About

Pesky People is a disabled/deaf led creative business start up  who’s mission is to use digital technology working nationally with disabled people, digital providers/innovators, the cultural and commercial sector to seek and create solutions that improve digital access and inclusion.

We harness digital, content and social media to profile, challenge and change the lack of inclusion and access culturally and in society particularly for Disabled and Deaf people.

Pesky People also campaigns and takes up digital discrimination using social media, blogging to raise issues and seek solutions (with considerable success) utilising social networking extensively.

Our core strengths are strong knowledge of digital sector, project delivery, networking/contacts and a dynamic agile approach. In addition project management, audience development and 20 years+ working in the cultural sector particularly in artistic programming and social engagement.

Go Genie www.gogenie.org is our flagship product – a one stop shop for access information in one place. Pilot funded through NESTA Reboot Britain programme. R+D (Arts Council Digital Content Development programme). Mobile app funded by NOKIA £25,000 investment.

Our business model is to take the best of both commercial and social enterprise to ensure sustainability and delivery.

Contact details:
Email: info ‘at’ peskypeople dot co dot uk or Contact us via Pesky People website
Twitter: @peskypeople @alisonvsmith
Further details of Alison’s career can be found on her LinkedIn profile

Alison Smith: is a Disabled and Deaf Arts consultant working in the creative industries since 1992. She is an Artistic Producer/Programmer, project manager, performance poet, fundraiser, mentor, trainer, conference organiser and poetry workshop leader. She also delivers Disability Awareness Training and social media training.

Working freelance since 2008 clients have included DaDaFest International 2008 (Artistic Producer), Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Telford and Wrekin Creative and Cultural Development Team and Mar Dixon.

Pesky People has a team of advisors  and supporters including:

  • David Colley: financial and company management consultant, Director of Idea Tree
  • Linda Spurdle: Leader in Digital Content Creation in the Cultural Sector. @LSpurdle
  • Christine Edwards: works with children and teens in a professional and voluntary capacity

Pesky People Mentors: – we are extremely grateful for the support that Pesky People receives and our Mentors valuable time and guidance. They include:

Patrick McGee – Technical Advisor to the UCLAN MADE project acting as system architect to record the current system state of the GoGenie platform and providing a six month plan to it’s future development

Nick Booth: Nick’s company Podnosh uses social media for social and democratic benefit. The fantastic Social Media Surgeries were recipent of the 2012 Big Society Award.

Nick is a former BBC political reporter and television and radio documentary maker.  He is also frequently asked to speak at conferences on social media and was one of a couple of dozens bloggers invited to over the G20 Summit in last in April 2009.

Nick was among a small group who established the Birmingham Bloggers group and organises the regular free Social Media Surgeries for community and voluntary groups in Birmingham and beyond.

He works with a wide range of freelancers; specialists in teaching social media as well as media making of various forms. Nick is also part owner and Community Director of Help Me Investigate, a 4iP funded project to work with neighbourhood champions and active citizens to develop crowd sourced civic investigations.

He is a trustee of the Birmingham Conservation Trust, a Governor at Ninestiles School, on the advisory board of the NCVO and is a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.

Paul Bradshaw is sited by The Guardianas one of Europe’s leading digital media academics and practitioners. He is a freelance consultant, trainer, speaker and writer on online journalism and social media. Currently visiting Professor at City University London and course leader for the MA Online Journalism at Birmingham City University in Birmingham, UK.

Publisher of the Online Journalism Blog (onlinejournalismblog.com). Named one of the UK’s “most influential journalism bloggers” by UK Press Gazette, “The UK’s Jeff Jarvis” by The Telegraph’s Shane Richmond and “The English village Jay Rosen” by Ben Goldacre. International speaker on online journalism, working with a number of media organisations in the UK and abroad.

In 2009 launched Help Me Investigate with Nick Booth and it was shortlisted and “highly commended” for Multimedia Publisher of the Year in the NUJ Regional Media Awards 2010.

Talk About Local has given Pesky People time, patience, server hosting space and a Digital Makeover that started us off from a blog to a website to a company and continue to support and advise us.

Talk About Local is a project to give people in their communities a powerful online voice. We help people communicate and campaign more effectively using the web to influence events in the places in which they live, work or play.

We encourage you to check out TAL’s brilliant work and their own as well.

Big thank you to Nicky Getgood, Will Perrin and Mike Rawlins

A grateful appreciation to our mentors for your wonderful support and believing in us.

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