NENgage is “a new social media project which offers free training to community groups, local citizens and activists in how to use social media and online tools” in the Inverleith area of Edinburgh.
It’s being funded by local news publication The North Edinburgh News and lead by multimedia journalist Tom Allan and multi-talented writer/presenter Emily Dodd, both of whom regularly work for the BBC and a number of other organisations.
I’m volunteering at two of the sessions, and also helped Tom and Emily film four short videos to promote the events – you can see the first two of these below.
Edinburgh Freelance Fridays is a monthly night arranged by local freelancer Emily Dodd and held at Sofi’s Bar in Leith. I’ve been along to a few of them and always had a good time.
It’s an informal social gathering which is open for anyone who freelances whether full or part-time. In the video below, a short extract from the Ditch the Day Job Diaries Episode 7, Emily talks about how the idea came about.
This week I will be hosting the event from 5:30pm onwards at Sofi’s so I would love to see you there! Not only that but Sofi’s will very generously be giving away a free Tunnock’s Teacake to anyone who tweets about the event and uses the hashtag #edff and mentions @sofisbar in the tweet. And don’t worry, Emily will still be attending – she’ll be along a little later on.
If you’ve been before and enjoyed it you could tweet about the event beforehand (hint retweeting this post counts but don’t forget the hashtag and to mention @sofisbar), or if you’re there and having a good time you could tweet on the night. Either way, you will get a tasty treat
One of the good things about starting this blog has been meeting new creative people and Emily Dodd is one of those lovely new people who I’ve come into contact since the blog started up.
I’ve been amazed at how positive, creative and productive she has been in the short while I’ve known her, so as with all of the Clear-Minded Creative Types so far, I wanted to find out what her secret was, and she hasn’t disappointed with her extremely honest and generous answers below, which I found very inspiring – hopefully you will too.
The Ditch the Day Job Video Diaries are 20 video diaries I have filmed since I took voluntary redundancy in February 2012 – after ten years working in the Scottish civil service.
The videos also feature footage from a couple of adventures I went on to meet other bloggers and self-employed people from around the world and get their perspectives, including the World Domination Summit in Portland and a trip to Oslo.