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Lucy Gower’s book offers 10 steps to build creativity and innovation skills

first_imgThe book features case studies from both the charity and corporate sectors that address these common challenges including:• How a charity focused on the important problem of getting medicines to rural parts of Africa to save the lives of children that die from diarrhoea and other preventable conditions by successfully taking inspiration from another sector.• How one charity learned from its failure and now puts its beneficiaries at the centre of its work which has led to a complete change in approach to fundraising and service delivery.• How one charity changed its tick box approach to recruitment based just on experience to employ creative thinkers with attitude and ambition with great success.Gower commented on why she chose to write the book. She said:“Innovation is a business survival strategy. If charities continue to put their heads in the sand and hope that everything will be OK they are sadly mistaken. Now more than ever before, charities must focus on how they raise more money in order to provide better, more impactful services for those that need them.”The 256-page book is available in paperback and Kindle versions.The Innovation Workout is available on Amazon and selected WH Smiths in the UK. 2. Managing riskCharities are risk adverse, they fear failure and criticism for a failed idea to have wasted donors money. An innovation approach involves testing on a small scale, evaluating and adapting – which minimises risk.3. Creating a culture of innovationYou can have the best process or framework for innovation but if your people are not focused, motivated and given permission to innovate nothing happens. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Lucy Gower’s book offers 10 steps to build creativity and innovation skills Howard Lake | 29 October 2015 | News * Expect a review of The Innovation Workout tomorrow morning.  132 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  131 total views,  1 views today About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: innovation Charity sector innovation specialist Lucy Gower has written ‘The Innovation Workout: The 10 Tried-and-Tested Steps That Will Build Your Creativity and Innovation Skills. Although applicable to many types of business, the new book, published by Pearson Education Limited, is designed to help charities develop alternative and innovative ways to raise money.The book starts with a quick diagnostic test that can completed as an individual, a team or for a whole organisation. It should help the reader to identify their strong and weak points for innovation. For example, they might struggle to generate ideas, or perhaps have too many ideas and find it hard to prioritise. Alternatively, taking action to make the ideas happen could be the biggest challenge.The book’s short chapters, practical examples and tests then guide the reader through making those improvements. With a background in both design and fundraising, Lucy Gower led the first innovation team at the NSPCC in 2007. It was here that she realised that you can have the best ideas, processes and technology, but if you don’t have the right mix of people lined up and committed to ideas and the impact they can have then even the best ideas will fail.Since leaving the NSPCC in 2012 she has worked with over 50 organisations including Amnesty, Cystic Fibrosis Trust, Nesta, The Children’s Society and Greenpeace.Three common innovation challenges for charitiesGower is well aware of the challenges that charity staff face in embracing and implementing innovation. In particular, charities now are under huge pressure: demand for services is increasing, for some by as much as 70% and isn’t expected to ease off any time soon. Meanwhile raising the funds to provide services is becoming more difficult. The revised regulations set out in September in the Etherington Review will probably mean that the public can soon opt out of all fundraising communications from any charity.This will significantly reduce the number of people that charities can ask for support: the potential impact is the loss hundreds of millions of pounds in income a year, perhaps more. Charities can not ignore this.In her view, the three most common innovation challenges for charities are:1. Ability to focusMany organisations try to do everything and end up doing nothing. Learning tactics to focus on the important problems and stop the ‘nice’ but not important activity will help you to more quickly take action. Advertisementlast_img read more

