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What do you wish you’d known when you started blogging? Tips from @mindwaves1

As part of our work on Mind Waves, Third Sector Lab’s @rosiehopes was asked to deliver a session on blogging at Glasgow Women’s Library. The workshop participants were totally new to blogging, so rather than getting bogged down with technical stuff, we focussed on top tips from other novice bloggers. This presentation is essentially crowd-sourced…
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Suicide alert app #samaritansradar – innovative and practical use of technology

A post from @rosiehopes, who manages mindwavesnews.com: a mental health citizen journalism project run in partnership by Third Sector Lab and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde There are few things that take more courage than admitting publicly that you feel suicidal. Imagine picking up your phone, writing and re-working a tweet over and over again…
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Ebola treatment tent in Liberia with Carebnb

Carebnb – 4 lessons learned from the Airbnb ebola spoof

[dc]I[/dc]n a very strange move this is my second blog post in as many days about a non-profit spoof Airbnb website. My post yesterday looked at lessons learned from Barnardo’s interesting #Carebandb campaign. Their campaign highlights the often squalid living conditions many care leavers face. One of my major concerns with the campaign was the fact…
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5 lessons learned from Barnardo’s #carebandb spoof website

[dropcap]B[/dropcap]arnardo’s have just launched their fantastic #carebandb campaign to highlight the state of housing provision that care leavers face across the UK. Mimicking Airbnb, the campaign was devised in-house and is brilliantly executed. This type of campaign could be delivered relatively cheaply by most charities – what are the lessons learned? [mark]1. Provide a rich…
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10 Halloween social media, fundraising and content gems for non-profits

[dropcap]H[/dropcap]alloween is coming but how do you make the most of it? I’ve rounded up the most spooktacular (sorry, really sorry) social media and fundraising resources for charities. 1. 28 Halloween ideas to make your social media rock 2. 3 great examples of brand generated spooky content 3. Fundraising Tricks and Treats: Raise more than…
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11 must-read digital inclusion reports and case studies

I’ve been thinking a lot about digital inclusion for various reasons, so  I thought it would be worthwhile sharing some of my research. So here’s my eleven essential digital inclusion resources and research papers. There’s a definite Scottish focus to these and it’s worth noting they’re in no particular order: 1. Spreading the benefits of…
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What was the impact of the Commonwealth Games on Scottish charities?

During the Commonwealth Games, our Director Ross McCulloch @thirdsectorlab caught up with Sara Thomas @lirazelf  as part of #citizen2014 to give his views on how the games would affect Scottish charities. Here’s his take, but three months on, does it hold true? Do you feel as optimistic about the Commonwealth legacy now that the flags…
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Digital Scotland: future-proofing the third sector

We recently worked with the Health and Social Care Alliance on their #ourfuture14 conference. You can see the storify that our social reporter team produced here.  Our Director Ross has also contributed to ‘Imagining the Future’ – a collection of think pieces providing insight into some of the essential ingredients for shaping a fairer, healthier future Scotland.…
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Imagining the future: our social reporting at #ourfuture14

We were asked to provide social reporting support to the Health and Social Care Alliance for their #ourfuture14 conference. Our @rosiehopes trained up a team of six volunteers, carers, staff and people with lived experience of health and social care services and let them loose with smart phones. None of them were too shy to…
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Five simple ways to get everyone in your organisation passionate about social media

I cannot believe I’m writing a piece on getting everyone in an organisation involved with social media in 2014, but the reality is most charities and public sector organisations are a long way off truly embracing the medium. Technology isn’t really the issue – it all boils down to trust. That isn’t to say that…
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Obama v Romney – Social Media Election 2012 [Infographic]

Social media will play a key role in the outcome of the 2012 US Presidential Election. Who will come out on top – Mitt Romney or Barack Obama? Our infographic highlights the key stats from the campaign, showing who wins the major social media battle grounds. You might be surprised! VIEW FULL SIZE. Feel free…
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It’s all change

If you’ve been following this blog you’re probably a little dissapointed at the level of activity recently. I’ve not posted here in a while because I’ve started using rossmcculloch.com for my personal thoughts, I’ve been busy organising Be Good Be Social and, most importantly, I’ve been taking on a lot of new client work. The Third…
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Like Minds 2010 – Calling all social media savvy charities

If you’re even remotely interested in social media then a trip to Like Minds 2010 should be in your diary. It’s worth the £50 entry fee just to hear Steve Bridger speak. Despite the general awesomeness of the Like Minds event, one element leaves a rather sour taste in the mouth – The Like Minds…
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Five with coffee

If you’re interested in all things non-profit and social media then grab a coffee and have a gander at these five ludicrously useful and interesting blog posts… 50 Social Media Tactics for Non-Profits Chad Norman provides 50 easy-peasy tactics which will help your charity meet the objectives of its social media strategy. If you’ve not…
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Glasgow Twestival

I’ve not posted on here for almost a month as most of my spare time has been taken up organising Glasgow Twestival Local 2009. All the hours the volunteer team have ploughed in to planning the event are definitely going to be worthwhile. If you have plans for 10th September 2009 scrap them now. Whatever…
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What the f*ck is social media?

