Priorities

For the next few months eQuality Time is going to be focusing it’s efforts on a complete rewrite of the code for the Open Voice Factory, as well as experimenting with creating virtual White Water Writer camps. There’s a lot of reasons for the rewrite: The old github repo is extremely large because it contains quite a lot of versioned PowerPoint files and other ‘stuff’ – we want a much… Read Article →

Analysis of White Water Writers Camp costs

Today I’m looking into the proper costs of a White Water Writers camp.  I periodically do back-of-the-envelope calculations for quoting invidual camps but it was about time that I got some proper numbers involved. I’m doing it publically for all the normal reasons and one extra one: it might help some organisations tailor their requests a bit and say things like “Can we have more books, but give you access… Read Article →

Slides from CM2019

Joe presented at Communication Matters this year and we’ve just realised we didn’t make the slides available (well, they are on the web, we didn’t link to them). Our bad: Our abstract is: Last year Comic Relief gave us £45,000 to make copyright-free resources for AAC.  We made what we thought would work, interviewed some AAC VIPs and then found out that we’d built the wrong thing.  So we made… Read Article →

Cover Artists Wanted!

We’re looking for artists. At MCM in October I saw various artists selling custom sketches for £20-£35 and thought “£50 worth of that sort of art would be good enough for us to use as a cover for White Water Writers books”.   So I contacted a bunch and we’ve had some awesome covers come through that I’m really pleased with. We’ve got several artists we’re now working with but… Read Article →

This is rubbish

In February we developed and applied for funding for a new project about improving recycling. You can see the developement at application here. I’ve now got around to blogging about it. This is rubbish increases recycling in a local area by working face-to-face with residents to give them the information, feedback, and, dare I say, competitive incentive to do so. The short pitch goes like this: “Sam wants to recycle,… Read Article →

New Project: Caesar Bond!

We’ve been working on a new issue project recently. We didn’t realise we were, we thought we were doing one of the old ones but it kind of got carried away. We started out by bringing White Water Writers to inmates at several prisons. This presents difficulties: the process is *highly* collaborative, and for a range of sensible reasons, inmates aren’t allowed to collaborate on documents. surprisingly (to us) you… Read Article →

White Water Writers Research

I’m delighted to share some research into White Water Writers peformed by one of our experienced leaders. The executive summary is: All of us are subject to dominant narratives. These are ideas of what is normal, accepted behaviour and attitudes. Dominant narratives are culturally constructed and resistant to change. Personal narratives are associated with identity and are constructed by ourselves. If personal narratives disagree with dominant ones, psychological distress may… Read Article →

Organisational Budget for 2019-2020

We’ve prepared the organisational budget for 2019-2020 (our year starts on September 1st so this blog is less late than it sounds). As part of that process we ran our first proper ‘variance analysis’ (or ‘I compared the budget to the actual spend’) for the last organisational budget and you can see it at  BudgetvsActualsForThisYear.  The variance analysis wasn’t actually complete because the year hadn’t ended and there were various… Read Article →

Long answer to a short funding question

Wrote this because we’ve been asked a simple question in a funding application wanted to put the reasoning somewhere in case we were asked about it in future. We’ve got this question (it’s for Children In Need) Over the duration of your project, how many children and young people in total will benefit from your project? Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Total      We’re applying for funds to… Read Article →