I have spent most of my life in the leisure industry. In the year 2000 my community was flooded twice this devastated my community. I was asked to stand for my local council and help to get the community back on its feet. To afford us some flood protection we campaigned for river status for our little beck and Digital Media played a large part in the process. All was not doom and gloom and at around the time of the floods we took part in the worlds first online pub quiz beating the UK Prime Minister of the time, Tony Blair.
I have for the last 9 years been involved with many projects some involving millions some very small but all important to the community. Things like the Jetty project, the boat project and the creation of one mosaic in the village and the rescue of another. The Digital media aspect of these projects was developed with help from Steve Thompson of Teesside University and through Steve I have learned to bring a new dimension in helping my community. I have become a Community Researcher for the Digital Villages, Research Network.
What I think I can bring to your workshops is a raw passion to help young and old in communities local and now international.