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“Do something, so we can change it”

Brad Bird’s anecdote of Gower Champion, the theatre and film director of the 30s, who walked into a theatre to see the cast just standing around on the stage, the choreographer just sitting there in the second row with his head in his hands. Gower goes “What’s going on?” “I just don’t know what to do next”, the choreographer goes. Gower replies “Well do something, so we can change it!
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Brad Bird’s anecdote of Gower Champion, the theatre and film director of the 30s, who walked into a theatre to see the cast just standing around on the stage, the choreographer just sitting there in the second row with his… Continue reading →

‘The Bob Test’ for online donation

Mark Lawson’s recent interview with Bob Geldof revealed that lessons about usability can come from nearly 30 years ago. When reminded of his infamous swearing on Live Aid in 1985 Bob says to Mark: “I was complaining about the fact… Continue reading →

Does your charity punch above its weight in digital? Check the PAW Score!

There’s a fair bit written about how charities can use digital to ‘punch above their weight’. But exactly who is doing it well at the moment?  The PAW score is my name for comparing two charity performance indicators from Third… Continue reading →

9 great things from the book Switch by Chip and Dan Heath

I love Chip and Dan Heath, as is noted elsewhere in this blog, so I hope that they won’t mind me pulling out a few tiny (ish) chunks from their change management book Switch for this piece. There’s some great stuff… Continue reading →

How to get Facebook Graph Search in UK, now

Didn’t realise this until now – it was announced 3 weeks ago – but you can get the very cool (/disturbing) Graph Search in Facebook UK, with just a simple Settings change. This is what Graph Search looks like: Here’s… Continue reading →

Why the Radio Times is hated by celebrities

Jamie Oliver is not the first celebrity to get grief from being quoted in the Radio Times. The fact that his comments in that mag about people in poverty buying cheesy chips and big TVs (instead of fresh pasta with tomatoes… Continue reading →

Peter Barkworth

A DVD arrived today and inspired this quickie post about an actor who is nowhere near appreciated enough… Peter Barkworth is a British character actor who was fairly famous once, even getting a Radio Times cover with his series Telford’s… Continue reading →

The hidden bit of Facebook that’s got messages for you!

I only just found this today – a bit of Facebook’s message Inbox called ‘Other’ which has messages from people not in your Friends list, or other non-direct messages. Look! As you can see I had 26 messages I had… Continue reading →

Object Of Desire – Microsonic Landscapes

What is this? Have a guess before you read on! It is an example of actual sound sculptures – 3D representations of complete albums – called microsonic landscapes. This is Pink Moon by Nick Drake: This is a detail from… Continue reading →

Object Of Desire – Lytro Light Field Camera

A camera that takes pictures you can completely refocus after taking them, whenever you want. Oh, and they’re a bit 3D too. Go and drool at the Lytro and read about how they are now available in the UK from £399. Critics say: “It’s hard… Continue reading →

Object Of Use – E-Cloth

One of these costs just £2.99 and is probably one of the most useful things I’ve ever bought. It’s quite big – so I cut it into about six bits, and now I have a really good glasses lens/laptop/iPad/iPhone screen cleaners… Continue reading →

“Curiosity is actually a moral virtue”

Ever since I heard him speak on a Radio 4 programme I’ve loved the attitude of Israeli writer Amos Oz. Here he is on US show Charlie Rose http://www.charlierose.com/watch/40056740 and here’s my favourite quote from him: “I get up every morning… Continue reading →

Introducing Supertat

This is just a quick note to promote another website of mine, www.Supertat.co.uk – it’s full of stuff like this… The Bracelet-Wearing Dalmatian Riding Distressed Dolphin Flip Flop Mallorca Key Ring  

The Chip and Dan Effect

originally posted on the Charity Comms blog I find myself saying “Chip and Dan” a lot at work – mostly to my boss. We will be in a meeting and hear a particularly surprising, interesting story, “very Chip and Dan.”Chip… Continue reading →

Social media and the last taboo

I should feel very guilty. Every day I deliberately try to bring people with mental health problems onto Facebook, Twitter and online forums, where their social skills will wither and where they will be a target for scammers and stalking… Continue reading →

Social media and the last taboo

2015 note: I wrote this in 2010 while I was working at the mental health charity Rethink, but left there in late 2014. I should feel very guilty. Every day I deliberately try to bring people with mental health problems… Continue reading →

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