Moving on…

21 December 2009

We’ve been using this blog as a learning platform about online tools and communities. While we’ve been writing and reflecting here, we’ve also tried to build an online community platform for the ISEAL Alliance.

Here’s the good news: This platform is now live at

There will be no more posts on this blog. But do join us at

Learning about Drupal for the Online Community

17 August 2009

Using Drupal, published by O’Reilly Media, has arrived today from Amazon, and I have started reading up on how to use this open source content management system.

It is always useful to understand how the technology behind your online community works.

As well as enabling you to fix minor technical problems, it will also give you an understanding of what can be done with your community.

What does the platform you plan to use or are using support?

Having also read O’Reilly Media’s HTML and XHTML Pocket Reference and CSS Pocket Reference, I stronly recommend their textbooks.

ISEAL’s Online Community concept presented at ISEAL AGM

13 July 2009

At the end of June, ISEAL held its Annual General Meeting, where our members were able to participate in a variety of exciting workshops and provide input into ISEAL’s activities.

During the Open Plenary session, ISEAL’s Technical Director Patrick Mallet presented ISEAL’s forthcoming Online Community to those present, including delegates from such member organisations as Rugmark, the Forest Stewardship Council and the Alliance for Water Stewardship.

ISEAL’s Online Community is intended to provide a hub for member-member communication, and will be a place where ISEAL staff can provide training, capacity building and where members can easily access a volume of resources in various formats, including video and audio.

On Wednesday, myself and Communications Manager Wiebke Herding and Alison Kriscenski of the Forest Stewardship Council presented two workshops on Building Online Communities to our members.

These workshops, which ran for three hours total, also discussed how to run online consultations and use online tools for good.

This week, ISEAL staff will be testing the Online Community, which is currently at the beta stage.