. (Actions, not words, are what you’ll be evaluated on- not what you said or how eloquently you said it.) 

Also: We will pay you a meager weekly wage and some expenses; you’ll get a lunch allowance too, except on days when you’re with me and I’m buyin’. (Remember: there is no such thing as a free lunch.) 

We respect and appreciate everyone’s skills and talents–everyone’s! (We may take the piss a ‘lil’, and we encourage you to give it back.)  

You will be part of a four-person team. There’s no room for prima donnas. If you can’t work in a team, you will struggle and be unhappy quite quickly. (So, if you know you can’t hack it, please don’t apply.) 

We don’t have fixed hours or days of work. We don’t really have holidays, either. But if you need to rest, then rest-and come back to us “up for it”. (We work hard, really hard. We’ll need you to do the same.) 

As part of our team, working with us on game-changing projects, you’ll meet great folks, make invaluable contacts, go to unforgettable events and gatherings. Mainly though, you’ll participate in and deliver something truly amazing this summer. I promise.  

If you’re still reading this, fantastic. Come to Twitter, say “Hi” to @TagDaren, and accompany your greeting with a message that “says” you in 140. Oh, and please add the hashtag, #TagID. 

Good luck! –  Daren

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I’m looking to build a team.

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Hey … You’ve probably found this page because you clicked a link, so thanks for that :).

I’m Daren Forsyth and I am the new Chief Marketing Officer for a “Start Up” Charity called

TAG International Development (TAG ID) and we are looking to hire interns for the summer. Interested ? Read on…

TAG is different in many ways; our focus is to share unique expertise in developing countries. Our reason to be is to “Change Lives by Sharing Expertise”.

For a bit more detail on TAG ID, you can visit the website I have inherited http://tagdevelopment.org I have altered the text since joining, in all honesty that is as far as I can improve things without a team. This is where you might come in.

So here’s the deal… If you don’t know me, or you don’t follow me on Twitter, you could check my LinkedIn Profile to understand a little more about whom I am and what I’ve done ( A Google search has a few results too). I’m hoping you might able to help with the next chapter.

The roles are digital/online based and the projects are in areas of Social Media, Social Change and Non Profit models that change lives.

The team I’m looking to build has three components:

  1. Technical – Geek (only true, real and proud geeks need apply)

 If Coding and data are your passion, I reckon I can give you some stretching tasks as well as some basics support tasks too.

Do you enjoy creating mash ups?

Do you know your way around FaceBook, Google, Flickr and Twitter API’s?

Are you happy working remotely as well part of a group in a dev/office environment?

 

  1. Creative/Digital Designer

Can you create and design beautiful things to look at, but in a way that the information/content is easy to absorb/access in several forms of media format?  You know… paper, web pages, wallpapers, backgrounds, tee shirts, video credits/edits, anything really.

You might also be passionate about branding, or you might be anti brand, whatever… if you have an interest in brand concepts, I’d like to hear them.

You must have a legal copy of Photoshop on your laptop. If you don’t have a legal copy, we will buy you a Student license if you are a student.

 

  1. Content/Conversation/Communication “The 3C Hybrid” (I just made that up)

Dovetailing with your tech and creative team mates (and me), you’re able to create engagement opportunities and conversations, you always share as much as you can, you’ve always done that naturally, you adore connecting people with things/stuff you  or someone else knows.

Maybe people have said to you “You’re too honest”, “How do you know all this?”, “Wow your blog post was brilliant”, “How do you do that?” or “What do you do again?”

Maybe you have been studying PR, or Media Production, maybe Marketing?

This is the going to be the trickiest person to find, because the truth is, I’m not going to know until I meet you who the right person is.  So… engage me, online, K!? And lets see where it goes.

A little about us and how we are looking at this internship.

We are always up for listening to *you* and learning from *you* about how things that could work better for all of us. (It’s not a one way street, although making a great cuppa tea can go a long way).

You can work from home, your local park, coffee shop or library, we don’t care, but you will have to:

1, do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it by (fair?)

