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October 4 2023

Partnering with United Voices Network to Promote Anti-Racist Youth Work

Third Sector Lab Director, Ross McCulloch, is handing over his twitter account to United Voices Network this Black History Month.
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Oct 28 2014

5 lessons learned from Barnardo’s #carebandb spoof website

Barnardo’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? 1. Provide a rich…

Oct 24 2014

10 Halloween social media, fundraising and content gems for non-profits

Halloween is coming up and charities can make the most of it with these spooktacular social media and fundraising resources! From Halloween ideas for social media to creative fundraising ideas, this top ten list has got you covered.

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

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…

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…