Saturday, 3 December 2016

Solidarity is an underused word...

I'm a big fan of Massive Attack. For their music their attitude.

Their collaboration with UNHCR on their recent tour was fantastic.

In the film above 3D talks about solidarity and IMHO solidarity is an under used word in our world.

Maybe there's a fear that expressing solidarity will label the user as some form of left wing extremist or communist. Which is silly...

Which brings me back to this ad. I love the words. 

Wear it
for someone living with HIV
for someone lost to it
for people you know and people you don't
not out of charity but in solidarity
for a world where HIV stigma is a thing of the past.

We should all articulate our solidarity more often.

Sunday, 27 November 2016

In it. Not at it. Some post #IFC2016 thoughts...

I’ve been meaning to write something about this year’s IFC conference in Holland for ages.


Because it was so, so good. That’s why.

I think the IFC is an amazing event because it means I get to sit outside the UK fundraising bubble for a few days and talk to people from all over the world about their ideas and experience.

Speaking at the conference helps because it means you get to meet so many more people! Being ‘in’ it rather than ‘at’ it is very, very useful if you are as talkative and inquisitive as I am -  as it means barriers are down when it comes to approaching and introducing yourself to people.

I’ve come away with a huge amount of enthusiasm and inspiration from all sorts of people. There are, however, two key threads of thought for me that I had validated by this year’s event...

Feel the Bern...

In the UK we’re not very good at driving mass response using digital techniques and we’re close to rubbish at email. Listening to Kenneth and Zack from the Bernie Sanders campaign talk with such passion and experience about how they raised over $200 million using digital was a real inspiration. And I know from my own political fundraising experience from three Labour Party General Election campaigns that there is a lot to learn from the theories and practices of mobilisation and fundraising used by political parties.

Create the crowd...

Amanda Palmer did the opening plenary and told us never to forget that ‘you need a crowd to crowdfund’. Obvious, but not something we see enough of. Building a crowd or community around our causes and campaigns should be an everyday task. But all too often the big idea isn’t followed up by the hard graft to bring the public close and keep them interested. We need to do more in digital (and offline) to grow and inspire the communities we need to drive our success.

Very simplistic and of course both are intrinsically linked.  

We’ve some fairly serious challenges to overcome in UK fundraising, and in my view we’re not going to fix them by tinkering with our existing ways of working. We’re going to fix them by stepping outside of the UK bubble, learning from colleagues from all over the world and being brave enough to challenge the status quo.

PS. Amanda Palmer was lovely, I asked her if she'd say a few words to Fiona and she agreed, have a listen...

Saturday, 26 November 2016

MobileMagic: The I can't even begin edition...

In a post US election world the world is a gloomy place. So I give you
this (it’s very very rude so don’t click if the word fuck offends).

Why do diplomats use this alien WhatsApp emoji for Vladimir Putin? I just utterly and completely love this article as it articulates perfectly how tech is helping us communicate better. Bet they also send each other cat pics like what I do.

I am a huge fan of MSF and have become addicted to their @MSF_Sea twitter account. This article explains all.

As you know I can obsess about how activists and protest groups use technology to mobilise support for their causes. Here a couple of brilliant articles that feature the water protests in North Dakota.

SMS and driving. A very good film about not doing that. And linked to that - this from the Guardian. US regulators seek to reduce road deaths with smartphone 'driving mode'.

All previous editions of MobileMagic are archived here if you want to find an old one.