Off to IWMW2007

York skyline, showing York Minster
York skyline, showing York Minster. (Photo from York Musical Society.)

At lunchtime today I’m heading down to York with one of my colleagues from The University of St Andrews to the Institutional Web Management Workshop (IWMW) 2007 at The University of York.

Assuming that I can get my wireless setup properly there (unlike at the IWMW last year — mind you I was using my Psion Series 7 which couldn’t quite cope with the amount of security thrown at it!) I should be blogging from there, and may upload a photo or two to Flickr if I get the opportunity.

So it should be business-as-usual at the geeks’ conference!

New rules

I have some new rules for this residential conference, that I’m going to try to stick to:

  • Only one bag
    I usually end up taking far too much stuff on residentials, so this time I’m taking just one bag: my laptop-rucksack. Everything that I want to take has to fit into that; it’s the SAS approach!

  • Convergence technology
    I need to take as few gadgets as possible. So given that my O2 Xda Orbit phone covers GPS, WiFi, Calendar, Contacts, Phone, and Camera this is the first residential that I’m not taking a digital camera or a Psion PDA (sorry old friend!)

  • Online applications
    Wherever possible use online applications to manage resources that I might want to share with others or access at work after the conference without copying data from PC to PC via memory stick, e.g. files, email, bookmarks, RSS feeds, etc.

Wish me luck!

Climate Change Scotland

Screenshot of Climate Change Scotland blog - very green!

On Friday the blogosphere welcomed a new blog to its fold: Climate Change Scotland.

Started by the Rev Malcolm Rooney (a Church of Scotland minister of The Glens and Kirriemuir Old parish) and Eric Summers (Headteacher of Webster’s High School, Kirriemuir) the blog aims to promote awareness of, concern about, and action on climate change.

Churches and climate change

One interesting thing Malcolm drew attention to on Friday evening was how few of the mainline churches (certainly Presbyterian, Anglican, Roman Catholic and Methodist) have any reference to climate change on their website homepages.

For such a global hot topic just now (no pun intended) you would think that the churches would be leaping to address this issue, to show their relevance, and to offer something positive about helping to save and restore God’s creation. Are we not encouraged to be co-creators with God?

The Christian Church (of all denominations) has an ENORMOUS network of people across the planet, we could have this problem fixed in a couple of afternoons if we all put our minds to it. But instead we find that for many today, sadly, their energies will be focused on protesting about the nave altar being moved, or that the lectern was cleaned using the wrong polish, rather than realising that in a few years their beloved altar and lectern might be under 5 feet of water!

Anglican churches and climate change

Malcolm’s list ventured as far as the Church of England in his broad sweep of Anglicanism. So I did a little investigating myself. Here’s what I found on the homepages of the following churches:

However, while North America generally gets lambasted in the UK press for its head-in-the-sand attitude of climate change we surprisingly find this:

  • The Episcopal Church of the USA
    Under a heading called “Priorities”:, one of whose priorities is “to ensure environmental sustainability”.
  • The Anglican Church of Canada
    Link to EcoJustice, whose aim is “to coordinate the efforts of the Anglican Church of Canada in the areas of peace, justice, and ecology”.

Get involved

Do keep an eye on it folks, subscribe to the RSS feed, and contribute with your comments.

And Church members: tell your church leaders, get people interested in this critical issue, it affects us all.

Planned blog outage on Tuesday

An unplugged network cable

As part of my hosting company’s drive to provide me with the best possible level of service they sent me an email expressing their delight in announcing that my blog will likely be completely off-line any time between 18:00 on Tuesday 17 July to 04:00 on Wednesday 18 July.

According to WebFusion‘s schedule, my server is second in line for upgrade on Tuesday.

So if you come visiting me during that time frame and I don’t answer, don’t worry: my blog will be back.