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.


I was away in Palermo, Sicily last week. 

A place that is on the frontline of the current refugee crisis. 

There have been lots of articles recently about the use of smartphones and technology by refugees. I’ve been unsure whether to include them in this roundup as I don’t want to appear crass or opportunistic. This after all is just a poxy summary of mobile news and the current refugee crisis is far far more important that this.

But I’m sharing them as I think you will be interested in them. 

Tech helps refugees make the journey - and survive when they arrive . From the New Scientist.

That’s it for this edition.

NB. The picture above was taken by Katia when we were in Palermo. The banner calls for immediate safe passage for refugees and is accompanied by lists of all those who have died in their attempt to reach Europe.

Saturday, 29 August 2015

MobileMagic: the jumping on the Dismaland bandwagon edition

Presidential Campaigns See Texting as a Clear Path to Voters. Looks like the next US election is gonna have a whole lot of mobile in it.

Survey: 35% of Users Check Their Phones More than 50 Times Per Day. Sure we’ve seen data that says it’s more than 150 times a day… Count them and let me know :)

Mobile Messaging and Social Media 2015. Lots of good data.

A 21st-Century Migrant’s Essentials: Food, Shelter, Smartphone. These events are just so tragic. 

Smartphone app launched to help asylum seekers in Dresden.

WhatsApp For Web Finally Works For iPhone Users. Give your iPhone away. Android peeps have had this for ages. 

So long square photos? Instagram adds portrait and landscape options. This is the type of change I fear.

* I know there is no Dismaland connection.