Swindon Green Party

Swindon Green Party

I know, I know, it’s hardly going a highlight of modern web design and technology, but the Swindon Green Party “project” demonstrates exactly what Oikos is about: getting great value from technology for small local organisations.

The Client

The Swindon Green Party team had been struggling to update their website using Microsoft Word and FTP.  It was a critical time for them with local council elections coming up.

The Job

I spotted their struggle on Twitter and offered to help.  I invested 20 minutes of my own time configuring them a sample WordPress setup with a banner image, a couple of pages and a contact form, and then sent them a link.  The response was: “That’s brilliant!…I can’t say it clearly enough, I’m very impressed.”

After a brief meeting over coffee, I set up WordPress properly for them and sent them a user guide.  They did the rest themselves!

The Result

With about 2 hours’ work they were up and running with a new, content-managed website, at almost zero cost.

This is exactly the sort of thing I created Oikos to do: use modern web technology to help small organisations communicate, collaborate and build community

I should point out that I’m not a member of the Green Party but I did do this work voluntarily because it was a very small amount of work – a larger and more technical project would have been carried out commercially.  Of course, I have my own political and ethical views but Oikos has no particular political affilliation.


Posted on

May 11, 2011