News

New "Engaged Users" graph now live posted on 24 May 2016
This graph in Group Admin shows administrators both the number of "registered" members and the number of "engaged/active" members. This is very useful when trying to determine how effective engagement strategies have been.
Steering group goes digital! posted on 19 May 2016
The Mid and West Wales Arts and Education Network has made a sterling start to engaging as a network and totalled 970 interactions during the meeting alone! they have contributed 98 ideas with 775 ratings, 8 replies and 89 comments.There is 1 Project that requires a total of 1 resource with 5 pledges made so far.
So far they have generated 6 actions with 3 learning and 0 tangible outcomes.
There are also 2 news entries.
The Mid and West Wales Arts and Education Network steering group launched posted on 19 May 2016
Powered by VocalEyes and facilitated by Matt Little from Rio (Real Ideas Organisation) the Mid and west Wales Arts and Education Network steering group met today at UWTSD to kickstart this project to invigorate the inclusion of art and creativity in learning and teaching. 
VocalEyes Tech Development Updates: April 2016 posted on 25 Apr 2016

It's been quite a short milestone this month as we wanted to update and release various tweaks and fixes as quickly as possible. 
Here is a summary:
For users:
- When you rate, the screen will automatically scroll to the comment box.
- Email address can now be changed before it getting activated (ie. to correct typos).
- Topic shortcodes sneaked in to the code before this release, we now made them look better.
- Better navigation in Group News and Global News (Ideas Into Action).
- Fixed various mobile and desktop layout issues.

For admins
- Group Admin content lists now sorted by date descending.
- Edit button will now show on Global News (Ideas Into Action) entries for admins.

...and many bug fixes!

Please keep your feedback coming...

A4D present vision at Cardiff Bay event posted on 23 Mar 2016

Four members of Swansea's A4D planning group travelled on Saturday 19th March to Cardiff's Senedd – the home of the National Assembly for Wales. They'd been invited to take part in a special day of events celebrating the end of the first phase of the National Theatre of Wales' 3-year long Big Democracy Project.

In a programme including performances by theatre groups, poets and musicians, A4D's invitation to a half-hour slot attracted around 60 people: ‘Democracy, if ever alive is now 'more dead' than living; its semblance just a sham. The little life left in it is being stealthily stifled by the greed and manipulative grip of the corporations controlling people's freedom and gravely endangering this planet. So join us in designing, building and operating a richer, deeper form of direct democracy.


This half-hour introductory session shares a snapshot of what has already begun. We'll be using all the means available to explore a fairer future based on people powered free expression and collaborative actions for sustainable living.’

Helen Johns, from the teachers union NASUWT, gave a passionate account of the battle with Swansea Council to prevent the termination, without any consultation of parents and children, of an Education Service in Trehafod clinic, for some of Swansea's most vulnerable children - Child and Adolescent Mental Health pupils, that led her to A4D after she realised that local democracy is broken.

A4D convenor Gerry Gold widened the focus from the local to the national and global explaining that we were re-imagining democracy in response to the rapid growth of inequality, showing how the system of corporations had merged with parliamentary democracy transferring wealth from the 99% to the 1%.

With the majority of the audience waving mobile phones in the air, Peter Anderson invited them to sign-on there and then to the Wales country group on digital democracy platform Vocaleyes and respond to the question 'How can we bring democracy to life in Wales? First up was a seven year-old, showing everyone the way, with a proposal for a free Legoland in Cardiff!!

A4D's performance evoked a lively participation – vocally, digitally and on paper, with the local Women's Equality Party candidate Ruth Williams sharing a photo-opportunity on facebook and twitter.

Swansea A4D presents vision at Cardiff Bay Event posted on 23 Mar 2016

Four members of Swansea's A4D planning group travelled on Saturday 19th March to Cardiff's Senedd – the home of the National Assembly for Wales. They'd been invited to take part in a special day of events celebrating the end of the first phase of the National Theatre of Wales' 3-year long Big Democracy Project.

In a programme including performances by theatre groups, poets and musicians, A4D's invitation to a half-hour slot attracted around 60 people: ‘Democracy, if ever alive is now 'more dead' than living; its semblance just a sham. The little life left in it is being stealthily stifled by the greed and manipulative grip of the corporations controlling people's freedom and gravely endangering this planet. So join us in designing, building and operating a richer, deeper form of direct democracy.


This half-hour introductory session shares a snapshot of what has already begun. We'll be using all the means available to explore a fairer future based on people powered free expression and collaborative actions for sustainable living.’

