Last Monday, the team behind OSM visited Gilwell. We were keen to meet to better understand OSM and how it works, as well as to find out about the OSM team’s plans for the future. We also wanted to share where we are on the Scouts digital journey and the timeframe for the development of our digital plan.
Ed Jellard, OSM’s creator, started the day with a full demo of the key features on offer to section leaders and took us through the functionality available to some of OSM’s other customers. It was really interesting for the team here to understand the current capabilities of the system, as well as the way other organisations are using different features. Ed talked through the work they have undertaken with the New Zealand Girl Guides national office, which now uses their equivalent of OSM for their membership data and as a tool for their volunteer leaders. While we all appreciated that we are a very different organisation, it was great to see the flexibility of the system and the different ways it could be used to support the delivery of Scouting.
Ed and Zoe Chamberlain, the OSM Marketing manager, also shared a sneak preview of the latest release of OSM, due to launch in the new year. It has been designed to be fully responsive and work across all devices (mobile, tablet etc.). It was interesting to see how OSM is evolving and what the team are planning to deliver next.
We then talked about where we are currently with digital at TSA and some of the (very early) stages of our thinking around digital tools to support Scouting. We will share more on this in future blog posts…
It is clear that there are many similarities between what OSM is doing and what we are doing. The next steps are for us to explore, in more detail, how we might work together in the future. We are planning further meetings in the new year and will keep you updated through this blog. So if you haven’t already, please do sign up to follow our posts.
Are you currently using OSM as a section leader? If so, we would love to hear your thoughts.