Using Trello to Coordinate Visual Production Processes

During the last few weeks, we have started using a tool called TRELLO to coordinate the production processes of some of our working groups. Specifically, today we want to describe the production processes for the memes that we publish on social networks which are becoming more and more efficient and distributed.

While our volunteers who form part of the content group select the phrases and ideas to visually communicate, a visual design team decides on the photos, which must be royalty free or under a creative commons license, to use with each of these ideas. Once the proposal has been developed and approved by the visual coordinating team, the designers finish the layout and then we have our meme ready to publish. Every week, we publish one of the memes, usually on Wednesdays, always trying to make a link with the themes of the content on the Jesuit Networking project blog.

Do you want to be part of this process? Send a message to visual@jesuitnetworking.org and request the link to the TRELLO board where these actions are being carried out. The more collaborators we have working with us, the more content we will be able to generate. With a little more time to strengthen this process, we will be able to improve the quality of our work and its impact.

 

JN Facebook strategy

Since the beginning of February, some of the communication channels have been transferred to leaders of each of the workgroups. These days in Boston we’re having meetings with Tony Homsy, the new responsible for the Jesuit Networking Facebook account. We are working hard to coordinate a common communication strategy between the blog, twitter and Facebook channels, and Tony is being an important part on this.

The idea with the Facebook account is to do a post per day, with the following logic:

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If you want to contribute to this group, you can join the Jesuit Networking content production workgroup. You can also reach him directly at facebook@jesuitnetworking.org. Let us know if you want to be part of this effort, there is always need of more hands, not only for the amount of work, but mainly for the richness of the different perspectives and cultural sensitivities.

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Photo: Tony Homsy, SJ and Dani Villanueva, SJ

Tools for free, high quality, creative commons images on the web.

Our fellow collaborator José Arsenio Coto Pérez has provided us with some useful tools for searching free, high quality, creative commons images on the web. We encourage you to use this kind of visual material. But always do include the autorship of the work (A mere “Image courtesy of X” or “The rights belong to X” or “Thank you to X” or some similar formula will do) 


FREE SEARCHING TOOLS 
Google (New!) https://www.google.es/imghp
Compfight (Searches within Flickr) http://compfight.com/
Pixabay http://pixabay.com/
Stockvault http://www.stockvault.net/
Stock.XCHNG (a bit lame) http://www.sxc.hu/

Besides, every Monday there’s a free top quality image by iStock, ShutterStock y ThinkStock on their respective website

And every 10 days you can get 10 free pics from Unsplash. According to Arsenio, they have ‘distinctive hipspter feeling’ http://www.sxc.hu/

And here’s my tip. You will find literally hundred of thousands free images on the websites of national public libraries and archives. They are mostly vintage but they can still be very powerful if used properly. They have also a wide collection of engravings and drawings 

One of the most complete databases ever. Includes some recent material. The drawback is that downloading can be a bit complicated, but you only need to copy-paste the url link. 
http://wellcomeimages.org/

These two offer a similar service. Good quality and a friendly interface:

Gallica, the French National Library: http://gallica.bnf.fr/?lang=ES
Biblioteca Nacional de España, Spain’s National Library:http://www.bne.es/es/Inicio/index.html

Europeana gathers material from all the national archives in the European Union. To cope with the enormity of the records, they have specific websites and offer ‘temporary exhibitions’ of material
http://www.europeana.eu/

You are free to collaborate with us. Thank you.
Post written by Dani Ramos, the head of the visual team (visual@jesuitnetworking.org)

Article from the 2014 Yearbook

I’m sure those of you used to the Jesuit environment have heard about the Jesuit Yearbook. This annual publication is widely spread all around the world, translated in five languages, and present almost in every jesuit house and work of the globe.

If you have had the chance of reading the 2014 issue, there is an good introductory article on Jesuit Networking. Last week we’ve uploaded the article in five language versions to the document section of our website so all of you can have the chance to read it, and moreover, to promote it through your own networks. In just two or three pages you would find the background logic of the Jesuit Networking Project and an invitation to join us. 

Please, have a look, and spread the word: Dani Villanueva. International Networking in the Society of Jesus. Article for the 2014 Jesuit Yearbook. [English] [Spanish] [French] [Deutsch] [Italian]

Twitter Account

We opened the twitter account (@jesuitnetwork) on december 2012 in order to broadcast the publication of the first document on International Jesuit Networking. Since that time, we’ve been using the account to tweet about different Jesuit Networks, concepts about Jesuit Networking, and general approach to networking and organizations. During the first year, our approach has been very low profile, using general tweets in an automatic way. In this moment we’re using a mix of tweets that has been automatized using Hootsuite.

On these days, Elek László SJ will start taking the lead of the @jesuitnetwork account in order to add more interaction and engagement to our Social Media strategy. You can write him with any proposals or ideas to twitter@jesuitnetworking.org

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In the previous table you can see our first approach to the twitter content, trying to cover: content promotion + general info of the project + network literacy.

As we do with everything on this project, we’re more than open to receive your suggestions and ideas. If you want to be part of the content team please, be free to join us at  https://www.facebook.com/groups/jesuitnetworking.contentpromotion/