5 reasons I’m excited about Social Media for Social Good Glasgow

Scotland’s third sector digital media conference returns to The Albany Learning and Conference centre on 17th May and I’m pretty bloody excited. Here’s why…

1. We’ll get the inside track on how the #EqualMarriage campaign harnessed the power of social media

{Jump to 4.08 to listen to Tom French who will be speaking at our event}

2. Stephen Naysmith, The Herald, will be openly exploring how charities and social entrepreneurs can use social media to effectively connect with ‘traditional’ journalists.

3. We’ll have workshops centred around real-life case studies from the likes of National Trust for Scotland, Young Scot, Scottish Athletics, Youth Football Scotland and Leith Library.

4. It’s a chance to meet other third sector professionals interested in getting the most out of their online presence.

5. Leah Lockhart, The Improvement Service, and Marc Bowker, formerly Quarriers, will be looking at the often overlooked issue of how social media fits within your organisational culture.

Book your place today


Social Media for Social Good | Glasgow | 17th May 2013

Tickets are now available for Social Media for Social Good on 17th May 2013 at the Albany Learning and Conference Centre, Glasgow. The full-day conference is jam packed full of inspirational speakers and practical workshops for charities, social enterprises, community groups and other third sector organisations.

Highlights include Tom French speaking about the success of the #EqualMarriage campaign, Stephen Naysmith exploring social media as a tool for getting your stories in the press and workshops on Facebook, workplace culture, engaging young people, social media for sports groups and more.

Full programme PDF and booking form below. For further info email john.robertson@gcvs.org.uk or call 0141 332 2444




I’ve just had the bikes I love stolen

UPDATE: I’m now offering a £100 reward to anyone whose info directly results in me getting my Brodie Loki back. 

Those of you who know me will know I don’t own a car and I cycle most places. Well that’s come to an abrupt end as both my bicycles were stolen recently from the locked communal store area in my flat in Glasgow. That’s me above chatting to some pigs with the Brodie Loki that was stolen.

The bikes in question are:

Brodie Loki full-suspension mountain bike (photo below and above) RRP £1799

– Full Brodie Loki spec. Mine also has Shimano M525 pedals and Crudcatcher mudguards.

Edinburgh Bike Co-op Revolution Courier S1ngle singlespeed (photo below) RRP £250

– Mine also has Zefal slim mudguards, Wellgo Grey Platform pedals and a child seat fitting under the seat.

Given the value and rarity of the Brodie Loki I’m most annoyed about having that one knicked. But I really did love my singlespeed too, I now have no way of turning up to meetings sweaty.

The bike was imported from Canada, I’ve never seen anyone with one before and there’s literally a handful of the them in the UK. If that bike comes up for sale in Scotland I’m 99.999999% sure it’s mine. Mine is also fitted with Shimano M525 SPD pedals and crudcatchers.

If you see a Brodie Loki coming up for sale anywhere, especially eBay, Gumtree Glasgow or the Barras then please let me know: ross(@)thirdsectorlab.co.uk – 07515162686 – @ThirdSectorLab on Twitter.

You can also help spread the word by sharing this post on Twitter, Facebook or emailing your friends – social share buttons at the bottom of this post.

You can also print out a poster for your bike shop, etc.

Please, please help spread the word and maybe I can get my bikes back!

Brodie Loki ’08

Revolution Courier S1ngle ’10


FREE workshops on Prezi, Google Docs & Evernote in Glasgow on 10th Dec

As part of the GCVS AGM we’re programming a few workshops on Prezi, Google Docs & Evernote – along with a talk from me on 10 free tools to make you more productive online.

If you’d like to join us on the morning of Mon 10th Dec at The Albany Centre, Glasgow then download and fill out the booking form below then return it to john.robertson@gcvs.org.uk

It’s open to all, totally free and there’s even breakfast!

Martha Payne: From school dinners to Hollywood offers

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Following the success of her school dinners blog, 9-year-old blogger Martha Payne has raised over £100,000 for Mary’s Meals, the international charity which sets up school feeding programmes in countries where poverty and hunger prevent children from gaining an education.

We’ll be hearing from Daniel Adams, Mary’s Meals Press & Communications Officer, at Social Media for Social Good on 22nd Nov in Glasgow.

Book your place on the conference or see the full line-up.

Socially Aware Senior Officer – @DCCTayside

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We’re incredibly lucky to have Gordon Scobie, UK Police Lead for Social Media, speaking at Social Media for Social Good on 22nd Nov 2012 in Glasgow. Gordon will be giving us an insight in to lessons learned by the police’s use of social media over recent years.

See the full conference lineup and book a place today.

Social Media for Social Good – 22nd Nov 2012 – Glasgow

Bookings can now be made for Scotland’s third sector social media conference via the Glasgow Council for the Voluntary Sector (GCVS) website.

Taking place on 22nd Nov at The Albany Learning & Conference Centre in Glasgow, Social Media for Social Good is a day long event packed with expert talks and workshops to help charities, community groups and social enterprises get the most out of social media.

£99 + VAT for 1 delegate, £185 + VAT for 2 delegates

Lunch included

There is a 20% discount available for GCVS members