Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Calgary Activist Network — back from the dead

[Activist Network] Back in January I started doing a bunch of work to rebuild the Calgary Activist Network website. The network had largely wound down in the mid-2000s, leaving just a single page of links to a few other online resources.

Now the calendar of events is back up and running and I’ve posted over 60 events in the past couple weeks.

The new feature I’m most proud of is the ability to  subscribe to the calendar of events using calendar applications on your computer or phone. With that, you don’t have to remember to visit the website, but can instead just look at your calendar to see what’s coming up.

At this point, it’s just me posting events to the site, but I hope to get other folks adding listings soon. (There’s still a little bit of back-end code I need to put together to get that workable — and understandable by non-geeks.)

Currently, to add an event to the site, people can send an announcement to the Calgary activism announcements email list (which has been running in one form or another since 1999). Please use plain text in those emails, and no attachments (no posters, pictures, Word documents, etc.).

The updated Activist Network site should make it easier for me to get announcements out to the email list, for those who prefer email.

There are a couple of other spots available where announcements are going out. On Facebook, there is the Facebook: Calgary Social Change page. On Twitter it’s Twitter: @CalSC.

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