Can you donate using a banana? (Update – YES YOU CAN)

**Update 15th July 2013 - yes you can** Here's proof:   //instagram.com/p/bysL98QElR/ If you're interested, here's how I did it. *Here continues original post* Listening to the Guardian tech podcast a few months ago, I heard about a certain kickstarter project that sounded pretty interesting. Called makeymakey, some clever chaps had built a way of…

New presentation – fundraising events and social media, how to #win

Last week I had the pleasure of dusting off my clicker, wearing smart jeans and shirt and obsessing over the tiniest alignments. Yes, it was presentation time. Having not been 'on stage' for about 6 months, it was nice to get back in the groove and share our most recent stats and advice at the…

Open graph now open for service on JG

Back in October, I wrote about one of Facebook's latest BETA features and how I was quite excited about its potential (see Grammar as a platform and sentences as a service – Facebook’s new open graph). After the open graph (or Timeline apps, as they're known) went live in January earlier this year, there have been quite a…

Finally, a charity uses Facebook integration to tell a great story

Way back in August 2009, I wrote a blog for Professional Fundraising (as it was known then) about how the newly released Facebook Connect (as it was known then) gave websites the ability to personalise content based on people's Facebook data to an unprecedented level. I was really excited about how charities could personalise their…

Grammar as a platform and sentences as a service – Facebook’s new open graph

On Tuesday this week I went to the London edition of F8, the "on tour" edition of Facebook's flagship developer conference. I have to say (and I did say it), it was the most useful day at a conference I've ever had. Despite spending a lot of time reading through the docs for the new…

On Disrupting Philanthropy

This morning I went to a talk on disrupting philanthropy, where I heard Lucy Bernholz talk about how new technologies are changing the way we need to think about giving. She's great, you should check out her blog, and follow her. Organised by many fab people (including NCVO, Guardian Voluntary Sector Network, Big Society Network…

Great essay from Nick Aldridge on the role of technology in the “Big Society”

There are a whole host of essays related to the government's latest efforts to build a strong culture of giving. Naturally, the one I was most interested in was the paper by MissionFish UK CEO Nick Aldridge on the role of technolocy in the "Big Society". It's well worth a read: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/sites/default/files/resources/Nick-Aldridge_2.pdf I especially agree…