Failure Factors: Sometimes the most important thing to know is what did not go as planned (commentary)

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Rhett Butler The problem with focusing so much on unearthing positive or affirmative evidence is that we humans often learn more from our failures than from our successes, write David Wilkie of WCS, Kara Stevens of the Walton Family Foundation, and Richard Margoluis of the Moore Foundation.People working to conserve nature and improve people’s lives may not report failures because they may worry about compromising their own and their organization’s reputations and jeopardizing future support.To address those concerns, the Failure Factors Initiative has been established to identify ways that individuals, teams and their organizations can grow to value failure, learn from it, and improve their decisions and actions.This post is a commentary. The views expressed are those of the authors, not necessarily Mongabay. Evidence of success. It is the holy grail sought by teachers, health workers, engineers, natural resource managers, policy makers, and funders. Like us, all have the same wish: “Just let me know what works and I will replicate that.” But the problem with focusing so much on unearthing positive or affirmative evidence is that we humans often learn more from our failures than from our successes.David loves to bake bread. Each time it is an experiment that relies on a never truly understood, almost magical, transformation of yeast, water, and flour into an airy, crispy, edible platform for butter, cheese, jam, or anything. When he makes a perfect loaf, he doesn’t think about it. He simply lets it cool (well, not always) and eats it gleefully with family and friends. But when he botches a new or even a tried-and-true recipe, he ponders deeply about why it failed and what must be done in the future to avoid repeating the same mistake.Though bakers like David learn from their mistakes, they rarely if ever make them public. Along similar lines, people working to conserve nature and improve people’s lives may not report failures because they may worry about compromising their own and their organization’s reputations and jeopardizing future support. Neither organizations nor individual professionals who have worked hard to be regarded as experts are anxious to be associated with failure.To address those concerns, WCS is taking the lead in launching what we are currently calling the Failure Factors Initiative. We hope to identify ways that individuals, teams and their organizations can grow to value failure, learn from it, and improve their decisions and actions, making our efforts to conserve nature and benefit humanity more effective and quicker to adapt to change.We want everyone to happily describe and discuss things that turned out to be undoable, caused undesired outcomes, or just did not achieve the results that we wanted.Mother Sumatran rhino with calf in Way Kambas, Indonesia. Sumatran rhino conservation efforts have been plagued by failures, offering plenty of lessons for current initiatives working to save the species from extinction. Photo by Rhett Butler.The trickiest element is ensuring a way to capitalize on our errors without stigmatizing those who made them. This requires a cultural shift both within institutions and between organizations and funders. The military, aviation and engineering sectors have long embraced failure to learn and adapt, and the tech sector is increasingly pushing for a similar cultural change. The development and conservation sectors have been slower to adopt.You might assume that simply creating a safe space for sharing of unexpected outcomes, surprises, blunders, errors, and mistakes would allow us to more easily harvest the lessons offered by failure. Indeed it is not hard to imagine ways to allow people to talk about stuff that did not work out as expected without the fear of risking their reputations.Using Chatham House Rules—a system for holding discussions on controversial topics established by the UK Royal Institute of International Affairs, based in Chatham House, London—is a proven approach to encourage open discussion unattributed to the speaker or their organization. Using an online survey that does not capture any information identifying the survey taker (e.g. their internet address) is another option for maintaining anonymity.Both approaches avoid directly divulging the name of an individual or their organization. But merely reporting on something that did not work as expected may be enough for a savvy listener or reader to deduce the author of the story, particularly when embellished with sufficient detail to enable a clear understanding of what went wrong. The context that makes the failure story understandable and interpretable to others in similar or different contexts risks revealing its authors.Thus, we face a dilemma. Even Chatham House Rules may inadvertently identify the storyteller, risking their reputation. At the same time, assured anonymity may demand a level of abstraction in the story telling such that its value as a lesson learned is lost. A failure story in the abstract simply states that a failure happened. Without the context surrounding the failure, we are unlikely to fully understand why it happened and change our behavior.The Kihansi spray toad nearly went extinct in the wild and captivity before successful efforts to grow its population and eventually reintroduce it to its native habitat in Tanzania. Photo by Rhett A. Butler.Hence the Failure Factor Initiative. Our goal is to encourage and value open discussion of things that did not work out as expected even within otherwise successful projects. We want to identify ways we can use these regular “confessions” within and across teams and organizations to learn faster and avoid the same pitfalls in the future.And, in truth, like previous attempts to discuss and learn from failure, the Failure Factors Initiative itself might fail. That said, we argue that it is worth a try. Because as all bakers know, our recipes and techniques get better as we learn what works and—most importantly—what does not, and why.Authors: David Wilkie is the Executive Director of Conservation Measures and Communities at the Wildlife Conservation Society; Kara Stevens is the Senior Strategy, Learning and Evaluation Department (SLED) Officer for the Walton Family Foundation; Richard Margoluis is the Chief Adaptive Management and Evaluation Officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.Disclosure: Mongabay is a grantee of both the Walton Foundation and the Moore Foundation, but neither institution has editorial influence over our reporting.center_img Commentary, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Editorials, Environment last_img read more

