Global Service Jam Scotland


Global Service Jam Scotland happens this weekend. You really should try and make it along to this event, hosted by the wonderful Snook. Here’s some more info from Snook…

The Global Service Jam Scotland will be a high-energy, collaborative & freeform event, in which some of the brightest minds and lovely folk in Scotland (and even a few from further afield!) will get together to design new services in parallel with a whole host of jams across the world.

We’re hoping to have a good mix of creatives, service designers and industry, public sector & service experts.

The Lighthouse
Centre for Architecture, Design and the City
56 Mitchell Lane
Glasgow, G1 3LX

Fri 11 March 17:00 – 22:00
Sat 12 March 09:00 – 22:00
Sun 13 March 09:00 – 15:00


There’s still time to SIGN UP! Its free!

Who’s Coming? industry professionals, designers, students

What to Bring
Camera and/or Video camera
Drinks & Snacks
Chunky markers

Scotland Satellite Teams Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, Forres, Anywhere!
If you can’t make it to Glasgow why not set up or join a Satellite Team in your local area. We’ll help you out with the organisation and will stay connected over Skype throughout the weekend.
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Activism vs. Slacktivism – @FairSay debate

Debate: Activism vs. Slacktivism

Does activism via digital channels work? It depends on who you ask. Join a debate of skeptics, realists and optimists exploring the impact of digital activism.


All activism depends on the belief and hope by participants that acting together will make a difference. With increasing debate and rhetoric around the influence and power of digital activism, what will the future be for this form of mobilisation if misinformed commentary or ill-conceived use of digital tools and networks attempt to undermine it?

The debate will challenge and provoke:

  • campaigners who are not using online mobilisation strategically and the debate will challenge them to up their game
  • skeptics of the power of digital activism and the debate will challenge them to learn how and when digital activism does work


(See bottom of page for bios and position of speakers)

Chair: Kathryn Corrick – Digital Media Consultant

  • Paul Hilder – Director of Campaigns, Oxfam
  • David Babbs – Executive Director, 38 Degrees
  • Naomi McAuliffe – Campaign Manager, Amnesty International
  • Tom Steinberg – Director,
  • Sam Smith – Democracy & Transparency activist
  • Eric Lee – Founding Editor of
  • Micah White – Adbusters & Guardian contributor (Via recorded video presentation)
  • Other to be confirmed


  1. Each articulates their points in a 5-10 minute presentation (TED-style)
  2. Opportunity to respond to others’ points for 20 minutes
  3. Audience question, answer, comment and debate


We aim to stream the event live, allow questions from online audience as well as recording it for later viewing online.

Regional Social Enterprise Day Events 2010 #socentday

Regional Social Enterprise Day events

North East

The North East Social Enterprise Partnership is holding a series of sub-regional events across the North East on Social Enterprise Day.  The events, taking place in Tees Valley, Durham and Northumberland, will explore a range of issues and will be bound by the common theme of addressing what sort of business support is needed by social enterprises to prosper and take up new opportunities presented by the Big Society.

For further detail please visit the NESEP website:

Social Enterprise Day 2010 – Northumberland/Tyne and Wear

Social Enterprise Day 2010 – Durham

Social Enterprise Day 2010 – Tees Valley

North West

Following the sell-out success of last year’s Social Enterprise North West Trade Fair, this year the ‘In Business for Good’ Trade Fair will be taking place on Social Enterprise Day at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.

Last year’s event attracted over 90 exhibitors and 600 delegates and this year offers opportunities for trading and networking as well as the chance to participate in workshops on contracting with social landlords, franchising, the Personalisation Agenda and much much more.

The annual Trade Fair, supported by the Northwest Regional Development Agency, is also an excellent way for the public sector to see how the government’s Big Society Social Enterprise North West logo

is already being delivered in practice, across the North West.

Speaking on the day are Philip Blond, Director of ResPublica, Clare Dove, CEO of Blackburne House and Liam Byrne MP (invited).

To register visit

For more information contact

East Midlands

Social Enterprise East Midlands (SEEM) will be offering a full-day conference bringing together the latest sector news and information, a variety of practical workshops and most importantly, the opportunity to network with practitioners and supporters of social enterprise from across the East Midlands giving you the tools for ‘connecting the dots’.

Workshops will cover topics such as consortia building, community share issues, choosing the right impact measurement tool, investment readiness and the latest in social media.  Social Enterprise East Midlands logoWe will also be addressing the new and innovative ways that social enterprises are responding to the delivery of public services both from within and outside of the public sector.

As always, we will take the opportunity of Social Enterprise Day to celebrate the successes and achievements of the many social enterprises that enrich the region’s economy.