2, you’ll have to come to #ThatLondon when we need you. We will pay the expenses and put you up when needed.  (It could be fun J)

3, not just talk, but “do” too. We love conversations, and not always about work, but you gotta know how to “do” too OK (actions, not words are what you will be appraised on, not what you said and how you said it).

We will pay you a meagre weekly wage and some expenses, a lunch allowance to accept on days when I buy you lunch (remember there is no such thing as free lunch).

We respect and appreciate everyone’s skills and talents, everyone! (we may take the piss a lil tho and we encourage you to give it back)

You will be part of a 4 person team, if you can’t work in a team, you will struggle and probably be unhappy quite quickly (no Prima Dona’s OK)

We don’t have fixed hours or days of work. We don’t really have holiday days, but if you need to rest, then rest and come back “up for it”. (we work hard, really hard)

Between the three of you (hired interns) and all the connections and projects we have, you will deliver something truly amazing this summer, I promise. You’ll meet some great contacts and go to some great gatherings too.

If you’re still reading – come to twitter, say hi to @TagDaren with your own message and add the hashtag  #TagID.

Good luck J – Daren


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50 Words – Fifty Images

Just a little experiement. I’ve heard people talk about  the creativity of crowds and co-creation.

So I’ve got 50 words (some are terms) and I’m looking for fifty images that represent the word/phrase/term.

If you’ve got time and one or two words below grab *you* and *you* imagine a picture in your mind, would you put a link in the comments ? Maybe you can find the image here on flickr or on Google Images

YaY!!! Posterous makes it so easy to ask and share 🙂

Thanks for reading, hope to see some gr8 images.

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Knowledge

Greatness

Democratic

Transparent

Respectful

Stories

People

United Nations

United Kingdom

Israel

Human  

Media

Social Media

Corporate Social Responsibility

Global

Healthcare

Preservation

Creative

Training

Tourism

Focused

 Agile

Competence

Wisdom

Sharing

Collaborative

Community

Africa

Connectors

Supply Chain Management

Regional

Youth

Medicine

Volunteer

Life

Natural

Commercial

 Bright

Innovative

Ambitious

Professional

Experienced

Capacity Builders

Social Development

Government

Expert

Sustainable

Asia

Caucuses

Peace

 

 

 


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A Quotation from Anais Nin

“It takes courage to push yourself to places that you have never been before. To test your limits. To break through barriers. And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.“

You can learn more about Anais here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ana%C3%AFs_Nin

I thought the quote was beautiful enough to create a page and share.

 


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#140Conf – Tel Aviv – Israel

I’m still recovering from my trip to Tel Aviv. I’m still thinking about my trip to Tel Aviv and how I happened to find myself there, “representin”.

I have many many people to thank. So I’m going to try like this, A Twitter List for you to follow http://twitter.com/DarenBBC/irlcontributors-4 , some photo’s and some thoughts, experiences and emotions I went through. If that sounds interesting then please do read on, I hope you enjoy, it was EPIC for me.

London Heathrow – T5 – Jayne had the great idea that I drive myself to H/Row and park using long term parking. I found a new service that meets you at the short term parking area and takes your car away for you, then when you return, they meet you back at short term.
Alfred the Jag
Perfect and only a £5 premium, which given a black cabbie quoted £100 one way to heathrow, it was a no brainer.

Heathrow T5 8.45pm on a Saturday night was deserted, if you’re going to fly, fly then, it was heaven.

Empty T5 Heathrow

Charity Gallery - Heathrow T5
Take off was 10.30pm and I have to say the British Airways plane was great, got us in 30 mins earlier at 5.00am. I spoke to the crew because I thought the plane was new, but it wasn’t it had been refurbed. Good job, it felt new. Whilst chatting with the crew, I found out that they would be on my flight home, they were staying in Israel the same amount of time as me, 26.5 hours, of which I slept for 1 hour between 8.30am to 9.30am and 3 hours between 1.45am to 4.45am. I’m not complaining, but I;m not in my 20’s anymore, i’m still feeling the pain of no sleep.

