Digital Storyteller

 

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Very proud, and a little bemused, to be no.2 on the “Top 50 Digital #PowerPlayers14 in #ukhousing” and also no.2 on The Guardian’s list of top Digital Inclusion Tweeters

I believe we all have a duty to try to make the world a better place. That’s what I try to do every day. I love the internet and all kinds of new technologies; I am amazed by their potential to improve people’s lives and I want to pass on the passion I feel for these things to everyone I meet.

My work is largely divided into a number of complementary, activities (follow links for more details):

Social Media: I help business and public and voluntary organisations, to use social media to engage with communities and communicate their messages;

Digital StorytellingWhile everything I do is underpinned by Digital Storytelling, I run some particular projects, initiatives, and training sessions specifically focused on how to tell stories using digital tools:

Digital Inclusion: I am passionate about the power of the internet to improve people’s lives and I work hard to make sure all people can benefit;

Rural Broadband: I help engage and mobilise communities in rural areas to secure better broadband provision;

Urban Broadband : I help engage communities and businesses in measures to improve broadband connectivity in towns and cities;  and

Live Internet Broadcasting: I am Chief Executive of Citizens’ Interactive Broadcasting, a not-for-profit company which specialises in live, online video broadcasting of events, and trains others to do this for themselves.

I am a Digital Storyteller and I want to help others tell their digital stories too.

I am the originator of #twicket, the World’s First Live Broadcast of a Village Cricket Match, conceived as an idea to highlight the need for fast upload speeds on internet connections, and rural broadband issues in general, which quickly became a global phenomenon thanks to the support of Stephen Fry on Twitter.

I help businesses, public and voluntary organisations to use social media to improve the way they communicate with their customers, constituents and supporters. I am a social reporter, helping events and organisations communicate their activities to the world, and I am a founder of the Huddersfield Social Media Cafe and a co-facilitator of #lgovsm, the weekly twitter chat about local government and social media. I promote and facilitate the application of modern technologies and social media to society’s issues and problems.

I have worked at senior level on Digital Skills strategy, Digital Inclusion, Public Sector transformation using technology, and the role of ICT in regeneration.  My career includes six years as Director of the South Yorkshire FE colleges’ consortium, and four years as European funding advisor to the FE colleges of Yorkshire & the Humber. Much of my earlier career was spent in the fields of community development and social enterprise, including two years as Chair of Community Enterprise UK.

I was one of 3 people who were the first visitors ever to be allowed to use social media from within 10 Downing Street.

I am experienced in social reporting, including aiding local communities to tell their stories through local websites, youtube channels, and event reporting. I do reporting of events myself, including live blogging, live video-streaming, vox pop interviews, photography, and audio recording. You can find out more about my work portfolio here.

I was born and spent much of my earlier life in Nottingham, and went to university in Durham. I have lived and worked in the West Midlands, and now live in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. I am a long-distance, mainly absentee, supporter of Notts County Football Club, avid follower of the England cricket team, and lover of what they call “classic rock” music, particularly Rush and Magnum.

You can find more about me at  http://uk.linkedin.com/in/johnpopham

If you want to hire me to advise your organisation, amplify your work or organise something interesting, probably the easiest way to contact me is via Twitter

email – john[dot]popham[at]johnpopham[.]com

Can I do something for you?

Social Housing and Digital Exclusion

Social Reporter

Engaging Communities and Public

At 10 Downing Street

Left to right: John Popham. Monica Tailor, Nick Booth, David Cameron

Other places I can be found on the internet

My youtube channel http://www.youtube.com/syfec1

My videos on Vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/user1541305

My photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnpopham

Archives of live video streams

http://bambuser.com/channel/johnpopham

Audio http://audioboo.fm/johnpopham

Stuff I find and want to share http://johnpopham.tumblr.com/

16 thoughts on “Digital Storyteller

  1. Really interesting posts on your blog (even if they are your own views) ;) There is a lot of food for thought and you are one of those people who care and are totally involved in what you do. Keep doing what you do, it makes a difference.

  2. John – sent you a note on Twitter then realised you’re not following me, so apologies for taken this route!

    Saw your tweet re: “Maid in heaven”, if you want a copy of Bill Nelson’s finest 2 mins and 29 seconds then drop me a line.

    Ross

  3. My band supported Magnum many years ago at Retford Porterhouse. The guitarist lookd like the lion out of the Wizard of Oz. They were lovely people. I had forgotten all about it until I came here.

    • I last saw Magnum at the Holmfirth Picturedrome last Autumn. Tony Clarkin, the guitarist, is totally bald these days

  4. Welcome to the world of self employment John. Magnum… Chase the dragon….wow…. My fav Rush album would be difficult to name…. Carress of Steel most likely, The Necromancer….. Bytor and the snow dog!, many otheres, red Barchetta…. I could go on, and on…. hmmmmm

    Memories…..

    Moving on-
    This is the most amazin of times to live in…. the things that we’ll collectively be able to achieve will be amazin…. the best of us, and by ‘us’ I mean anyone that ticks the boxes 1. human, 2.pulse, will be read about in the years to come.

    The opportunities for this change are in the hands of the individuals, who will be empowered, the ‘system’ is changing and therefore very exciting to many. Very scary for an awful lot of people too. I find the most difficult things are the most rewarding, The project, which I’m hoping it’s one of the things we have common ground, has been aimed to opperate in this new climate of change. The fun I have in overcomming the obsticles in the way, the amount of people who’ve for some reason have underestimated my talents, all my peers in business are fascinated by my project, nearly all agree that it’ll be impossible to do. It’s spurred me on because I can see a way to achieving my goals.

    I hope you’re on board, if you’re not, there’ll be no exemption in the future. remember, 1. human, 2. pulse, The level of trust may be different, but thats in your hands. I want people around me who believe….

    Whatever you decide, (and, with respect, I need some feedback today please, one way or the other), I’d like to wish you every success. The best advice I can give is – Make sure you enjoy it!, ‘cos we’re only here once (aledgidly….lol)

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  8. Hi John, looks like you’re based somewhere near here (Slawit), do you know of Graham Mitchell – instigator of the Green Valley Grocers Co-op here in the village, and the local energy co-operative. He’s also trying to get decent broadband to the Colne Valley in a separate project – seems you should know of each other if you don’t already ;-) Fiona
    Will hook up with you on Twitter.

  9. hi matey…… accidentally found your site whilst lookin online for magnum and retford porterhouse. my band also supported magnum at the very same venue…….. absolute joy and they were total gents! hope your memories are as kewl and vivid as mine….. rock on…. mychyT

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