Please visit the SEEM website to find out more

West Midlands
Social Enterprise West Midlands logo

Social Enterprise West Midlands (SEWM) members are planning to hold events across the region to celebrate Social Enterprise Day.

SEWM has been busy gathering details of all the events going on around the region which celebrate and promote the sector and a list is now available on their website.


South West

RISE are running a series of sessions in schools in Bristol, Cornwall, Plymouth & Torbay. The idea behind running the sessions is to introduce and enhance young people’s ideas about social enterprise, ensure they understand the importance of social enterprise as a business model and inspire them to consider social enterprise as a career option.RISE logo

These sessions have been funded by the South West Regional Development Agency.

RISE are also exhibiting at the Social Enterprise Day event at Plymouth University on the 18th November. Chief Exec of RISE – Julie Harris – is also sitting on a panel for a Q&A session at the event on ‘How can social enterprise in Plymouth be supported to flourish?’.

Register your event

If you are planning Social Enterprise Day event make sure you let people know about it! Register your event as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week on the Enterprise UK website.


Hat tip to the @WeAreThink guys for the link.

@marcbowker’s take on #BeGoodBeSocial

For those of you who follow me on Twitter, are friends with me on Facebook, or who I’ve spoken to recently will probably know my involvement in BeGoodBeSocial. But I’m acutely aware that even those of you who know me still are a little bemused by what all the fuss was about surrounding the very first Third Sector meet up for people to come together with an interest in social media for social good.

There have already been many blogs written about this amazingly successful event and so I’m not simply going to repeat what they’ve all said, appreciating that I’m a little slow off the mark! Instead, I’d like to attempt to get across what impact the Be Good Be Social event has had on the group of individuals who attended it. It goes without saying that without Ross McCulloch of Third Sector Lab, founder of Be Good Be Social, the event probably wouldn’t have happened. Ross is an amazing person who I’ve come to know and who really gets behind an idea and drives it. He’s also somebody, in my opinion, who likes to remove himself from the limelight and instead concentrates on reaping the rewards of change that his ideas create.

Be Good Be Social brought together individuals from across the Third Sector who actually wanted to be there! People were intrigued about what all the fuss was about. They were hungry to learn, eager to ask questions and excited about the future. I wasn’t alone then.

Let me take a quick break here and tell you were I’ve come from to be here and involved in Be Good Be Social. Twitter. That amazing micro blogging site that you either love, hate or simply don’t get. But let me tell you, Twitter is an extremely powerful resource. It also changed the way that I interacted with people. Still scratching your head? Well, I work in Communications (think brand awareness, PR, print, design and all that goes with that kind of stuff), I should be an excellent networker right? Wrong. I hate networking! I hate the thought of attending an event and having to introduce myself to complete strangers. It sends shivers up my spine whenever I have to do such a thing. But then Twitter arrived. And at first I, like many people, simple tested it out, made mistakes, learnt from them, learnt new ways to use Twitter etc. Then the Glasgow Twestival happened and it changed all that. I had been tweeting a growing personal network of people within my vicinity for months in the run up to the Twestival and then bang, the event finally arrived. I turned up, wrote my Twitter name on my sticker and attached it to my chest, as had all the other attendees. Within an instant, I knew the person I’d been tweeting to the other day, week or month. Barriers were immediately broken down, the ice was certainly broken and we could chat to each other about our tweets and rapidly move on to something else. These people were no longer simply on my computer screen but were now physically in my network. I knew who I warmed to, who I wasn’t sure of and who I thought I’d like to get to know you better.

So there you go, Twitter is the sole reason that I’m involved in Be Good Be Social, because that’s were I was first introduced to all the people I met at the actual event in person. Amazing isn’t it? Well I think so.

Be Good Be Social has left all those who attended and all those who joined in the conversation via the hashtag (#BeGoodBeSocial) keen to share and collaborate on ideas within the Third Sector. They want more. They want another Be Good Be Social. They want to speak to each other about things that are relevant to all of us working in this sector.

Things are about to change around here through a group of people striving to make a difference in our local communities. Together, we’re embracing the power of social media to make change happen, to raise awareness of things that matter in our society and to make people realise that there are people worse off than us.

Can you feel that power yet?

Of course, we’re already talking about the next Be Good Be Social. Why not prepare yourself now so you don’t miss any announcements:

The web:


Twitter: (follow the conversation with the hashtag #BeGoodBeSocial)

View photos taken by the amazing Julie Broadfoot on the night of the very first Be Good Be Social right here: 


Learning to be better fundraisers #begoodbesocial (via @MNDScotland)

What with the Cornflower Ball and all its attendant busyness, I didn’t get a chance to talk about the Institute of Fundraising Scotland conference, or Be Good Be Social. Next week (probably) I’m going to talk about the film that we used at the Ball, about how it came to be and how we’re going to use it in the future.

