Category Archives: Promoting giving

Be an activist about the authors you read

Wow: *ALL* the books that The Economist cites by its own writers in its year-end ‘what to read’ section are by men! Clean sweep. Good work, boys. I’ve all but ceased* reading books by white men. I realised earlier this … Continue reading

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Why I’ve more-or-less quit Facebook

I have pretty much quit Facebook. I can no longer stomach its willful disregard for democracy: by enabling user data to be used to (eg) influence elections, and its refusal to even show up when requested by parliaments (now several … Continue reading

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Social enterprise eateries & catering companies

I am driven mad by having loads of meetings to discuss poor people in eateries owned by (often very) rich people. There doesn’t seem to be an easy list or map of social enterprise eateries, so I am collating a … Continue reading

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Golden rules of public speaking

I do masses of public speaking. These are my ‘golden rules’, which might help you. (If you have other good ‘golden rules’ to add to this list, do get in touch.) 1. Assume the technology will fail It fails more … Continue reading

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Jeremy Hunt’s rubbish response to my letter about the NHS contract

In April, I wrote to my MP, Cabinet Minister Justine Greening, about the fact that there’s no evidence that the new contract being imposed on the NHS  will improve anything and some evidence that it’s discriminatory. My letter’s here. Greening forwarded me the … Continue reading

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Letter to my (Tory) MP on Jeremy Hunt and the NHS

Tomorrow sees the first walk-out by junior doctors in the NHS’ history. My MP is a member of the Cabinet (Sec of State for DFID). I sent this to her today. I urge you to write something similar to your … Continue reading

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Euphemisms for fundraising

For some reason, people in nonprofits often dislike to say that their job is raising money. So they use loads of euphemisms for it, many of which seem to me really weird. I’m collecting examples. Please send others! “Development“. This … Continue reading

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A reminder about how Twitter works

If you write a tweet which starts with @, it won’t be seen by many people. For instance, if your tweet starts with @carolinefiennes, it will only be seen by people who follow both me and you. That may not … Continue reading

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Somebody else is engaged to Matt Ridley!

Polyvore is reporting the engagement of ‘Hon. Caroline Fiennes and Hon. Matthew White Ridley’. Congratulations to them! However, please know that that is not me. In fact, we’ve no idea who it is: I know of three Caroline Fiennes’es, none of … Continue reading

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The variable value of £50

I have been looking through the catalogue for spending airmile-type points from the airline Etihad. Alongside the various objects and experiences are vouchers at various retailers. Strikingly, the price (in points) of a £50 voucher varies between retailers – pretty substantially. Money … Continue reading

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