The full title of Marta Kagan’s presentation (below) is actually ‘What the f*ck is social media? One Year Later’. However that doesnt make for nearly as snappy a post-title. If you work for a business or non-profit who currently think social media is a waste of time you need to show them this. Marta’s follow…
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The O2 Twinterview

A couple of weeks ago I asked my readers to come up with twitter-related questions for James Paterson, Digital Communications Manager at O2. James hasn’t had time to answer them all but below you’ll find some great insights in to how a corporate giant engages with people on a personal level via social media. So are O2…
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The story (so far) of twitter

Rather than insert an image of the test card while I wait for James to respond to everyone’s wonderful social media questions here’s the story (so far) of twitter. Infoshots came up with the original design concept, which was tweaked slightly by Manolith. Start at the roots of the tree and work your way up.…
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Ask @o2 a question…

They employ over 11,000 people in the UK, operate 450 retail stores and sponsor the country’s biggest music venue. If there’s one word to describe o2 it is HUGE. Despite their size the telecommunications behemoth is one of the few major corporations truly engaging with their customers via the medium of social media. I’ve been particularly impressed at how quickly and efficiently…
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Connecting Scotland’s digital community

On Friday night I attended the wonderful Digital Britain Unconference Scotland organised by Craig McGill. Twenty three people crammed into a private area of The Living Room, Glasgow, to discuss the future of the internet in Scotland. Some pretty interesting topics were covered, from broadband access across rural areas to the proliferation of social media.…
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e-Festival of Ideas

Vibewire’s wonderful online youth conference, e-Festival of Ideas, opens this week. I feel privileged to have been invited to contribute to the e-Festival as a guest panelist on the topic of ‘Social Media Making a Change?’ We’ll be looking at how social media can drive social change; how online media tools and applications impact poverty, climate…
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geek + heart = social innovation

Not long until the call for ideas for the wonderful Social Innovation Camp Scotland closes. Friday 22nd May to be precise. Essentially the SIcamp weekend is all about using the net and technology for positive social change. They need the help of a huge range of people – from software developers through to business experts,…
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Crisis communication online

A slight break from the norm this week. I was contacted via twitter by a BA Hons PR student who is carrying out research for her dissertation. Have a look at the information below, hopefully you can help her out. My name is Faye Saville, I am a final year BA (Hons) Public Relations student…
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The man who changed twitter

With the press of a few buttons on his iPhone, Janis Krums changed the way the world looks at twitter. While the traditional news networks were still searching for the plane in the Hudson, that photo was already spreading like wildfire across the twittersphere. Many people see the @jkrums photograph as signalling the beginning of…
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Ask @jkrums a question

Anyone who tweets will know all about the ultimate twitter citizen journalist, Janis Krums (@jkrums). Long before the big media outlets had even broken the story, Janis captured the very first photograph of Flight 1549 after it was skilfully put down in the Hudson River, New York, by Captain Chelsey B “Sully” Sullenberger. Since taking…
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Third Sector Forums Beta Launch

Today is Social Enterprise Day…hooray! To celebrate Social Enterprise Day, I’m very happy to announce the beta launch of Third Sector Forums. A new friendly online community for UK charity professionals, volunteers and social entrepreneurs. The forums are a place for people to network, learn, debate and discuss third sector issues. Categories include funding, fundraising, governance,…
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My new Sunday Mail blog

I’ve recently started writing a blog on the Sunday Mail website. The blog is part of the Heart of Scotland network which I feel privileged to be taking part in. There’s a great range of blogs covering topics as diverse as journalism, living with a disability and traffic cones! As well as all the hefty…
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An intro to the Lab

From your local bowling club or community hall to the latest celebrity endorsed idea that will supposedly change the world. Third Sector Lab looks at volunteering, charities and social enterprise. The blog isn’t just for people working or volunteering in the third sector. I hope to show people where their donations go and cast a…
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