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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 301

Posts Tagged ‘focused’

Fundraisers challenged to make more effective use of storytelling tools

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 16 ottobre 2014

storytellingFundraisers around the world were challenged today to consider whether they were making the most effective use of the storytelling tools available to them, specifically photography and digital. The challenge was made during the opening plenary at the International Fundraising Congress (IFC), hosted by the Resource Alliance.
With a nod towards the fact many charities do not invest adequately in photography, Keith Jenkins of National Geographic highlighted how photography is consistently used to inspire people and companies to take action, to give money and to change their behaviour.He said: “The power of the still image is something we can all harness. But it’s not the photo alone that counts. It’s what you do with it and who you engage with it that makes it powerful. I challenge you to think about how you view investment in your mission and in your ability to inspire. Embrace the power of visual storytelling and photography in the work you do. Tell stories that matter, and inspire your organisations and the people they serve to change the world.”Beth Kanter of Networked Nonprofit focused on the impact of tools such as Twitter and Facebook. Highlighting how many people often suggest ‘slacktivism’ results in fewer donations, she said: “Should we be criticising charity slackers? No. I’ll tell you why. I had the opportunity to work with a fairly large data set of 33,000 survey respondents that asked lots of questions about donation motivation triggers and habits, and social media activity. If this slacktivist theory is true we would expect to see an inverse relationship between social media and levels of donations, but there wasn’t one. Instead what it showed is that social media is an opportunity for charities to find new donors, to keep them within their networks and to encourage them to donate.”Finally, delegates heard from Ben Rattray of change.org who said that online is a hugely powerful tool – if it is properly invested in. He said: “If you still think that online activism doesn’t work you’re not paying attention. We have connected 30 million people to good causes. We don’t just raise awareness, we create change. However, one barrier to success is resource. Many organisations build a website and then sit back and wait for people to flood to the site. When they don’t, they say online isn’t working. But you wouldn’t print thousands of direct mail packs and then leave them in a doorway for people to pick up. So why do the same for online? You need to properly invest in it.”He added: “Online activism matters because there is an immense power to enable every day citizens. But the frank reality is that it is it much more powerful when institutions with expertise join forces with these individuals. That is where the most powerful mix lies.”Kyla Shawyer, interim chief executive of the Resource Alliance, said: “Some of the world’s best fundraisers attend the IFC, who are responsible for raising billions of pounds for good causes every year. Inspiring individuals to give is just part of their role – they also need to connect people to other people so that they can extend the power to make a difference beyond their own networks and into the lives of others. Here at the IFC we aim to give fundraisers the skills and knowledge to achieve this.”

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European Microcars Market

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 giugno 2011

London The microcars segment is poised to become one of the largest revenue generators for over 30 market participants, including seven out of the top 10 global vehicle manufacturers (VMs). Challenged by tighter emission norms and safety requirements, the entire microcars market has evolved from being a highly protected and niche segment to an extremely focused one that even qualifies for vehicle crash tests. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (http://www.automotive.frost.com), Strategic Analysis of the European Microcars Market, finds that the European microcars market is expected to witness the introduction of over 60 base models, including quadricycles, by 2013. Moreover, over 19 models are projected for launch by top seven out of 10 OEMs in the entirely new emerging class of sub-A segment vehicles over the next three years. The sub-A vehicles segment is anticipated to grow faster than quadricycles due to their characteristics and striking resemblance to A-segment vehicles. In Europe, the focus on alternate fuel driven vehicles, congestion in city centres and increasing cost of vehicle ownership is expected to boost microcars sales over seven fold. Global mainstream OEMs have provided market momentum – over 30 models were introduced in the recently concluded 2010 Paris Motor Show and the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. Over 75 per cent of the microcars announced are expected to be battery electric vehicles (EVs), with the major related challenges being range anxiety and limited speeds. Since their introduction, safety has been a cause of concern with the L6 and L7 quadricycles (L-category) and industry experts expect traces of this anxiety to persist in the microcars segment for a brief period. Increasing legislative controls are also expected to pull down sales in the long term. This is likely due to the rising vehicle costs associated with the addition of new components recommended by legislation. Unlike sub-A vehicles, conventional engine powered quadricycles do not qualify for subsidies/rebates, resulting in quadricycle manufacturers facing the prospect of attenuating profit margins. The introduction, therefore, of electric quadricycles is a promising sign as they have started to qualify for regional grants and benefits including access to high-occupancy vehicle lanes and parking charge exemptions.
Automakers such as Aixam Mega and Ligier Microcar are early entrants in announcing electric quadricycles in the European market. They have clear visions of growth strategy in this category – to commercialise electric quadricycles and reduce carbon footprint.
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The SIE National Student BPC