Mayibuye planned a massive onslaught

first_imgThe innocent-looking truck was modified to include hidden storage compartments. The seating areas covered secret compartments used to smuggle a total of 40 tons of weapons into South Africa.(Images: Lucille Davie) The first page of the Operation Mayibuye document, which sets out the strategy for the operation.(Image: Operation Mayibuye, Wits University) MEDIA CONTACTS • Historical Papers research archive  William Cullen Library, Wits University  +27 11 717 1940 RELATED ARTICLES • Liliesleaf remembered 50 years on • Liliesleaf: keeping the memory alive • Mandela’s head rises in Howick • MK: In pursuit of liberty • Travelling the Mandela Route Lucille DavieIn the early 1960s, the African National Congress (ANC) and its armed wing, uMkhonto we Sizwe (MK), planned to bring into South Africa 7 000 men and arms to fight the apartheid government, via air and sea. But instead, a much smaller operation took place: it brought in arms via a tourist truck, making 40 trips in all.The Africa Hinterland Camping Safaris truck has been recovered and is now parked at its final destination: Liliesleaf in Rivonia, which had been the headquarters of MK for two years. This is where the security police swooped in and netted the top echelons of the ANC in July 1963. The result was the Rivonia Trial, in which eight men were sentenced to life imprisonment, including Nelson Mandela.They also found Operation Mayibuye, the blueprint for armed resistance in the country. The eight-page document was lying on the table when the police drove up the driveway. Govan Mbeki gathered up the plan, and together with other papers, stuffed them up the chimney of the small stove in the room.But the police retrieved this document and hundreds of others, which were used as proof that MK – which means “spear of the nation” – was planning sabotage. The Rivonia trialists were charged with this crime. A massive onslaughtPage three of the document reads: “In the initial period when for a short while the military advantage will be ours, the plan envisages a massive onslaught on pre-selected targets which will create maximum havoc and confusion in the enemy camp and which will inject into the masses of the people and other friendly forces a feeling of confidence that here at last is an army of liberation equipped and capable of leading them to victory.”The 7 000 men would be brought in by ship or air, “armed and properly equipped in such a way as to be self-sufficient in every respect for at least a month”. The Transkei in the Eastern Cape would receive 2 000 men, as would Zululand in KwaZulu-Natal and the north-eastern Transvaal, now called Mpumalanga. Some 1 000 men would be deployed to the north-western Cape.Departments were to be established, with the function of studying and submitting detailed reports and plans, among which would be points along the coast where men and supplies could be landed; the location of airstrips and airfields; the location of everything from police stations to power stations; and the population distribution; as well as the main crops in areas around the country. Africa Hinterland truckBut of course it never happened. The high command of MK was jailed and the ANC took a huge knock. Instead, almost 20 years later a Bedford truck was re-fashioned to become the Africa Hinterland truck. It took up to nine months to create secret spaces beneath its long passenger benches to be used to store weapons.It was used between 1986 and 1993 to transport weapons to MK units inside the country. The operation fooled the security police who never for a moment suspected that the truck they were waving through the border, contained a ton of weapons each time. Trips were made from Nairobi in Kenya to Johannesburg and Cape Town, giving tourists an overland safari experience. In 1990, the operation moved to Johannesburg, making