Work your way to a place at this year's ECF conference

Places for this year's Global ECF conference in Oxford, 10-11 April are filling up. We've got some great speakers lined up, but most importantly, as ever, a great community of practitioners committed to sharing their experience and learning from their peers. Take a look at the agenda, and at who's already confirmed they're coming.

If you're interested in working your way to a place, read on.

Each year we have a team of volunteers to help ensure the event runs smoothly, drawn from the ECF community itself. It's a great way of making sure that the facilitators really understand the event, and the participants' needs, and of enabling people to attend who couldn't otherwise.

The roles

Team members need to be willing to muck in with whatever needs doing, from photocopying and moving chairs upwards, but we usually allocate each team member one or more focus tasks, such as:

  • contributing to the ecflive.fairsay.com conference site
  • collating and checking presentations and supporting presenters for a particular stream
  • taking photos and compiling an audio-visual slideshow for the closing session
  • supporting the Open Space agenda-setting
  • capturing outputs from the Digital Leadership Forum stream (see detail below)

Team members need to be available to attend the full conference, arriving lunchtime on Wednesday 9 March to help with set up through to the end of Friday's closing session.

In return you get:

  • the chance to come! (We do our level best to make sure volunteers get to as many sessions as possible, tasks permitting.)
  • meals
  • accommodation on site if you need it.

Selection criteria

We want to offer the chance to attend ECF to those who couldn't otherwise attend. We prioritise:

  1. Applicants from very small organisations with little or no training budgets
  2. Students/ interns with some relevant experience
  3. Activists who campaign on a voluntary basis
  4. Freelancers

How to apply

If you'd like to apply, please send Jess Day jess (at) jess-day.co.uk a CV (or link to a linkedin profile or similar) and a SHORT statement (no more than 300 words) covering:

  • Why do you want to attend ECF?
  • What do you think you could contribute?
  • Any specific relevant skills and experience (We're especially interested in photography, video, writing, Powerpoint-wrangling, WordPress-wrestling, Storify-subjugation, running unconference/Open Space format events)
  • Whether any of the event streams are of particular interest to you, especially the Digital Leadership Forum. (See below)
  • Why do you need to come as a volunteer team member?
  • Whether you will need accommodation in Oxford. (If we have volunteers who are local/can arrange their own place to stay we may be able to expand the team.)

Applications ASAP, but by 27 Feb please.

Any questions, email Jess Day or you can call her on +44 7745 907740. More info about the event: http://fairsay.com/events/ecf/2018/

DLF volunteer - detailed description

We need a volunteer to capture the main themes and discussions coming out of the Digital Leadership strand of ECF 2018 so this material can be shared within the community (all contributions will be anonymised).

The volunteer will therefore need to:

  • Attend the Digital Leadership strand in full and capture all the themes that were discussed by participants
  • Interview a few willing individuals about the detail of the specific scenarios they introduced into the discussion
  • Working alongside the event organiser, produce a draft write-up of the report by the end of April

We will be looking at ways of promoting this report through a number of channels so, in addition to attending the full event, you will have your name on the report as well.

You are:

  • a good/fast writer
  • with attention to detail
  • a good listener
  • an interest in the topic of leadership and especially digital leadership in charities is an advantage.
by Duane Raymond published Feb 24, 2014,
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