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 agosto 2010

The school gives students studying in all twenty of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions access to knowledge and resources to transform their business idea into reality. Open to all students, the competition develops their practical entrepreneurial skills by giving them access to experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals. SIE help them to explore how to start and grow a new business through a range of practical workshops and a residential training academy, focused around all aspects of sales and marketing, finance, HR and pitching and growing your business. This year’s competition saw a record number of 530 student teams battling it out for a share of the GBP50, 000 prize fund and a chance to be crowned SIE BPC Winner 2007. Competition sponsors include top legal experts and patent attorneys; graduate recruiters, advertising and marketing specialists. SIE Project Executive, Ross MacKay said: “This year we’ve been privileged to work with incredibly talented students and some extremely dedicated members of the business community. By partnering with these leading sponsors our students gained access to top calibre business advice and support, which has accelerated them on their route to success.” Mark Darley, representative for platinum sponsors, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, said: “We look for a number of qualities in our graduates; top of the list is a real thirst for business. By partnering with SIE on the BPC we’re able to encourage this kind of enterprising thinking from an early stage and work with extremely talented students.”
The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (www.sie.ac.uk) wascreated in 1999 with the aim of boosting the commercialization potential of university science and technology research. It was formally launched in 2000 with funding from the Office of Science and Technology and currently embraces all 20 of Scotland’s Higher Education Institutions. – Whilst retaining its focus on science engineering and technology within institutions, SIE also targets 3 new areas of enterprise activities: social enterprise, enterprise for the visual and performing arts, and enterprise skills and leadership for university clubs and societies – The Summit press call will take place between 13.00 – 13.45 on Wednesday 7th March (shortly after the winners are announced). Here press representatives will be invited to speak with and photograph speakers, as well as meet and interview the winners of this year’s SIE National Student Business Plan Competition.

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FRA: Racial Discrimination

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 22 marzo 2010

Racism and xenophobia continue to affect the day to day lives of a significant number of people within the European Union warned the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights today in a joint statement with the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) and the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI).  The statement was issued ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on Sunday 21 March. The statement focused particularly on manifestations of racism and xenophobia on the Internet.  The organisations pointed to the danger of the Internet as a platform for the spreading of racist and xenophobic views, as well as highlighting the potential for the Internet to be used as a tool to challenge such attitudes.

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Christians call for a new model of global integration

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 30 maggio 2009

“The last fifteen years have been characterised by the hegemony of neo-liberal policies focused on the dominance of free market and commerce. This model of integration left serious traces on the quality of life of our people. The weak continue to be weaker and stability is difficult to achieve. Therefore, we look for new models of integration, which allows for not just the integration of markets. This is what we want to discuss internationally. The core of the integration process has to be the person, the human being. We have to put into the centre of the process cooperation and solidarity,” said Rev. Nilton Giese, the general secretary of CLAI characterising the challenge which globalisation puts on the churches. Along with increasing the level of information about life of the churches in two different continents, the encounter focused on the discussion of themes about different forms of poverty and wealth, the role and responsibility of the state in the shaping of economic policies, indebtedness of countries and ways of  overcoming  illegitimate debts, as well as the role of civil society and churches in addressing challenges of globalisation and climate change.  The impact of economic and financial crises raises, with an increasing urgency, questions about relations of economy to work and life. Globalisation is not only about economy, it also covers areas of personal and social life, as well as cultural phenomena and areas of ethics and religion. Specific and sometimes different experiences with globalisation in Europe and Latin America pose a challenge to dialogue. The building of trust on the base of common faith belongs to the main aims of the project. Special attention at the meeting was given to the question of regional integration and sharing of experiences with the processes of European integration and the steps in progressing integration in South America.
Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias (CLAI) is a regional ecumenical organisation with 180 member churches in 20 countries in Latin America.  Its mission is to contribute to the work of churches in witness for peace and unity in the region.
Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a regional ecumencial organisation with 120 member churches of Anglican, Orthodox and Protestant traditions. The Church and Society Commission of CEC works on the witness of churches’ work in the public life, as well as on a dialogue between churches and European political institutions.

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