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August 23, 2020

An online event during Covid lockdowns looking at how groups in Canada, Germany, Spain, UK and USA used civic tech to support local communities in their Covid response.

January 1, 2016

In 2016, joined CiviCRM to contribute to the project and better understand open source. Contributions include raising £5k from Mozilla Open Source Seed Fund for Core Team and community research, raising further funding for Code55 to security audit the software, making a cross-CMS theme, Finsbury Park, to update the outdated CiviCRM interface.

February 1, 2012

In 1997, Kevin Kelly in Wired Magazine set out twelve rules for the new economy. Rule five was the 'Law of Increasing Returns: Make Virtuous Circles – the idea that you could create positive ripples that self-sustain themselves: as a networked platform becomes useful, it gets users, therefore is more useful, so gets more users, ad infinitum.

May 1, 2010

This project was motivated by the struggle producers and distributors have to make a return on their work. With online revenues for films still uncertain, exhibition income is more important than ever, as it remains one market where people are happy to pay for content - and the market is healthy and growing. The music industry has weathered many of the challenges of the digital transition thru a resurgence in festivals, touring and concerts, which overtook sales of singles and albums in 2009, as the biggest earner.

April 1, 2009

In June 2008 Netribution Ltd won feasibility study funding to explore how to enhance the live experience of filmgoing. The project, Living Cinema, was run with Francis Morgan-Giles, Eelyn Lee Productions and Yuva, culminating in test performances at Thomas Tallis School in South London and the Star and Shadow Cinema in Newcastle.

January 8, 2006

After Netribution ran out of money at the start of 2002, founders Tom and Nic parted company and Nic joined ShootingPeople.org, a mailman email discussion list for indie filmmakers, as first employee. The two founders of Shooting People had borrowed £30,000 to make a subscriber version of the email list to fund the cost of daily moderation, online profile directories and expansion of new lists - with a seemingly impossible business model of "users paying to read early the content that other users pay to produce".

December 31, 1999

Co-founded with Tom Fogg. Netribution was a weekly web magazine and email newsletter that ran for 99 issues alongside extensive free filmmaker resources. The first edition (of which there are no known copies) led with the news of AOL and Time Warner's merger. Each week had a couple of interviews, reports, festival reports, comic columnists Andrew Cousins and Michael Whiner, general film industry news and James MacGregor's Northern Exposure for British film outside of London.