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Karmatube - zen fun

Today, instead of doing your daily youtube or dailymotion update, check outKarmatube - stories of inspiration and change from around the world:www.karmatube.org

TED for President!

We all want to make poverty history. But maybe we’re not thinking it throughproperly. Say hello to TED, anorganisation committed to developing new thinking and the new thinkers who havethe outside of the box ideas we need. Click on the visual below to visit TED’svideo streaming page, and blow your preconceptions out of the water! Change theworld. Spread the word.厕所偷窥china中文wc

The Fundraising Coach

There is a guy in the US who calls himself the Fundraising Coach. A veryinteresting proposition for us non-profiteers around the world. Marc Pitman ishis name, and he has written books on how to get fundraisers out of their dailyroutines and live the passion for changing the world. Interestingly, he hasdevised a nice little tool that we all should be using - thepersonal/professional weekly goals brochure. Download it herehttp://fundraisingcoach.com/articles/GoalsBrochure.9900.pdf and use it! Puttingyour personal mission next to your organisation’s is a very eye-openingexperience!

Opportunity...

OK, my apologies. Just starting up a blog, and then disappearing is notnecessarily the best way of ensuring that you keep coming back for more, but Icouldn’t get online. In fact, the only way that these words are going to makeit from my computer into yours is if I can find a Starbucks. In this globalisedworld, there is a certain comfort in knowing that whichever town you end up inthe US, there is a fair chance of finding a Starbucks. And with it, yourfavourite cup of coffee and the chance to get online and reconnect with theworld from wherever you are. Some call this scary. Others call it progress. Icall 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 outthere. Stuff that is essential, fundamental even, for developing new ideas andfinding out what others are thinking. But if it is so essential, why do we notinclude this in job descriptions? How many organisations actively encouragetheir staff to take 30 minutes each morning or evening and surf? Are we afraidof empowering staff and employees? Are we afraid that they’ll spend the time onhotmail? What about if we included weekly update reports on new ideas andthinking gleaned from the web in our team meetings?

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

On another note, in my last post I shared some of my thoughts onpost-Katrina reconstruction, and encouraged you to visit Architecture forHumanity to see some of the fantastic work they are doing in the affected areasof Biloxi and New Orleans. Since I returned from this stricken area, I’ve beenasking friends and colleagues to not forget - not forget the tens of thousandsof victims still living in trailers. And this video on you tube sums it upperhaps 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 lesstime than it takes to do a couple of loads of washing. so why is it that somany of us are so reticent about sharing our ideas? what makes one person’sideas any better than any others’? I often start training sessions by sharingmy belief that if there is one person standing up at the front of the room, and25 sitting down at the back, you will get better value by listening andspeaking to the 25 at the back - simple maths really.

So, here is my challenge (on a day where jetlag is going to be keeping thispost short and sweet). If you read something on this blog, or on any blog orwebsite, take 5 minutes and share one thought. Just one. Post one comment. Itdoesn’t have to be positive. Or negative. But it has to be your voice. Make itheard. 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.

enjoy!

Flight Club

few months ago a stranger bought me a drink at the Eurostar terminal inLondon. Well, actually, a stranger was standing behind me as I dithered aroundtrying to negotiate buying one pint and a bag of crisps on a credit card with aunderstandable sceptical bartender. And this stranger got understandablyfrustrated and realised that buying my drink was going to be the quickest wayto get served.

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

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

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

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

Which is why today I want to tell you about Flight Club. This wonderfullittle website, www.flight-club.org lets you enter your future travel detailsfor flights, and then have the opportunity to connect with total strangers whoare taking the same flight as you. A kind of internet global connections socialnetworking system, sort of, that aims to turn dull trips into positive humanexperiences. You meet in the terminal before the flight, and if you get on youcan choose to travel together. Or not.

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

jeudi 20 décembre 2007

Welcome

__“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 littlethings 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 willadd 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 thanMySpace. Let’s enjoy it.