Jeff Pulver graciously offered me the use of his hotel room to shower and change before Conference, I woke Jeff up at 6am, I was earlier than expected. Jeff bought me coffee and cake and gave me some background to Tel Aviv and his activities there, the key to his room says how highly he’s thought of in the tech powerhouse that is, Israel.

Jeff Pulver Room Key
So…quick kip, shower and change into the suit and tie. I was later to find out I would be the only person in a suit and tie 🙂 [ I like that]

The cab ride, was I have to say, that of a middle eastern experience, no english from the driver and no idea where the venue was, Coool! 🙂 I was running a bit late, but, I’ve learnt on my travels, let destiny take it’s path, I’m powerless in effecting the outcome.

Taxi Tel Aviv
I arrive just as Jeff is finishing his intro, the energy and buzz in the room was off the scale, physically, there was standing room only. I had my suit carrier and “man bag” so felt very concious walking to the front of the room, there were 200 people plus. Once settled I was greeted by smiles from the people that surrounded me. Jeff then announced to the audience that I had arrived and the room applauded, I felt joy, embarrassment, great pride and a real sense that I was “welcome”. I was in room of full of Israel’s “thought” and “geek” leaders and achievers.

Audience at #140Conf Tel Aviv

First up was Yossi Vardi – The Grandfather of the Israeli Tech Sector, founder of ICQ. Amazing charisma, wisdom and humour.

The laughter and engagement from the audience was amazing, and so natural, it was just part of what seems to happen when a couple of hundred tech/media/education/spiritual/young/old/political/music/finance related people get togethr in a room. There was a stage, with mic’s and seats for “speakers and panelists”, but that stage was for audience “use” too. I learnt, that Israeli’s take part, they don’t sit back and think it, maybe talk it down in the corridors quietly, they say it, share it, challenge and act. If it was too cold, someone shouted, “turn the heating up” or if someone said something funny ( which they did a lot) lots of people would laugh, but laugh properly and look at each other while they laughed. It’s a tough subtlety to describe, i guess you had to be there :-).

And “be there” I was… Lot’s of people chipped in cash to make the experience (trip) possible, and I have expressed my gratitude to you all in some way, but there are seven people I’d like to really show my deep appreciation to. They were the catalysts, and often the work of the catalyst is under valued, if valued at all, as it’s often forgotten, but is actually the vital spark that is always required. So…here are the catalysts, thank you once again.

http://twitter.com/digitalmaverick – He suggested asking the community on Twitter for funds – Drew is a teacher

http://twitter.com/bensaint – He made it clear, very clear he would make a major donation early on – Ben owns Evolv Digital

http://twitter.com/gemmawent – She matched Ben’s support within minutes – Gemma is founder of Red Cube Marketing

http://twitter.com/scottgould – He confirmed covering the cost of flying within 30 minutes of my appeal. Scott is a partner in Conference Group #LikeMinds

http://twitter.com/drewellis – He is Scott’s business partner and signed off flight costs within minutes of Scott’s suggestion

http://twitter.com/robocallaghan – My 1st “Chip In” donator, and what a donator. Just amazing.

http://twitter.com/JeffPulver – He invited me to Tel Aviv

Next edit, I will go into some of the people I met. Until then enjoi the music vid. The tempo is reflective of the intensity experienced and the “here I am” line sums up my feeling once I’d settled into my seat for five minutes.

Daren


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I’m still recovering from my trip to Tel Aviv. I’m still thinking about my trip to Tel Aviv and how I happened to find myself there, “representin”.

I have many many people to thank. So I’m going to try like this, A Twitter List for you to follow http://twitter.com/DarenBBC/irlcontributors-4 ,  some photo’s and some thoughts, experiences and emotions I went through. If that sounds interesting then please do read on, I hope you enjoy, it was EPIC for me.

London Heathrow – T5 –  Jayne had the great idea that I drive myself to H/Row and park using long term parking. I found a new service that meets you at the short term parking area and takes your car away for you, then when you return, they meet you back at short term.
Alfred the Jag
Perfect and only a £5 premium, which given a black cabbie quoted £100 one way to heathrow, it was a no brainer.

