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mercredi 9 janvier 2008

Karmatube - zen fun

Today, instead of doing your daily youtube or dailymotion update, check out Karmatube - stories of inspiration and change from around the world:

TED for President!

We all want to make poverty history. But maybe we’re not thinking it through properly. Say hello to TED, an organisation committed to developing new thinking and the new thinkers who have the outside of the box ideas we need. Click on the visual below to visit TED’s video streaming page, and blow your preconceptions out of the water! Change the world. Spread the word.image-3.png

The Fundraising Coach

There is a guy in the US who calls himself the Fundraising Coach. A very interesting proposition for us non-profiteers around the world. Marc Pitman is his name, and he has written books on how to get fundraisers out of their daily routines and live the passion for changing the world. Interestingly, he has devised a nice little tool that we all should be using - the personal/professional weekly goals brochure. Download it here and use it! Putting your personal mission next to your organisation’s is a very eye-opening experience!


OK, my apologies. Just starting up a blog, and then disappearing is not necessarily the best way of ensuring that you keep coming back for more, but I couldn’t get online. In fact, the only way that these words are going to make it from my computer into yours is if I can find a Starbucks. In this globalised world, there is a certain comfort in knowing that whichever town you end up in the US, there is a fair chance of finding a Starbucks. And with it, your favourite cup of coffee and the chance to get online and reconnect with the world from wherever you are. Some call this scary. Others call it progress. I call it opportunity.

One of the things that encouraged me to start blogging is the huge, absolutely huge quantity of information and fantastic initiatives that are out there. Stuff that is essential, fundamental even, for developing new ideas and finding out what others are thinking. But if it is so essential, why do we not include this in job descriptions? How many organisations actively encourage their staff to take 30 minutes each morning or evening and surf? Are we afraid of empowering staff and employees? Are we afraid that they’ll spend the time on hotmail? What about if we included weekly update reports on new ideas and thinking gleaned from the web in our team meetings?

Pushing the idea even further, why do we not ask board members for non profits to spend a mandatory 30 minutes each day on the web? We could give them a couple of basic resources - some great sites and blogs to start with, and then encourage them to set themselves free. It might take a bit of time, but this could be an excellent way of allowing board members (who often have a very insular view of their organisations) to broaden their horizons.

On another note, in my last post I shared some of my thoughts on post-Katrina reconstruction, and encouraged you to visit Architecture for Humanity to see some of the fantastic work they are doing in the affected areas of Biloxi and New Orleans. Since I returned from this stricken area, I’ve been asking friends and colleagues to not forget - not forget the tens of thousands of victims still living in trailers. And this video on you tube sums it up perhaps better than I could ever do.

Myspace to Ourspace

from myspace into ourspace. this is the challenge.

we live in a totally flat world - i’ve just flown across half of it in less time than it takes to do a couple of loads of washing. so why is it that so many of us are so reticent about sharing our ideas? what makes one person’s ideas any better than any others’? I often start training sessions by sharing my belief that if there is one person standing up at the front of the room, and 25 sitting down at the back, you will get better value by listening and speaking to the 25 at the back - simple maths really.

So, here is my challenge (on a day where jetlag is going to be keeping this post short and sweet). If you read something on this blog, or on any blog or website, take 5 minutes and share one thought. Just one. Post one comment. It doesn’t have to be positive. Or negative. But it has to be your voice. Make it heard. Let the rest of the world know that your are out there. Believe me, you’ll feel great once you’ve pressed the “submit comment” button.


Flight Club

few months ago a stranger bought me a drink at the Eurostar terminal in London. Well, actually, a stranger was standing behind me as I dithered around trying to negotiate buying one pint and a bag of crisps on a credit card with a understandable sceptical bartender. And this stranger got understandably frustrated and realised that buying my drink was going to be the quickest way to get served.

In a very British and slightly confused way, I would only accept if I could buy the next one (hoping of course that two pints would be my ticket to credit card freedom). My new stranger drink-buying samaritan accepted and I joined her and a friend at their table.

3 hours later, having made serious inroads into the Eurostar bar alcohol stock, I emerged in Paris with a new friend and the beginnings of a hangover. A quite unlikely, even incredibly improbable meeting. And one which has turned into a great friendship.

The moral of this equally unlikely story? In this wild and wacky world that we live in, travel is omnipresent. Be it in the metro or the bus on the way to work, or in a plane or train, airport or station…we spend hours of our lives in the presence of total strangers every week. Often not talking. Or even interacting.

There is often a good reason for this, and we all have moments where the last possible thing you want to do is strike up a conversation with a random stranger in the subway on an early morning commute. But some days are different. Some days we could be more open to the joy of meeting and chatting to a total stranger. Some days we could enjoy the pleasure of company when we are in own little worlds. Some days, the vision of another person could bring a new perspective to our lives.

Which is why today I want to tell you about Flight Club. This wonderful little website, lets you enter your future travel details for flights, and then have the opportunity to connect with total strangers who are taking the same flight as you. A kind of internet global connections social networking system, sort of, that aims to turn dull trips into positive human experiences. You meet in the terminal before the flight, and if you get on you can choose to travel together. Or not.

Watch this space and I’ll tell you more about the random world of flight club. You might even want to join…

jeudi 20 décembre 2007


__“Be the change you want to see in the world”__ said Gandhi. And so we shall! This blog is designed to be an open platform for all to contribute the little things we can do, and are doing, every day to make the world a better place. %%% Share your vision for the future here. When I have something to say, I will add a new thought or idea. Come and add yours too. Na?ve? Yes. Ambitious? Yes. Human? Yes. Within the reach of all? Yes, again. This is OurSpace, rather than MySpace. Let’s enjoy it.