I served as the Chief Technology advisor and technical liaison for the Ministry of Stories, a non-profit creative writing centre in East London that helps children and young people to develop their writing. We launched in November 2010, and I served through the Ministry's first year. I set up on-site computer systems, coordinated with contractors for our initial website, recruited a long term tech team, and helped establish the Ministry's online store, monstersupplies.org. As of Dec 2012, the Ministry is still thriving and now working to establish a network for creative writing centres across Europe.
We received considerable press upon launch:
<ul><li> <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/today/hi/today/newsid_9210000/9210541.stm">BBC Article</a></li> <li> <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/video/2010/nov/19/nick-hornby-ministry-stories-video">Guardian Video</a> </li> <li> <a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-11794306">BBC Video</a></li> <li> Nick Hornby's <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/507ed7ec-f360-11df-b34f-00144feab49a.html#axzz15ll3V54G">article in the Financial Times</a></li> <li> Alistair Hall's <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/alistairhall/sets/72157624630509531/">flickr set</a> of the facility setup</li> <li> <a href="http://826national.org/about/">826 National</a> (our inspiration in the USA)</li></ul>
I couldn't possibly acknowledge the vast number of amazing people who worked with us on this project, of which I was just one part. Thanks everyone!