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Digital Commons Communications Lead Full-time

Published at 2021-11-15 - Viewed: 2059 times - Digital Commons in remote, United Kingdom

Digital Commons is the mapping and data sharing cooperative.

Our mission is to use GIS, mapping, linked data and other tools to support the growth of the solidarity economy and the commons.

We want to see a world where data is recognised as a common good; and where the broad solidarity economy is empowered and enabled to collect, use and share data in ways that contribute to the commons.

We believe that mapping and visualisation of data is something anyone working for social change should be able to access; it should not be the preserve of people with financial resources or specific technical tools.

Solidarity Economy Association & Shared Assets have formed Digital Commons as a joint venture to take forward their respective mapping and data sharing projects.

Digital Commons will initially act as an umbrella for the founders’ two respective mapping platforms – Land Explorer, a mapping platform which helps people find out information about the land around them, and Sea-Map, a mapping tool that supports community-led mapping projects and membership organisations, focussing on social and solidarity economy organisations.

We are now at the stage of being able to recruit our first two (initially freelance) team members, a product manager and a comms lead. Over the next year we plan to launch several new or refreshed products, and carry out a crowdfunding campaign followed by a community share issue.

Communications Lead Role Description

Role purpose:

  • To create the Digital Commons “voice” and strategy for communicating what we’re doing in an easily accessible way.

Key responsibilities

  • Creating overall communications and content strategy for DC for next 12 months
    1. Helping us communicate the magic of what we’re trying to do

  • Creating communications strategy for crowdfunding campaign
    1. Identifying what we need to do to have a successful crowdfunding campaign
    2. Including the story of why people should care about & fund DC
    3. And spec / script for a film (if necessary)
  • Supporting SA comms officer in delivery of strategy
  • Writing key copy (“about us”, services, home page) for DC website as it evolves

Person specification

  • Demonstrable experience of creating communications for tech or similar businesses
  • Demonstrable ability to grasp and communicate complex and technical information in an accessible and engaging way
  • Aptitude for collaborative and iterative working


  • Previous experience developing comms for crowdfunding campaigns
  • Interest in / understanding of:
    1. Linked open data
    2. Geographical information systems and mapping
    3. Cooperatives and other social business models

This is a freelance position, initially with a fixed fee and set outputs. As we raise money and generate further business we will be open to discussions about how this role might develop.

Our budget is £4000 inclusive of VAT and any expenses

Key deliverables are:

  • Overall content and comms strategy by end January 2022
  • Crowdfunding strategy by end February 2022
  • Film by end February 2022
  • Key copy for website by end January 2022

The successful person would be expected to also attend relevant catch up meetings and calls. We imagine the bulk of this work could be done remotely but some in-person presence at team meetings (likely in London or Oxford) may be useful.

You could start straight away, but we will wait for the right candidate.

How to apply
Please send a covering letter, CV and two examples of relevant recent work to by the 21st November (we will be sifting in the week commencing the 22nd).The covering letter should include what you think the key communications challenges in this role will be and how you might address them.

Feel free to get in touch with Kate to have an informal discussion about the role.

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