Limerick mayor must have real powers to drive transport strategy

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSDirectly Elected MayorFine GaellimerickSenator Maria Byrne Advertisement Previous articleMural and new priory walkway unveiled in KilmallockNext articleFour Limerick players named on Official GAA team of the Week Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Senator Maria ByrneLIMERICK’S directly elected mayor must have real powers to drive transport strategy for the city and county, a Fine Gael Senator has said.Maria Byrne, who led the campaign in the city on behalf of Fine Gael, said: “I will be working to ensure that as well as budgetary oversight and other powers, that Government transfers significant powers to lead on transport strategy to the incoming mayor.“The transport infrastructure in the city and county needs strong local leadership to ensure that as a growing city Limerick can hold its own when it comes to sustainable public transport.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There is a real push at the moment, both locally and at Government level, to make Limerick an even better place to work and live and transport is an integral part of making that a reality.“Limerick must not be left behind Dublin and other cities in the development of a state-of-the-art transport system. We need Limerick to be a well-connected city where people can rely on public transport that is plentiful, punctual and makes sense.“Becoming the first place in Ireland to have a directly elected mayor is an opportunity to transform not only Limerick but also the entire region. I am determined to ensure that the incoming mayor will have true powers to achieve this transformation.“It was exciting to see people from all walks of life come forward in support of our campaign to have an elected mayor and to lay out their vision for Limerick.“I will work to ensure that this enthusiasm is matched in Government buildings as we map out what the mayor’s role will look like.” WhatsApp Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Email Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash center_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Print Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal NewsLimerick mayor must have real powers to drive transport strategyBy Alan Jacques – June 4, 2019 188 last_img read more

Secretary of State Connie Lawson warns businesses of deceptive letters

first_imgConnie LawsonIndianapolis, In. — Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced today that some Indiana businesses have received a deceptive letter that may appear to come from the office’s Business Services Division. The letter is attempting to solicit Indiana business owners. It is not from the Secretary of State’s office.The letter informs the business that Indiana law requires a business entity report to be filed every two years and if it is not filed there may be penalties. In the middle of the page, it says the letter is from a private business that will assist in filing your business entity report for you. It is legal for businesses to make this offering, but many business owners think complying with the letter is mandatory.Secretary Lawson is concerned businesses may be confused by the letter and may believe responding to it substitutes the need for filing a business entity report, which is required by state law. Businesses operating in Indiana can securely file their business entity report online at INBiz.in.gov. There is a $10 charge for non-profits to file on INBiz and a $20 charge for for-profits. The deceptive letter charges $107 to file the report for you.Businesses wishing to check the validity of any mailing from the Indiana Secretary of State should contact the INBiz help desk at [email protected] or (317) 234-9768.More information about the letter and a sample is here.last_img read more

VY Esports raises seed round led by Raine Ventures

first_imgVY Esports, a content and services platform based in Los Angeles that’s aiming to bridge the gap between esports and brands, announced last week that it has raised a seed round led by Raine Ventures.This round saw participation from Courtside Ventures, Elysian Park Ventures and other notable investors in the esports space. VY Esports will use the financing to ‘invest in talent acquisition and build its operations as well as partner relationships’. In addition as a part of the arrangement, Blair Ford, Venture Partner of Raine Ventures, will join the company’s Board of Directors.Oleg Butenko, CEO and Founder of VY Esports commented: “Esports remains a largely untapped market for brands due to fragmentation and lack of structure across the many events and titles in the industry. “Our goal is to bring non-endemic brands and media companies into esports by aggregating the inventory around existing events and by creating branded content linking separate events together. Given their respective experience and reach in the worlds of sports, media and technology, Raine, Courtside and Elysian Park are important partners and we are excited to work with them and leverage their expertise to grow the business.”Blair Ford, Venture Partner of Raine Ventures added: “The VY Esports platform will create new opportunities for marketers to tap into the highly engaged and growing global esports audience at much greater scale, while also helping event organisers better monetise their tournaments. “Oleg has an impressive history of creating and leading businesses, including in the esports space, and we are excited to work with him to help bring this new platform to marketers around the world.”VY Esports will look to work with advertisers to develop and distribute branded content for esports events and tournaments globally. The aim is that they’ll bring together ad inventory across events, titles and distribution channels into one central platform.  Content will include narrative-driven video around the players, game highlights, in-depth analysis, recap shows, news, behind-the-scenes content and more. VY will also develop its own events and tournaments, including college tournaments and showcase events. VY will partner with existing players in the event organisation space as opposed to producing another Major or Minor for a specific title. Oleg Butenko’s business experience to date is varied. He has worked across music, telecom, and esports; he helped grow OTT services platform Megalabs, launched United Music Agency, a leading music aggregator in Russia, and he co-founded ESForce.Esports Insider says: With Oleg Butenko at the helm of VY Esports, the company stands in good stead to succeed given his track record in business to date. It’ll be fascinating to see which partners they establish themselves with for the events side, and we can assume, given the ESForce connection, that they may look to do something in Russia first.last_img read more