Helen Johns, from the teachers union NASUWT, gave a passionate account of the battle with Swansea Council to prevent the termination, without any consultation of parents and children, of an Education Service in Trehafod clinic, for some of Swansea's most vulnerable children - Child and Adolescent Mental Health pupils, that led her to A4D after she realised that local democracy is broken.

A4D convenor Gerry Gold widened the focus from the local to the national and global explaining that we were re-imagining democracy in response to the rapid growth of inequality, showing how the system of corporations had merged with parliamentary democracy transferring wealth from the 99% to the 1%.

With the majority of the audience waving mobile phones in the air, Peter Anderson invited them to sign-on there and then to the Wales country group on digital democracy platform Vocaleyes and respond to the question 'How can we bring democracy to life in Wales? First up was a seven year-old, showing everyone the way, with a proposal for a free Legoland in Cardiff!!

A4D's performance evoked a lively participation – vocally, digitally and on paper, with the local Women's Equality Party candidate Ruth Williams sharing a photo-opportunity on facebook and twitter.


Cardiff University Students Are Go! posted on 23 Mar 2016

International students studying at Cardiff University utilised VocalEyes as part of their course recently using VE to agree ideas to improve the Urban Design course. They also posted ideas for improving community engagement.

Within an hour, all the students had used their mobile phones, tablets and laptops with their ideas appearing on the wall via the projector. Over 30 ideas were suggested, debated and rated in this short session designed to trial the use of VocalEyes in the classroom.


Dog Fouling posted on 17 Mar 2016
successful campaign recieved positive press coverage
Fun day launch success posted on 10 Mar 2016
VocalEyes was successfully launched at the Coastal Housing Tenant Fun Day where a luck winner was handed a new tablet device (to beer use VocalEyes) and about 50 tenants signed up and used the system for the first time. 
VocalEyes Development Updates: March 2016 posted on 8 Mar 2016
Thank you for all your feedback recently. We've made good progress with mobile development in this Milestone as well as some nice user interface updates. Here is a summary;

For users:
- Simplified the Add New button
- Layout changes to make things simple, and a little more visual
- Mobile site also got a little lighter
- Tour Mode added, if you still didn't find your way
- Pie Chart graphs to show the average rating, the voting profile of an idea and the number of users engaged.

For admins
- All groups have a default logo and header image, make sure you upload one that's more personal to your group
- Modules can be turned off / on, so they aren't in the way if not used; we programatically removed modules your group doesn't use, but you can easily reactivate them in Group Admin

...and many bug fixes!
Additional No Smoking signs posted on 25 Feb 2016

In response to your reports of people smoking outside of the smoking area, additional signs will be displayed around campus asking that smoking be limited to the designated smoking area only.

Thank you for your feedback.

These are the Welsh Govt 40 National Indicators (re Future Generations Bill) posted on 9 Feb 2016

This is what the 40 National Indicators look like as a whole.

Each goal has a colour. So, for example the more prosperous Wales is yellow.

Each indicator is colour coded according to the goals it is mainly illustrating. So, for example, the first indicator – ‘babies born at a healthy weight’ – is an indicator of a healthier Wales – the red – and a more equal Wales – the dark red.

What this slide also shows is how the 40 indicators work as a set. You can see the spread of colours working across the chart to reflect indications of all seven goals.

There are four main questions:

•Do the proposed indicators work as a set?
•Are there any that could be improved?
•Are there any that should be included or excluded?
•How can we communicate these to the people and communities of Wales?

In other words, are these the right measures of the Wales We Want?

These are the 7 'wellbeing' goals posted on 9 Feb 2016
These are the 7 Welsh 'wellbeing' goals as identified by the 'Wales We Want' Future Generations Bill.
Cerebra Dispels myths with new Toolkit - available NOW posted on 9 Feb 2016
As part of our project working with parent ambassadors (ie those experienced with raising a child with a disability) in collaboration with a law expert Cerebra as produced new resources exploring some of the 'myths' that have arisen due to many people working for public bodies and many parent/carers of disabled children misunderstanding the law. Our toolkit will help to dispel these myths that have developed over time by coming up with solutions in dealing with statutory bodies. Follow the link for info: 
http://w3.cerebra.org.uk/research/problem-solving-toolkit-for-families/



Your ideas in action at City of Bristol College posted on 5 Feb 2016
We've been crunching the numbers this week and are thrilled to see how well VocalEyes is working - give yourselves a big pat on the back!

