Help APECS become more relevant to the outside world
Over the years, the APECS Board has been developing strategies and plans to make APECS more visible, interactive, and attractive for both potential new members and clients while remaining true to the vision and values of its founders.Over the years, the APECS Board has been developing strategies and plans to make APECS more visible, interactive, and attractive for both potential new members and clients while remaining true to the vision and values of its founders.
We have now reached the stage where all this needs to be tied together on our ‘window to the world’, the APECS website. Though we will still use the same platform this is not a matter of minor modifications and additions but a complete revamp to create relevant narratives for the core audiences we have identified:
- potential members, and
At the same time, we want to radically change the user experience to something more involving in every sense.
Help is needed to do this for two reasons: the task is large and urgent and we simply do not have the personal time to make this happen, and more importantly, we believe co-creation with members will provide better and more timely solutions.
Our experience is that most IT projects fail because of the inability of the client and users to define at the appropriate time what their specific requirements were. So being an IT expert is not a prerequisite, as we have the resources to provide the technical solutions. The people we are looking for will have a creative mindset, a collaborative approach, and the ability to question how each page relates to others.
We have identified two workstreams where volunteers are needed:
Look & Feel
There is general agreement about what is wrong with the current site but no consensus on the solution. This team is asked to provide a detailed design brief for the overall site and explain the rationale for it.
To develop a coherent and relevant narrative with appropriate linkages for the three core audiences. Board documents that address aspects of this will be made available to the team as a framework covering issues such as ‘Who we are and want to be’, mission statement, vision, strategy, and communications platform. We hope you will also explore new initiatives in developing international membership, diversity, membership engagement, and events with the relevant board directors and provide summaries of both current activities and the direction of travel. You will not be required to go into the detail, that remains the responsibility of the relevant Board directors.
You can apply for either stream or both. We are looking for a maximum of 5 people for each on the grounds that this is the best compromise between diversity of thought and manageability.
Under current circumstances, this will have to be online through Zoom but we hope that with a successful conclusion we can all meet up in person to celebrate. If not, we will find another way to recognise your contribution.
We will begin with a plenary session where we explain in more detail the project in total, provide the documentation that already exists, clarify the role and expectations of our workstreams, and answer any questions. We will then ask the two workstreams what other input they require, how they intend to address their issue, and when they expect to come up with preliminary solutions.
One or both of us will attend individual workstream meetings but purely as facilitators, clarifiers and to ensure that all output is consistent with the overall objectives and constraints of the project.
Once both workstreams have completed their tasks another plenary session will be held to bring it all together and work out what is required to implement it.
How do you register your interest?
Ideally, we want to get going with this project as soon as possible, so if you would like to help if you could please contact us and we will look to start putting groups together by mid-January.
This project is the cornerstone of our ambition to bring APECS to the attention of the outside world. We really need your help.
Alex and Ian
Alexandru Popa-Antohi & Ian Ross
APECS Board Directors