the trip to the Okavango Swamp in Botswana, through to Bulawayo in Zimbabwe, where the weapons were loaded, and back down to Joburg.In all, some 40 tons of weaponry were brought into the country by this means over seven years. The weapons were used for sabotaging selected spots across the country.Nelson Mandela writes in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom: “Our strategy was to make selective forays against military installations, power plants, telephone lines and transportation links; targets that would not only hamper the military effectiveness of the state, but frighten National Party supporters, scare away foreign capital, and weaken the economy. This we hoped would bring the government to the bargaining table.”In fact, the strategy began in the early 1960s and lasted until the Rivonia arrests in mid-1963. It was taken up again in the mid-1980s, and lasted until the release of Mandela in 1990. Man of ideasThe man behind the idea was draughtsman and exile Rodney Wilkinson, who suggested that hidden compartments be constructed beneath the seats of the overland tourist trucks. Enterprising South African Communist Party (SACP) member Mannie Brown, a banned South African exiled in England and a friend of Joe Slovo, took up the idea with enthusiasm and established a company in London called Africa Hinterland.Once the weapons reached South Africa, they were distributed across the country and buried, sometimes for quite a long time, says David Brown, son of Mannie. The caches gave the ANC a sense of strength when going into negotiations with the apartheid government in the early 1990s, he adds.David has made a documentary of the travels of Africa Hinterland, entitled The Secret Safari, which can be seen while sitting in the truck at Liliesleaf. It recounts the impressions of different drivers over the years, and tourists who took the tours.One of those drivers was 19-year-old Stuart Round from Nuneaton, Warwickshire in England.Round told The Guardian in 2001 that he learned how to work the truck’s secret compartments, and he got training in counter surveillance, for instance, how to raise the alarm if he was being followed. Then he got his driving licence. He says in the movie that he was “very, very apprehensive” at the thought of carrying the weapons, which included AK47s and ammunition, Makarov pistols, grenades and limpet mines, and TNT.But he was good at the job – he made eight trips altogether, and by 1991 Africa Hinterland was one of the best safari companies around. The vehicle was never stopped and searched. It closed shop in 1992 when  Mannie Brown established Rainbow Tours, a tour company. He died in 2003.Round went back home, and only told his parents in 2001 that he had been a gun runner for the ANC. They were pleased to hear it. “While I was driving, it had 100% of my effort. I’ll never put as much into anything again, and nothing will demand it of me. I’ve done nothing since in terms of political activity. I’ve done my bit,” he told The Guardian. Loading the weaponsLoading the weapons into the secret compartments was the hardest part of the job – they had to be wrapped and stashed carefully. Once in South Africa, drivers had to find a remote place, dig a hole and bury the weapons, then mark the spot in some way, either with a nail in a tree, or paint a nearby rock.Interestingly, the Bedford on display at Liliesleaf Farm was taken to Truck Farm, a truck workshop north of Pretoria, in the late 1980s to be lengthened for use as a tourist truck. The owner of Truck Farm was Witold Walus, the brother of Janus Walus, who later killed SACP leader Chris Hani. Walus is serving a life sentence for the murder.In 2001, the truck was sent to the South African Museum of Military History in Saxonwold, Joburg, where it remained until 2005. It was returned to David Brown, who offered it to Liliesleaf.last_img read more

