At the ECO Canterbury network meeting on Monday 10 July it was decided that it is nearly time to launch the ECO Canterbury Environmental Activities Calendar. Any environmental, conservation or sustainability group in Canterbury whose aims and policy are in sympathy with those of ECO (see the ECO constitution) is welcome to join the network and have its activities listed on the calendar.
There are a few rules the meeting decided on – to ensure the Calendar will work for us. We will shortly send out a Launching our Calendar letter you can use to promote it and encourage usage by your members and the public. We hope to be ready for the launch by the end of the month, provided the activity loading process goes well.
But before it’s worth promoting the calendar to the public we need to get plenty of activities listed. There is a value to listing activities on the calendar even before it is promoted to the general public, as I’m sure all those reading this have an interest in knowing what activities other groups are holding, in order to avoid clashes.
If a Network member group’s activities are on a Facebook page, Google calendar or some other standardised calendar then those activities can be harvested with little effort. Alternatively activities can be submitted for uploading to the calendar using a spreadsheet template. Single activities can be entered through a Google form. Don’t be shy, please send us your activities.
Activities will be moderated before appearing in the calendar. Activities suggested for listing by members will be uploaded if they fit with the purpose of the calendar. Significant (e.g. national) activities from outside Canterbury may be listed. Although local government entities may not be members of the network their activities may be listed. Political events may appear on the calendar provided all parties with parliamentary representation are invited. Events originated and branded by one political party will not be listed.
We are anticipating a widening catchment of events, starting in greater Christchurch, spreading to all of North Canterbury and eventually covering Canterbury in its entirety. If the number of activities increases to the point where it becomes hard to see the activities you are looking for then a facility will be added for filtering the activities so only activities of the type and region you select are visible.
Currently there is no cost to being a network member and using the calendar, but it is expected that in the longer term there will be a cost of about $10 – 20 per annum for each member. If a member group operates on no funds then the cost could be waived.
We would like to profile each member group on a page of the website. This profile would be a few sentences describing the group, its purpose and a link to the group’s website. A logo would be helpful too. As the number of groups grows the list will be subdivided into categories and/or regions etc.
Currently we have heard from: 350.org Christchurch, Action for Change Meetup, Avon-Heathcote Estuary Ihutai Trust, Braided River Aid (Braid), Canterbury Anglers Inc, Christchurch Fishing and Casting Club Inc, CANA-Coal Action Network, Cycling Action Network, Diamond Harbour Community Association, Diamond Harbour Reserve Management Committee, ECO, Engineers for Social Responsibility Canterbury, Christchurch Enviro Hub, Forest & Bird North Canterbury Branch, Generation Zero, It’s Our Future Christchurch, Network Waitangi Otautahi, New Zealand Federation of Freshwater Anglers Inc, Sustainable Otautahi Christchurch, Working Waters Trust…
Should your organisation(s) be included? Please let us know by replying to this email.
Significant upcoming activities can be highlighted on the home page of the site. The calendar has an RSS feed of upcoming activities, which makes it quick and easy to see what’s coming up.
Activities without a public focus (e.g. committee meetings) will not be listed, but a website page listing regular (e.g. third Wednesday of month) non-public activities is envisaged.
A page has been added to the website where the activity policy and related information can be found. There is also a link to the activity capture spreadsheet template so it can be downloaded and populated with activities for the calendar.
Please send comments, questions and activity listings (via the form or a spreadsheet or Facebook URL) to firstname.lastname@example.org. The activity selection and listing processes are bound to take a while to sort out and feedback is very welcome.