Araucaria Computing is the name for my IT support, training and web design business, based in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s a very small business (just me, Chris Booth!) which I hope means you get a personalised service rather than a faceless corporation.
I have over 25 years experience working for voluntary sector organisations, NGOs and campaigning groups. For many years I worked in the peace movement, as editor and production worker of the anti-militarist magazine Peace News, and with War Resisters’ International, the international network of anti-war campaigns.
My first (paid) work with computers was with GreenNet a London-based ISP which specialises in connecting people and groups who work for peace, the environment, gender equality and human rights.
In 1995 I started business as Araucaria Computing, offering a wide range of computer support services to small voluntary sector organisations, first in London, and for the past 9 years in Edinburgh, where I've worked with a wide range of voluntary groups, academic clients and individuals.
I also have a degree in Zoology and Sociology of Science, and a postgraduate diploma in Humanistic Psychology and Group Facilitation.
I often describe my job as a “Circuit Rider”. As the LASA website explains:
Circuit Riders are technology development and support workers, each of whom supports a caseload of voluntary sector organisations the same way a development worker might. As well as technical knowledge, Circuit Riders have the skills to help organisations understand and develop strategies so they can make the best use of technology. Circuit Riders are grassroots-based, and understand the values and practices of the voluntary and community sector (VCS).
I believe that computers and information technology need not feed oppression, but can be powerful tools of liberation for those working to change society. I aim to support and empower those who are promoting a just society, building community, and working for a sustainable environment. I try to be accessible to the widest possible range of people, and I charge a fair, affordable price for my work.
Wherever possible, I try to recommend free/open source software; it costs less, is more in harmony with the ethical stance of many voluntary sector organisations, and in many cases is superior to equivalent proprietary software.
Organisations I have worked for recently include:
I’ve a separate page showing some of my web design work.
Outside work, here are some of the things I’ve been busy with recently:
Here is a page with some more personal stuff — mainly old photos, etc. You’re very welcome to have a look, but they might be a bit boring if you’re not me or a friend or relation…