Heathrow T5 8.45pm on a Saturday night was deserted, if you’re going to fly, fly then, it was heaven.

Empty T5 Heathrow

Charity Gallery - Heathrow T5
Take off was 10.30pm and I have to say the British Airways plane was great, got us in 30 mins earlier at 5.00am. I spoke to the crew because I thought the plane was new, but it wasn’t it had been refurbed. Good job, it felt new. Whilst chatting with the crew, I found out that they would be on my flight home, they were staying in Israel the same amount of time as me, 26.5 hours, of which I slept for 1 hour between 8.30am to 9.30am and 3 hours between 1.45am to 4.45am. I’m not complaining, but I;m not in my 20’s anymore, i’m still feeling the pain of no sleep.

Jeff Pulver graciously offered me the use of his hotel room to shower and change before Conference, I woke Jeff up at 6am, I was earlier than expected. Jeff bought me coffee and cake and gave me some background to Tel Aviv and his activities there, the key to his room says how highly he’s thought of in the tech powerhouse that is, Israel.

Jeff Pulver Room Key
So…quick kip, shower and change into the suit and tie. I was later to find out I would be the only person in a suit and tie 🙂 [ I like that]

The cab ride, was I have to say, that of a middle eastern experience, no english from the driver and no idea where the venue was, Coool! 🙂 I was running a bit late, but, I’ve learnt on my travels, let destiny take it’s path, I’m powerless in effecting the outcome.

Taxi Tel Aviv
I arrive just as Jeff is finishing his intro, the energy and buzz in the room was off the scale, physically, there was standing room only. I had my suit carrier and “man bag” so felt very concious walking to the front of the room, there were 200 people plus. Once settled I was greeted by smiles from the people that surrounded me. Jeff then announced to the audience that I had arrived and the room applauded, I felt joy, embarrassment, great pride and  a real sense that I was “welcome”. I was in room of full of Israel’s “thought” and “geek” leaders and achievers.

Audience at #140Conf Tel Aviv

First up was Yossi Vardi – The Grandfather of the Israeli Tech Sector, founder of ICQ. Amazing charisma, wisdom and humour. See for yourself

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The laughter and engagement from the audience was amazing, and so natural, it was just part of what seems to happen when a couple of hundred tech/media/education/spiritual/young/old/political/music/finance related people get togethr in a room. There was a stage, with mic’s and seats for “speakers and panelists”, but that stage was for audience “use” too. I learnt, that Israeli’s take part, they don’t sit back and think it, maybe talk it down in the corridors quietly, they say it, share it, challenge and act. If it was too cold, someone shouted, “turn the heating up” or if someone said something funny ( which they did a lot) lots of people would laugh, but laugh properly and look at each other while they laughed. It’s a tough subtlety  to describe, i guess you had to be there :-).

And “be there” I was… Lot’s of people chipped in cash to make the experience (trip) possible, and I have expressed my gratitude to you all in some way, but there are seven people I’d like to really show my deep appreciation to.  They were the catalysts, and often the work of the catalyst is under valued, if valued at all, as it’s often forgotten, but is actually the vital spark that is always required. So…here are the catalysts, thank you once again.

http://twitter.com/digitalmaverick – He suggested asking the community on Twitter for funds – Drew is a teacher

http://twitter.com/bensaint – He made it clear, very clear he would make a major donation early on – Ben owns Evolv Digital

http://twitter.com/gemmawent – She matched Ben’s support within minutes – Gemma is founder of Red Cube Marketing

http://twitter.com/scottgould – He confirmed covering the cost of flying within 30 minutes of my appeal. Scott is a partner in Conference Group #LikeMinds

http://twitter.com/drewellis – He is Scott’s business partner and signed off flight costs within minutes of Scott’s suggestion

http://twitter.com/robocallaghan – My 1st “Chip In” donator, and what a donator. Just amazing.

http://twitter.com/JeffPulver – He invited me to Tel Aviv

Next edit, I will go into some of the people I met. Until then enjoi the music vid. The tempo is reflective of the intensity experienced and the “here I am” line sums up my feeling as I had settled into my seat after five minutes

Daren


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Onions, Twitter and Trust – #140Conf Tel Aviv

I had a great time on Tuesday 17th November with a five minute talk on “Serendipity” at Jeff Pulver’s 140 Character Conference at London’s O2.

