Friday, 31 October 2014

Opinions are opinions and not facts.

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

It’s becoming clearer and clearer to me that the problem with conferences, blogs and other forms of self promotion is that opinions are all too often presented as fact. Which can be a very dangerous thing.

You’re all terrible at retention.
You’re all brilliant at retention.
There is only one way to recruit donors.
The future of fundraising is XXXXX.
The way you recruit donors is rubbish.
Donors recruited over there are not as engaged as donors recruited over here.
It’s all about story telling.
Slacktivists are shite.
Slacktivists are amazing.

Blah. Blah. Blah.

Lots of effort is put into defining a position and then defending it. Which can be oh so tiresome to watch.

So for absolute clarity, I reserve the right to change my opinion on pretty much anything and everything as and when I learn new things and the data changes.

It’s really quite liberating.

Saturday, 25 October 2014

F-Bombs for Feminism

Not my words...

"Facing a future where women are still paid 23% less than men for the same work, and where 1 in 5 women are raped or sexually assaulted in gender-based violence, little girls between 6 and 13 years-old dressed as pretty pink princesses drop F-bombs to draw attention to society’s continued sexism. Asking the question, “What’s more offensive? A little girl saying f*ck or the sexist way society treats girls and women” these adorably articulate little ladies in sparkling tiaras turn the “princess in distress” stereotype on its head and contrast the F-word with words and statistics society should find shocking such as “pay inequality” and “rape.” The video also features a 12 year-old boy wearing a pink gown standing up against sexism saying, “When you tell boys not to ‘act like a girl,’ it’s because you think it’s bad to be a girl.”

This quite literally blew my mind. It's been on and off of YouTube and Vimeo a lot recently so when you read this it might not be there. But make the effort to find it and watch it. It's important and deserves to be shared and shared and shared...

Or maybe it's just an ad for t-shirts?

Thursday, 23 October 2014

Ferguson October

This from the USA.

SMS being used to update activists on the Ferguson October campaign.

Saturday, 18 October 2014

MobileMagic: The @fiona_pattison edition

There are officially more mobile devices than people in the world. This week's ‘there are more mobile phones than…..’ post.

Street selfies driving up new supporter engagement. This is good and effective. And clever. And obvious.

Fiona was quoted in Ken’s new book... Which makes Team Mobile very proud.

Photo nicked with respect and love from Kirsty Marrins's twitter feed... Go follow her, she is ace.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Some treats from Holland #IFC2014

Every time I go to the International Fundraising Conference in Holland. I come back with a bag full of links to great videos.

This one should embarrass us all. How can a life insurance company produce such a great film, when we (fundraisers) sometimes struggle!? Peter Muffet from DTV included this one in his Thursday afternoon session.

Bryan Miller included this one in his brilliant Digital Trends session. I think I'm late to the party on it, but it's really good, has an SMS call to action and when Brian presented it someone from the charity that made it was in the room and told us it was super successful.

This one from Bryan as well. Not everything should be digital. Sometimes it has to be paper.

Can't remember where I saw this one. Clicktivism though. It's NOT REAL.

I didn't actually see this one at the conference, but Francesco shared it with me on Twitter once I'd posted this blog. It's too good not to share. An oldie, but a goodie. I had tears rolling down my cheeks by the end of it, probably because I was tired after my trip home from conference right!?


Sunday, 5 October 2014

MobileMagic: the Fight the Power edition

How Hong Kong ProtestersAre Connecting, Without Cell Or Wi-Fi Networks. Mesh networks, maybe one way we can take back the internet.

Hong Kong protesters targeted by smartphone spy apps, security company says. Yes it’s a cliché. But mobile phones are now central to protest…

Greenpeace Canada's First Engagement street teams meeting more people (and raising more money). Not totally mobile but totally fascinating. How Greenpeace street teams are evolving. Money comes at some point, but the first interaction is about the cause and the campaigns. Love. It.

Shelfie could put an end to ‘out of stock’ items. Really. Do we really need this? The answer is no.

Can ‘sexual consent’ app Good2Go really reduce assaults on campus? FFS. What a world we live in if this is a thing.

Why Now for Apple Watch. A decent Apple watch article.

Angry Birds maker Rovio lays off up to 130 people in Finland. < Remember Angry Birds? Wonder what the shelf life for these companies is. Seems like you need to move fast or die.

Solar-powered tent keeps festivalgoers’ devices charged. Pretty soon the internetz will be full of people using the term GLASTO and it will make me sad…. (It’s Glastonbury. Or Pilton).

Monday, 29 September 2014

Innovation. Really?

Innovation really is the word of the moment.

Yet some of the biggest, most successful and most memorable fundraising moments of the past few months weren’t planned or created. They didn’t originate from an innovation process or team. It wasn’t someone like me.

I’m thinking #nomakeupselfie and #icebucket challenge as two really big examples, but there are lots of others.  When these moments occur it’s because the act of getting involved captures the public’s imagination, participation is simple and there is an element of sharing and of being challenged to take part by a friend.

Let me be very clear, I’m not anti innovation by any stretch of the imagination. So let’s not go there…

I totally appreciate that innovation means we need to continually improve what we’re doing. Small improvements and big steps forward, innovation is about pushing things on and getting better and better at raising the money. We can’t keep still or we will fail. Someone awesome once told me (over and over again) “if you keep on doing the same things, the same things will keep on happening”…

But I’m convinced that as a sector we’re missing a trick.

Maybe you don’t need an innovation team?

Maybe you need a rapid response team. Or at least a single person in your organisation who is responsible for spotting opportunities and ensuring that your organisation has the relationships, infrastructure and processes in place to react quickly and to follow up with skill.

Maybe we should all be focused on that?