Draft programme for skill-share day on July 26th 2014

UPDATE: This is a draft. The finalised programme is different. Read it here.


Some people like to start the day with a blank flip-chart and take it from there. Others prefer everything to be set out beforehand. In an attempt to find a happy medium, here’s an attempt at a way of structuring our day; this is open for comments so please say if you can think of any improvements.

We have been offered the use of a large room at the Durham Miners’ Hall, and have planned to hold our first skillshare session there on Saturday, July 26th 2014 from 10am to 3pm. Hopefully this will be the first of many – whoever turns up and joins in will get a say in what happens next.

Draft Programme for July 26th


Facilitator and volunteers arrive and set up space, power and networking


Participants arrive. Welcome and introductions.


On a whiteboard or flip-chart, write a list of what every participant wants to achieve today. Examples might include “get linux installed on this laptop”, “find a free alternative to program x”, “get program y to perform function z”, “learn how to encrypt my emails”, “get my free software to work with this printer”, etc.


Volunteers and all participants look at the list and pick tasks that they are able to help with.Facilitator aims to ensure that all tasks are covered, and that everyone gets a chance to contribute something if they want to.


Morning work time. People form small groups of 2 or 3, to work on each task separately.


Picnic lunch (bring your own) in the grounds


Afternoon work time, opportunity to work with different people / on other tasks, still in small groups.


Feedback session: someone from each small group says what they did. If they have unresolved problems, other people might suggest solutions. People who’ve learned new skills might say whether they could show someone else how to do it next time.


What next – discuss what we want to do next month, planning, room booking, share out tasks to make it happen.

Suggestions so far include:

1. “Install-fest” – a session aimed at getting new users up and running by helping to install and configure free software on their computer.

2. “Free Software Clinics” – anyone who has a problem with their free software (especially beginners) can come and get help and guidance from people who are either experts, or just know how to solve a particular problem because they’ve done it before.

3. Themed skillshares: participants choose a topic they want to know more about, study it and present their findings to the group as a talk or demonstration, also make use of any expertise within the group.




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