Here is an AudioBoo of the speech: Listen!

Also a Video shot by Damien @b33god the link has Stephen Fry’s epic speech as well.

The speech went down really well, I received some lovely tweets about it and spent the rest of the day talking to as many folks as possible.

Then Jeff offered me a slot at the Tel Aviv 140Character Conference on December 6th.

A few folks on twitter saw my tweets about wanting to go to Tel Aviv and “represent” the UK at the conference. One great man @digitalmaverick suggested that I needed 32 Twitter friends to chip in £10 each and that would cover the flight. I slept on the idea, as I was uncomfortable it may come across as begging. But I received some tweets encouraging me next day from @bensaint , @gemmawent , @drewellis , @b33god , @juicyinfo , @dailytwitter , @joga5 , @overthewire , @dr_black @scottgould .

The result of these tweets got things to the point where #Likeminds founders @scottgould and @drewellis are sponsoring my flight cost £340 (including the ridiculous £4.50 credit card surcharge, I’m sure it doesn’t cost BA that, but hey, hard times for our national carrier, hence my loyalty and not booking cheaper options, I’m flying British Airways, because I really do think they are the best and worth the little bit extra, remember the crash landing on BA flight from Beijing last year ? Great piece of piloting).

But then still others wanted to contribute, and it’s so #BloodyBrilliant that people want to support, I thought I would create some sponsor opportunities for other costs. Taxi Fares, Hotel (1 night), Maybe some food and I thought a round of drinks for Jeff Pulver and his team.

So here goes: If you would like to take part and chip in anything from £5 to £50 I will dedicate part of my speech to the Tel Aviv audience to this incredible piece of Twitter love. I will name check and put up a photo of your Twitter avatar or Company Logo. If you have company/brand t-shirt I will wear it on some part of the journey (not on stage, I always wear my suit) take a pic and TwitPic it.

So… the additional costs budget (all approx) are below.

To and from Heathrow – £20 petrol money for Joe (21) my eldest son.

Taxi from to and from Tel Aviv Airport to the Conference venue – Not sure how much that will be, but would be surprised if over £40 each way.

Hotel, well… I guess £70 will cover that. Trick is to stay as close to conference venue as possible to reduce more taxi fares. I’ve booked flights that get me into Tel Aviv at 5.25am on the morning of the conference, I/We save a nights hotel accommodation costs like that. I leave Tel Aviv at 7.30am on Monday 7th December. So I’m in Tel Aviv 26.5 hours, I thought the less time I’m there, the more costs are kept down. Not sure how much sleep I’m going to get, praying I get lucky and BA upgrade me to one of those fully flat seats in the Business Cabin, I can sleep then. 7th December is also my son’s Joe 22nd Birthday, so I really needed to get back and I will land at Heathrow 11.25am.

Food, well no more than £15 needed for that I guess (I’m happy with a couple of Shwarma’s to keep me going).

A round of drinks after the conference… £20 I guess ?

So… there you have it. I do hope you don’t think it’s begging. I’ve been encouraged by some wonderful people and I think if we make it happen, it’s a great example of Twitter trust, love and sharing. A story of a community supporting a community member. I will of course blog the whole experience, name check and link out to everyone that takes part.

You can Chip In Here: http://darenbbc.chipin.com/mypages/view/id/7127c47a5a4869d4

Please please comment on my blog if you chip in.

If there is a balance/surplus left after the trip, we can all decide what to do with it, that sound OK ?

It’s looking like I will be the only British resident speaking at the conference, so I will do the very best I can to represent UK tweeters as the coolest on the planet.

Thanks to those that tipped this over edge to make it happen.

Daren.