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About Vibewire

October 2nd, 2007 · 1 Comment

I’m sitting in the office of Vibewire on Harris St, Ultimo (Sydney). I haven’t blogged about Vibewire before, so I’ve dug up a few paragraphs that do a good job of explaining what Vibewire is and why it exists. These are from an internal document that the guys were happy for me to post:

Vibewire is built around the vision of an Australian society with significantly greater levels of youth community engagement and media-literacy and, ultimately, a more informed and participatory public debate about the issues and challenges that confront us all.

Vibewire’s goals are to:

  • Empower young people by giving them leadership and expression opportunities;
  • Enhance young people’s self-esteem by giving them a sense of belonging in a community and ownership of their destiny via leadership opportunities, self-expression and education;
  • Foster a sense of ‘connectedness’ for young people by creating significant, sustainable relationships with their peers and youth communities nation-wide (and world-wide);
  • Break entrenched cycles of apathy and alienation by creating new participation pathways;
  • Create platforms for showcasing the talents of young creatives from a variety of fields;
  • Provide a unique and inspirational environment for peer mentorship and training;
  • Develop the skills, competencies and relationship networks of our team and the youth community.

Vibewire is focused on re-engaging young people in the political decision-making processes which affect them, improving their media literacy and understanding of these processes, and providing opportunities for the creation of non-commercial arts and culture and the showcasing of the talents of young people in Australia.

Media and arts-based expression and community involvement around it are also known to build resilience and mental well-being for young people. We believe that being valued as a member of society and empowered to represent your feelings and ideas is fundamental to preventing youth apathy, isolation and depression.

Vibewire Inc. was incorporated in September 2000 by then university student Tom Dawkins. It was originally conceived of as a vehicle simply to create Vibewire.net, a youth culture and expression portal. Since that time however it has grown into a multi-faceted youth media and arts organisation with five key project areas: Vibewire.net; Online Events; Reelife Short Film Festival; Print Projects and; the sQuareOne creative project incubator space.

Vibewire is run entirely by young people (16-30). All staff, volunteers and board members (National Steering Committee) are aged 30 or under. In fact, the vast majority of Vibewire management, staff and volunteers are aged 25 or under.

A few months ago I was invited to participate on the board of Vibewire. The feeling seemed to be I was a good fit because my activism and communication work made me an obvious candidate.

Vibewire’s done some great work in the past few years – in 2006 I posted about the e-festival of ideas which is a great initiative. I was honoured when Tom invited me to join the board and I hope to make a great contribution.

I won’t post more about Vibewire here, but I thought I should post a little information so future references to Vibewire make a little more sense.

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Timformation Overload

September 28th, 2007 · 4 Comments

It’s all a bit much, really. Email, Voicemail, Facebook, Youtube, MySpace, Bebo, Blog, Wiki, Intranet… Electronic communication makes it possible for 500 people to talk to you at once, and in my case, it feels like that’s exactly what’s happening.

Don’t get me wrong – I love communicating – and it’s great to have so much going on, but I feel like I’m spinning so fast I’m blowing people off.

People that I care about – family, friends – even clients, are witnessing my lack of ‘bandwidth’… I’m working hard to move through the 300+ unreplied emails in my inbox, the 50 unanswered messages on Facebook, return calls etc. But I know that my significant delays must just come across as plain rude.

I’d like to be as respectful and courteous with electronic communication as I am with real world communication – if people speak to me, I generally say hi straight away, not six weeks later.

I’m working hard to be great at this stuff, but in the mean time, here’s a tip – I ALMOST ALWAYS answer my mobile phone, so if you’re trying to rise above the noise of my digital life, let your fingers do the walking.

All tips and advice gratefully received, you just might not get a reply. 😉

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Billionaires for Bush (Sydney Chapter)

September 9th, 2007 · 3 Comments

No time to give a significant update (stay tuned, it’s coming in the next 24 hours…) but I’ll just say that playing Phil T. Rich at the APEC protests in Sydney yesterday was a lot of fun. Our demands for “Corporate Might, not Workers’ Rights”, “Privatizing Everything” and “Devastation, not Education” were messages that the world’s most neglected minority needed to send. I’ll look forward to posting a full wrap up very soon!

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Sydney Barcamp 2 – UTS

August 20th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Barcamp 2 is on its way and I’ve checked out the 91 people who have registered ahead of me and it’s a list of people I know and people I’m looking forward to meeting. Hope to see you there.

BarCampSydney 2
Saturday, August 25, 2007 (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
This is the 2nd BarCampSydney event. Wohoo! It will be at the main building on Jones Street, UTS in the city.

When you come, be prepared to share with BarCampers.

When you leave, be prepared to share it with the world.

BarCamp is an ad-hoc unconference born from the desire for people to share and learn in an open environment.

It is an intense event with discussions, demos and interaction from attendees.

Anyone with something to contribute or with the desire to learn is welcome and invited to participate.

What’s Next?
Sign up on the wiki, check out the blog, tell all your friends, prepare your presentation, ask your company if they’re interested in sponsoring…

Venue Details:
University of Technology, Sydney
Sydney, New South Wales


Thanks to Craig Rispin for the tip…

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The Future of Media – 14th August 2007

August 1st, 2007 · No Comments

I’ll be speaking on one of my favourite topics on the 14th, so come along if you haven’t seen me give a broad overview on the Future of Media. I’ll leave time for questions so come along and stump me in front of an audience. 🙂

Here are the details…

TOPIC: The Future of Media
The ways Australians are entertained and informed are changing rapidly. In this session, Tim Longhurst will highlight emerging trends in the new media landscape and identify the consequences for business. You will see the video credited with shifting Rupert Murdoch’s attitude to the future of media and explore the websites early-adopters are already using for their information and entertainment.

Tim’s presentation will demonstrate that:
The audience has become the media
Traditional advertising is dead (or at least, it’s very, very ill)
Everything old is new again (it’s just being communicated in a different way)

Tim’s presentation will encourage his audience to:
Grow their business by better understanding the new media landscape
Benefit from new marketing opportunities by adjust their communication practices
Utilise their real-world know-how for online advantage

SPEAKER: About Tim Longhurst
Tim is a communication strategist and culture jammer. As a communication strategist he has helped global brands develop and implement online communication programs. As a culture jammer he has used new media technologies to transform the business practices of several large corporations from the outside. He blogs at timlonghurst.com


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