Blink and you miss it. Three years on from putting this blog to rest (do blogs ever die?), I decided I'm going to do something with it again. It will be sporadic (I am not kidding myself that there is anyone out there hanging on my every typed word). A parent now, my time is… Continue reading Three years later…
Last night I was lucky enough to attend the Guardian Witness Awards in Bloomsbury, sponsored by EE (indebted to Jude Habib of sounddelivery for the plus one). These inaugural awards celebrated The Guardian’s reader generated content - and eye-witness images and video - from around the world. We were treated to a 60 minute whirlwind… Continue reading Don’t forget to share – Guardian Witness needs your content
I almost didn't write this post because the ad is apparently four months old, but having only just seen St John's Ambulance DRTV offering 'Helpless' - and holding some reservations about it - I decided to go ahead. If you haven't seen it yet, Helpless (created by Bartle Bogle Hegarty) begins with some well-trodden, emotionally difficult… Continue reading Charity marketing: can we subvert without cruelty?
So my pal Roberto Kussabi wrote an article in The Guardian's Voluntary Sector Network a year ago outlining why he thought Google Plus was important, but was no match for Facebook or Twitter just yet. I said in the comments that I couldn't see the point of G+ until it had the kind of user… Continue reading Why I ate my hat when it came to Google Plus
My name’s Rob and I'm an addict. Or rather (and less melodramatically), I recognise addictive traits in how I approach things, which is sometimes useful and sometimes not so. And so, after wrestling with a decision that would have been unthinkable 12 months ago, I decided to turn in my passport to (reportedly the third largest country… Continue reading So…I guess I left Facebook
This weekend, legacy giving - and namely Oxfam - enjoyed a significant boost in the form of a deceased donor's generous (if unusual) posthumous gift; a gambling bet on the success of tennis champ Roger Federer, bequeathed to the charity. Sadly, Nicholas Newlife did not live to see his wager that Federer would win a 7th Wimbledon men's… Continue reading How to solve a problem like legacy giving?
This week, the story of the Jubilee stewards - ferried to London to work shifts during the Queen's celebration events - threw an unwelcome spotlight on volunteering; principally what can go wrong when careless management lets things go to rot. To recap: jobseeking 'volunteers' reported to The Guardian that when their coach arrived two hours early… Continue reading Faith needs restoring in volunteering after Jubilee bad comms