Friday, 9 October 2015

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Direct Marketing Officers Club is back!

I don't do usually publish guest posts here. But I saw on Facebook that Emily & Ruth are setting up a social and networking group for junior fundraisers and thought it was a fab idea which I wanted to support. So their words follow. Not mine. They are brilliant and I'm sure their event will be brilliant as well. 

A couple of years ago, the brilliant Sarah Briggs and Virginia Tarozzi created The Direct Marketing Officers Club, an informal group for Direct Marketing Officers and Executives in London.

We (Emily and Ruth) want to get the club going again and we’d love to get as many DM execs and officers together as possible! It’ll be a chance to meet people in similar jobs at other charities, discuss DM-related topics and informally network and socialise over a drink.

We’ll be getting together every two months after work in a London pub, to hear from an expert speaker or two, learn something new and meet colleagues across the charity sector.

The next meeting will be at 6.30pm on 21st October at the Hoop & Grapes in Farringdon. This event is free of charge, but if you already know you're coming along please sign up here.

Tickets are going fast so sign up soon!

We’ll be confirming speakers for the next event shortly – if you have any ideas or you’d like to volunteer for future events please let us know!

The Club is for officers and execs specifically, so please join us if:

  • You're responsible for "day to day DM campaign management" 
  • You don't manage more than two people 
  • Your job title does not have the word "Manager" or "Head", except for charities with incomes of £2m and below.

If you have any questions please contact us. You can get hold of us via the LinkedIn group here.

Hope to see you there!

Emily & Ruth

Sunday, 4 October 2015

An alternative to the same old same old...

I wrote a blog the other day with the title ‘Ignore all gurus. Read fewer fundraising blogs. (Yes, including this one).’ And I meant it.

The point buried somewhere in that post was that there are too many fundraising blogs. All covering the same circular debates with no real alternative to the status quo. Which isn’t very exciting or inspiring.

In that post I suggested we should seek inspiration from elsewhere, so here is a list of places on the internet I look at when I need that inspiration or an alternative view.

Mobilisation Lab. One of my favourite corners on the internet. And great people in real life. I had the pleasure of attending one of their events in the woods just outside of Arnhem a few years ago and I’m still drawing inspiration from my experiences with them. The blog has loads and loads of case studies on how the Greenpeace network and affiliates is using tech to win.

Springwise.  A place to see examples of problems that are solved by taking an alternative view.

Meta Activism.  A look at how digital drives activism. 

The Sell! Sell! Blog. A blog that at times can push my thinking and state the obvious in an uncompromising way. Good brain food. 

Two US agencies, Precision Strategies and Blue State Digital. The former set up and staffed by some people who worked at Blue State Digital. Both a great place for a look across the pond at smart things happening in political campaigning & fundraising.

We Are Social. A phenomenal resource for up to the minute thinking and global stats on all things social.

Benedict Evans. Not a blog, but a email list you won’t regret signing up for.

Mobile Fix. And another ace email to sign up to.

I’d love to hear about blogs that inspire you. But please, no purely fundraising ones...

Saturday, 19 September 2015

DISTRICT ZERO: What's hidden inside the smartphone of a refugee?

This film looks amazing. Watch the trailer, read the words.
Maamun opens the door to his shop, like he does every other morning. It is a tiny white container. Next to it is an identical container, and then another, and another. Thousands of containers stretch as far as the eye can see, all of them exactly the same. We are in one of the biggest refugee camps in the world: Zaatari, in Jordan. His shop repairs mobile phones. Maamun starts to serve his customers. Their memory cards contain their past in Syria: happiness, routine, family life. And then the war came, followed by destruction, fear and flight. Maamun rebuilds photos and sound, recovers lost content, recharges batteries, and restores the only link his neighbours still have with Syria. He and his friend Karim have decided to provide a new service: printing off the photos which have filled up the mobile phones of the people who live in Zaatari.
Through his routine, the conversations with his friends and neighbours, the daily life in his tiny shop, we discover that no-one wants to print off photos of the war; there is much more to the refugees’ sense of identity than that. They want to remember, they want to emphasise their Syrian identity, their identity as individual people. The photographs printed off in Maamun’s shop every day not only make us ask questions about the identity of the refugees, but also about our own identity: who are we? Why are we here? Where were we born? Where will we die?
All the info here.