In just a short amount of time, there have been:
  • 40 ideas,
  • 4382 ratings, and
  • 570 comments or replies!
It's been a great start, but you need to keep adding suggestions - and rating the ones that are there - in order to turn your ideas into actions. Remember, the College considers every single idea that is posted. So...what's yours?

Updates





Welcome to the Gorebridge Futures Group.Let's Begin! posted on 4 Feb 2016
Martin has set up 5 Topics   representing the 5 themes in the action plan.Each priority for action  is listed under each topic. Have alook and see how easy it is to navigate and interact with. Martin suggests that to get the best from this tool, we can generate a dialogue by clicking on the ideas tab.
Enjoy having a go! Enid
Your ideas in action at City of Bristol College - January 2016 posted on 28 Jan 2016

We’ve had a great start to 2016 with two key ideas being put into action already:

Yoga Sessions

The request for lunchtime yoga classes has proved one of the most talked about ideas on VocalEyes with 21 comments.

Having kicked off with a week of free Yoga Yurt classes across three college centres, we’ve now got sessions running for the next six weeks.

The closed sessions will be held on Tuesdays at College Green (2pm-4pm) and SBSA (3pm-4pm) and Thursdays at Ashley Down (2.45pm-3.45pm). And depending on feedback from the trial week, we may be providing more sessions.

Mental Health drop-in sessions

Following a proposal in early January for a “student-run and confidential” mental health group, our Welfare team sprang into action.

The first session was held in the Learning Resource Centre on Thursday 28 January. Students could sign up to lead and participate in the group, as well as accessing resources and information on local services.

If you missed the opening session, you can contact the Welfare team privately and confidentially so that you can receive information on future sessions:  01173122098 / welfare@cityofbristol.ac.uk

What's next?

It's up to you! Keep commenting and rating ideas as they appear - remember, every idea on VocalEyes is considered by the college. It's your chance to have your say and make a difference.

Weekly round-up posted on 28 Jan 2016

We’ve had a great start to 2016 with two key ideas being put into action already:

Yoga Sessions

The request for lunchtime yoga classes has proved one of the most talked about ideas on vocalEyes with 21 comments.

Having kicked off with a week of free Yoga Yurt classes across three college centres, we’ve now got sessions running for the next six weeks.

The closed sessions will be held on Tuesdays at College Green (2pm-4pm) and SBSA (3pm-4pm) and Thursdays at Ashley Down (2.45pm-3.45pm). And depending on feedback from the trial week, we may be providing more sessions.

Mental Health drop-in sessions

Following a proposal in early January for a “student-run and confidential” mental health group, our Welfare team sprang into action.

The first session was held in the Learning Resource Centre on Thursday 28 January. Students could sign up to lead and participate in the group, as well as access resources and information on local services.

If you missed the opening session, you can contact the Welfare team privately and confidentially so that you can receive information on future sessions:  01173122098 / welfare@cityofbristol.ac.uk

What's next?

It's up to you! Keep commenting and rating ideas as they appear - remember, every idea on VocalEyes is considered by the college. It's your chance to have your say and make a difference

Cerebra empower parents and carers to overcome challenges posted on 27 Jan 2016

At Cerebra we believe in listening to families of disabled children and using what they tell us to inspire research, innovation and information.  One area that parents have told us that they struggle with is dealing with statutory agencies in relation to the provision of health, social care and education support services.

As a response to this Cerebra funds research by Professor Luke Clements to explore practical and effective ways of resolving the commonly occurring problems families face. As a result we have developed a number of resources, based on cases raised with us by parents and carers within our Legal Entitlements Research Project and the job now is get that information out there for parents and carers to use to improve their family life.

Funding was awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council to launch a new project, The Family Research Ambassador Project, which will involve parents and carers of disabled children in helping us to make our pool of existing information much more accessible and engaging to others.

The project’s main aims are:

•to produce a ‘Problem Solving Toolkit’ that deals with these commonly occurring problems in accessing services

•to test, improve and build on the toolkit

•distribute this as widely as possible within various disability support groups and to parents of disabled children

•to give parents and carers the confidence to tackle decisions and to feel supported.

We have recruited eight Family Research Ambassadors (FRAs) to assist in bringing this toolkit together and to circulate and promote this to disability support groups and social media.

More to follow…….

First Digital Citizenship Summit in the UK posted on 23 Jan 2016
Attended by a fantastic group of visionaries with a global reach the first Digital Citizenship summit was hosted by Bournemouth University today and featured VocalEyes among many start-ups, ed techs and learner platforms.