my thoughts on the first #begoodbesocial

Who thought being good and being social would be so tiring. I’m knackered after Wednesday night but also incredibly excited about what #BeGoodBeSocial can become. I had feared that having 50 people at the first event would mean it would become just another social media event  – pack ’em in, lecture to them and send them home. Instead, and these are Stuart Glen’s words not mine, ‘this felt different’. While we still... Read More

presentations, photos and the livestream available now

Below are all the presentations for the first ever Be Good Be Social – they’re also available on the event’s Slideshare page. You can also watch the video of the livestream online now too – there were some PC to Mac difficulties and, on a less technical note, my arse also got in the way of the shot. We also have images from Be Good Be Social up on Flickr too thanks to Julie Broadfoot. Once I get my breath back I’ll add... Read More

5 things you need to know about tonight’s #begoodbesocial

1. It starts  at 6pm. Knowing when to turn up is always important. If you’re coming from Glasgow you’ll need to grab the 5pm train from Queen St. Here’s the full programme for the night.   2. It’s at The Melting Pot. If you’re not sure how to get there don’t fret, we’ve got a map and directions for you.   3. You can have a nosey at who’s coming along. Just mosey on over to our tickets page for a full... Read More

be good be social featured in The Herald

Just a quick heads up that you can read Stephen Naysmith’s feature on Be Good Be Social in today’s Scottish Herald (p20). If you’re unable to grab a copy of The Herald you can still read the full article online. One more sleep to go!  Read More

he’s really tall and he really likes social media

I’ve just been asked to write about myself and what excites me about Be Good Be Social. Hmmm…well I’m very tall for a start! I’m responsible for putting the charity Quarriers on the social media map, establishing their presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Bebo and more recently Flickr. Oh and did I forget to mention the blog?! Be Good Be Social is quite simply a great idea and I hope it will be repeated in the future. Together, we have... Read More

john’s excited…are you?

Social media is already a significant part of the communications mix for many organisations, and that’s no different for organisations like the Big Lottery Fund. While traditional web content acts like a megaphone, broadcasting information to those outside the organisation, social media channels like Twitter and Facebook gives funders an opportunity to interact with our customers, stakeholders and the public in a meaningful way. We can now listen... Read More

the official #begoodbesocial photographer

Social media is great at giving people a voice. It doesn’t matter who you are, there are amazing tools on the world wide web that let you share your views, promote your work, get on your soapbox, or just have a natter. The Media no longer talks at the public, the public is now a very real part of the conversation. I spent years running a TV show’s blog and message board, and learned how important it is to listen to and engage with your... Read More

should charities really be using social media?

In every social media workshop I’ve ever attended, there’s been a familiar raft of voices, claiming that, while social media sounds like a fine idea, it’s really not suitable for us. I’ve heard charities say it could only work for businesses, small organisations argue it’s better for larger ones, informal groups claim it’s for those which are more well-structured. And for every it’s-fine-for-them-but-wouldn’t-work-for-us I’ve heard... Read More

all power to you

  I’m pretty chuffed to be honest. I’ll be doing a turn at the Institute of Fundraising conference on Tuesday 26th October. On hearing about BeGoodBeSocial, it seemed silly not to head over to Edinburgh to join in with what should be a cracking evening at The Melting Pot on Wednesday. With this in mind, Ross invited me to share something about the session he and Stuart have asked me to facilitate next week. So, I’m having... Read More

didn’t get a ticket? don’t worry…

If you’ve been following #BeGoodBeSocial on twitter you’ll know that the tickets sold out pretty fast, we could probably have filled The Melting Pot twice over. The demand took me by surprise and I feel bad constantly having to tell people there’s no tickets left. Well for those of you who weren’t lucky enough to grab a ticket you can watch the live video stream of the event and join in the conversation via Read More