North Somerset Sustainable Business Network launch

Last Tuesday (23 March 2021), the North Somerset Enterprise Agency, Culture Weston, Theatre Orchard and I co-hosted Get Your Green On, an event that soft launched a new business network that’s taking shape for North Somerset businesses that are interested in sustainability and themes such as social impact, ethical conduct, climate change and other environmental issues.

I recorded this speech for the event, giving some background and the objectives for the network.

If you’re interested and want to know more, please register your email address to get updates about the network.

1% for the Planet

Dotjay Ltd has joined 1% for the Planet this month, and I’m really pleased. What’s that? It’s a worldwide movement of businesses and individuals who donate to and volunteer with non-profits that are working to protect our planet.

1% for the Planet member

As a business member, 1% of business revenue goes to environmental non-profits every year. Only 3% of total philanthropy goes to the environment, and only 5% of that comes from businesses. I believe that small business owners like myself have an important part to play in addressing the climate crisis, and this is just one way to do that.

This commitment is part of a series of changes I’ve been making to become a more responsible and sustainable business. I’ll be writing more about these changes and my commitment to sustainability and ethical conduct over the coming months. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, head to onepercentfortheplanet.org to find out more about the movement and how to get involved.

Possible

I’m also really pleased and honoured to be working with Possible at the moment as part of this commitment, volunteering time to make their website more accessible. Check them out at wearepossible.org.

Peace,
Jon

Writing and designing for accessibility (videos)

I feel really privileged to have worked with Alastair Lee at Panda and Giles Turnbull at Use the Human Voice over the last few weeks to produce a series of short videos about content design and accessibility.

It’s been part of the Catalyst Definition Programme, mentoring UK charities as they turn their user research into ideas and solutions to problems. All the videos are freely available on YouTube, so why not take a look:

Writing and designing for accessibility – three short videos by Jon Gibbins with advice and tips for creating more accessible content.

Content design foundations – seven videos by Giles Turnbull introducing the aspects of content design thinking.

Android keyboard shortcuts cheat sheet

Did you know you can control your Android devices using a Bluetooth keyboard? I use a keyboard to test apps on Android for accessibility. Having to remember keyboard commands across multiple platforms, one can get quite confused. This is why I have a series of cheat sheets to help me when my memory fails me.

Earlier in the month I popped my rough and ready cheat sheet for Android keyboard commands up on Github for anybody to use or contribute to:

Android keyboard shortcuts

I’ll be adding more resources here over the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

Coronavirus update

Update, August 2020: With the easing of lockdown in the UK, I am now available for remote work again. Learn how I can help you on the home page.

March 2020: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, my availability is very limited and for the foreseeable future, I will be delivering all accessibility training and coaching remotely by video conference.

In these uncertain times, many are tightening budgets, but if you are interested in how I can help you or your team, please get in touch for an informal chat.

I hope you and your loved ones are well.

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