Charity turns to crowdfunding to drive new campaign

 

Child Vision is launching a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo to distribute their innovative, self-adjustable glasses to those who need them most.

The organisation says the campaign has been launched because 100 million children in the developing world sit in classrooms without being able to see the blackboard clearly.

Poor vision has a significant impact on the education, quality of life, and economic potential of young people. Professor Joshua Silver created the first self-adjustable glasses, the Adspecs, an invention that led to his nomination as ‘Inventor of the Year’ in 2011 by the European Patent Office. These glasses are based on a fluid-filled lens technology that the user adjusts until they can see clearly. While Adspecs were designed for adult use, Child Vision glasses use similar technology but the glasses have been developed specifically for young people aged between 12 and 18.

For full story, see charitydigitalnews.co.uk

The story of ‘British values’ ignores the impact of activism

Manners, aristocracy, freedom: all things we tend to think of as inherent British values. But, says rapper Akala, we are taught a distorted version of history which erases serious political struggle. That, he argues, is what really bought us the fragile freedoms we have today.

Why are you not upsetting more people?

This is a great TED talk by Seth Godin, who argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so. It’s all about ‘upsetting’ people.

Seth defines why we need to talk to Tribes. More interestingly, he points out that if you try and talk to everybody, all you do is produce bland communications. To get noticed better these days, you first need to grab people’s attention. You need to ‘upset’ people. Because if you’re not upsetting anyone, you’re not changing the status quo. What do you think? Disrupt or conform?

“So three questions I’d offer you.

The first one is, who exactly are you upsetting? Because if you’re not upsetting anyone, you’re not changing the status quo.

The second question is, who are you connecting? Because for a lot of people, that’s what they’re in it for: the connections that are being made, one to the other.

And the third one is, who are you leading? Because focusing on that part of it — not the mechanics of what you’re building, but the who, and the leading part — is where change comes.

You don’t need permission from people to lead them. But in case you do, here it is: they’re waiting, we’re waiting for you to show us where to go next. So here is what leaders have in common.

The first thing is, they challenge the status quo. They challenge what’s currently there. The second thing is, they build a culture. A secret language, a seven-second handshake, a way of knowing that you’re in or out. They have curiosity. Curiosity about people in the tribe, curiosity about outsiders. They’re asking questions. They connect people to one another. Do you know what people want more than anything? They want to be missed. They want to be missed the day they don’t show up. They want to be missed when they’re gone.And tribe leaders can do that. It’s fascinating, because all tribe leaders have charisma, but you don’t need charisma to become a leader. Being a leader gives you charisma. If you look and study the leaders who have succeeded, that’s where charisma comes from — from the leading. Finally, they commit. They commit to the cause. They commit to the tribe. They commit to the people who are there.”

Most interestingly I wonder if this thinking is something that, perhaps unknowingly, Corbyn and his followers are living by. First focusing on the Corbynista tribe, hoping that their ideas will eventually spread, persuading other tribes to follow.

Cover photo credit goes to a wonderful photographer and a project we love: Before They Pass Away

All is possible when people come together

Great minds thinking alike after all.

All is possible is an idea about making a difference in this world. So it is nice to see that same mindset being applied to this wonderful new video in the run-up to the Climate talks in Paris at the COP21. Anything is possible when people come together. So, if you are planning a project that you want your donors and supporters to engage with, why not give us a call and see how we can work together.

A bit more about the film:

Using famous faces

Created by agency Don’t Panic, 100% Possible features famous figures who triumphed over adversity – including Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi, alongside modern heroes such as Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and J.K. Rowling.

The film imagines these icons had never taken on the great challenges that have shaped today’s world.

Using a 2.5D parallax technique on manipulated photographs, 100% Possible opens with a middle-aged Steve Jobs working as a sales executive, sitting alone in an office cubicle  – no iPhone in sight and a Microsoft sticker on his bulky PC.

The film then depicts other iconic leaders in alternate realities, having never attempted the impossible-seeming feats that made them famous and transformed our world.

The video encourages the same determination and bold thinking when it comes to tackling climate change.

Challenging perceptions

100% Possible advocates for a transformational shift away from fossil fuels to 100% clean, safe, renewable energy – and aims to explode the myth that it would be “impossible” for the world to be powered this way.

The timing of 100% Possible’s release highlights that next week’s COP21 summit offers a unique opportunity to accelerate momentum towards a 100% clean energy future.

Designing The Stop Sign

What if there were no stop signs, and a major corporation was charged with inventing one? They’d brief their agency and let them do it. Sorta. Welcome to corporate creativity, where groupthink and endless revisions help good ideas get executed.

Does this sound familiar? Watch this classic video as a reminder of how too often creative projects work.

What is your goal in life?

What is your goal in life? Will you be adding value to your life? Or anybody else’s life?

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Drew Dudley says that our society teaches the “game” – the rules, perspectives, and expectations, for school, work, and life. He hypothesises that this interferes with leadership and happiness. His advice on how to win the game: “Please don’t play that game.” Choose to live in an economy of abundance rather than one of scarcity. Add value, says Drew, and satisfaction will follow.

The former Coordinator of one of the largest university leadership development programs in Canada, Drew Dudley nevertheless embraces the idea that “leadership cannot really be taught. It can only be learned.”

In Drew’s current role as the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Nuance Leadership Inc., he works with organisations around the world to empower people to increase their leadership capacity.

Drew has spoken to over 100,000 people around the world and been featured on The Huffington Post, Radio America, Forbes.com, and TED.com, where his “TED talk” has been voted “one of the 15 most inspirational TED talks of all time” and viewed over 1.5 million times.

His work with some of Canada’s largest schools, corporations and government agencies has led to him being called “one of the most motivating and inspiring speakers on leadership out there right now” (Dr. Brian Harrington, Oxford University).

About TEDx, x = independently organised event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organised events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organised.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

Double standards drive our broken relationship to charities

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that drives our broken relationship to charities. Too many nonprofits, he says, are rewarded for how little they spend — not for what they get done. Instead of equating frugality with morality, he asks us to start rewarding charities for their big goals and big accomplishments (even if that comes with big expenses). In this bold talk, he says: Let’s change the way we think about changing the world.