This week though, I want to take a little bit of time to talk about these two events that the Fundraising department have been to recently… It’s easy to get cynical about conferences and the like but I’ve come away from both of these events having gained some insight and feeling positive about the sector.

So…. the IoF Scotland conference. A chance to get together with other folk in the sector and hear about what everyone’s doing, and with sessions from other charities & fundraising professionals so there’s no shortage of thought-food. Last year the conference was a 2-day event, but with training budgets being what they are at the moment, and the feeling being that it was difficult to justify 2 days away from the coalface under such circumstances, this was reduced to a fairly packed single day. A few comments were made about not having the same opportunity to discuss the sessions and meet other fundraisers because of this, but I can understand why it was done.

The Institute of Fundraising ( is “… the professional membership body for UK fundraising. Its mission is to support fundraisers, through leadership, representation, standards-setting and education, and it champions and promotes fundraising as a career choice.” Amongst other things, they run conferences & training sessions, publish codes of conduct, and looks to represent fundraisers.

Highlights of the day for me included the session from Natalie Morris from Maggie’s on developing community fundraising in a growing charity – like us, a significant proportion of their income comes from community fundraising events, so it was interesting to see what another organisation does.  From my notes, I have scrawled and starred and underlined the words “Empowerment of the Volunteer – give tools to get started”.  This rang true not only because it’s a similar approach to the one we employ, but also because it’s a useful attitude to transfer to social media – let those who wish to advocate for you do so, give them the best information you can, and be prepared to let go a little.


The closing plenary by Alan Clayton, entitled “The Inspiration Show” found me somewhat cynical to begin with but I have to admit that he won me over by the end.  I have two particularly starred & underlined notes from this session – “inspiration is emotional resonance”, and concerning rapport with donors “understand what makes them anxious/euphoric – get into same ‘places’ as your donors” – next to which I’ve written “Case for Social Media!” because to understand what makes your donors tick, it might be a plan to speak to them, eh?

Clearly there was a theme in my notes… and probably because of what I was doing the next day – off to Edinburgh to The Melting Pot, and the inaugural Be Good Be Social event. 

(photo from

To explain:  Be Good Be Social (search for #begoodbesocial on twitter, or go to is Scotland’s first social media third sector meetup.  Or Tweetup, to be more precise.  The brainchild of Ross McCulloch of, the event aims/ed to bring together people in the third sector in Scotland who are interested or involved in using social media for social good. 

Along with representatives from a range of organisations, from Quarriers to OneKind to Oxfam, I was involved as part of the sounding board for the event, but make no mistake, this was most definitely Ross’ baby, and huge thanks should go to him for what he achieved.  Sessions came from OneKind, Oxfam, Steve Bridger & Snook/Mypolice, circling around what social media can achieve for the third sector, from using viral video to launch a campaign, to creating a network of “citizen journalists”. 

The packed event was live-streamed and live-tweeted, with conversations going on on twitter during the event itself between both attendees and people watching from afar.  Photos from the event are here: and there’s a few other blog posts kicking about that go into a lot more detail… like this one from Ross:  and this one from @tumshie

It was tremendous to be in a room full of people so positive not only about social media but also about the sector in general, enthusiastic about the future and who have with the drive and the energy to achieve Good Things Indeed.  Looking forward to the next one!

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#NFPtweetup – we salute you


I’ve been involved in a number of events over the last few years, most notably I was lead organiser of Glasgow’s first Twestival Local and, more recently, I was lucky enough to be part of the sounding board for Scotland’s first Media 140 event. Undoubtedly the success of those events inspired us to start thinking about a third sector social media event in Scotland – somewhere charity professionals and social entrepreneurs could learn, debate and connect. After some frantic planning, with a sounding board made up of third sector types more talented than I’ll ever be, Be Good Be Social was born. We’ve put together a pretty inspirational line-up of speakers and each round of tickets has sold out within hours – we’ll be releasing a handful more the week before the event. Overall I’m fairly chuffed with the way #BeGoodBeSocial is panning out. 

We took a bit of a risk planning this event – what if we hadn’t shifted any tickets or what if people thought our line-up was crap. Thankfully neither of those things have happened and, in a round about kind of way, that’s thanks to #NFPtweetup. Way back in November 2008 Rachel Beer and a bunch of other like-minded folks got together at The Coach and Horses pub in Soho, London, to have a natter about social media for social good. 8 events on, the NFPtweetup has evolved in to something huge, showcasing some ground-breaking digital campaigns and providing charity social media types with a space to connect both on and offline. So, had there been no NFPtweetup would we have taken the plunge and organised Be Good Be Social? I’m not so sure.

NFPtweetup…we salute you!