Becoming the Best Ever Version of Yourself

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now Inspiration is for amateurs—Chuck Close (artist)Some of you might recognize this post as being something other than usual fare here at The Sales Blog. It’s not pure sales, pure sales management, or pure leadership.Most of what I write here looks like sales and sales management, but the most perceptive of readers easily recognizes much of what I write here as the rules for success, regardless of your chosen endeavor or profession. It’s about becoming “the best ever version of you.”My Confession About PermissionFor a long time, I didn’t share any of what you find here at The Sales Blog. I bought this domain name and set it up years before I actually started writing in earnest. I had something to say, I had value to create, but there was an invisible force holding me back.Then I joined Toastmasters. Toastmasters did more than help me develop my public speaking skills; it helped me to free my voice. I didn’t need help finding my voice as much as I needed help freeing it. Toastmasters and this blog are two of the primary vehicles that allowed me to give myself permission . . . and giving myself permission has literally changed my life.I don’t have any regrets but one: I should have started much, much sooner.An Invitation to a WebjamOn September 27th, 2012 at 8:00 PM ET, join Chris Brogan and me for a webjam we are calling Finding the Superpower of Flight: How to Give Yourself Permission, Build Your Brand, and Live Your Dream.First things first, what’s a webjam? A webjam is like a webinar, if a webinar was educational, entertaining, and transformational (instead of boring). Now that that’s out of the way, what are we delivering?We are going to share a blueprint to help you give yourself the permission that you’ve been waiting for. We are going to give you actionable steps that you can take to find your own superpower, build your personal brand, and start taking the actions that you have been avoiding (up until this webinar, that is).Both Chris and I believe that you have a gift to share, and that you need a gentle nudge (of a firm kick in the ass) to get you out of the starting gate. We intend to give you that gentle nudge (or that firm kick).“But what if I work for someone? Am I only going to benefit from this if I am going quit my job and go solo?” The answer is a resounding “No!” Whether you decide that sharing your gift means blazing your own trail or being more effective making the contribution you want to make where you are now, this roadmap will help get you there.You are going to attend the webjam live (or listen to it later, since it is being recorded). You are going to get a separate audio recording (not the track from the webjam), so you can take these ideas with you when you are out doing your thing. You’ll also get a transcript of the webjam, in case you are a reader (like me). And you’ll get a workbook so you can work through some of the ideas on your own as you make your plans and start taking action.I hope I’ve hooked you and that you recognize yourself in some of what you’ve read here. But if you want to see or hear more, you can watch Chris and me try to pitch this in under five minutes (we came in at over ten minutes).Or you can watch us try to pitch this in a single minute (we came remarkably close, but it won’t make any sense without the longer video).If you want to begin taking the actions you’ve been putting off, if you are ready to start producing the results you need to produce, and if you want to start sharing your gift with the world, please join us—money back guaranteed.last_img read more

Lakers rookie Hart has surgery on broken hand, out 4-6 weeks

first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Los Angeles (27-34) has less than six weeks left in its season, and coach Luke Walton has said the Lakers won’t rush Hart back into action.Hart broke his hand during practice in Miami on Wednesday. The first-round pick out of Villanova is averaging 6.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists over 55 games as a regular member of the Lakers’ rotation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lakers have won four straight heading into Saturday’s visit to San Antonio. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next MOST READ Injured Rafael Nadal will miss Indian Wells, Miami events John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Josh Hart #5 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts after missing two free throws in the final second against the Boston Celtics during a 108-107 Laker win at Staples Center on January 23, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPLOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers rookie Josh Hart will be sidelined for four to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair his broken left hand.The Lakers announced Hart’s prognosis Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


first_imgWelcome to the last edition of Sixty Seconds in Touch for 2005…yes that’s right! The final edition for 2005! * Yes, after another year of my weekly Sixty Seconds in Touch column, I’m sad to say this will be the final edition for 2005. It has been a big year for the column with all the happenings of 2005. Rumour has it that the new website (to be released in the next few weeks) will have a special section on the front page purely for each weekly column! We’re moving up in the world! * With the office closed over the Christmas period, some of the TFA staff (including myself) are taking the opportunity to use leave, to spend time with family and friends over the holiday. Sixty Seconds in Touch will be back first thing next year, Tuesday January 3rd to be precise! So only 2 weeks will be missed. * Well, firstly happy birthday to TFA’s Maree Curran, we hope you’re having a great day today! * There’s all new merchandise in the TFA office, including referees gear, a cover for personal organisers and also Azuma shoes. Check out the following story for all the details, pictures and prices: MERCHANDISE FOR SALE * The Azuma Touch shoes are starting to take off, as people are purchasing shoes for Christmas presents or for their upcoming summer season. At just $105 the Azuma Bexsta are a great price and are available in white, black or blue. * In NSW news, the Sydney Scorpions are holding their NTL trials. Check out for all the info. * NSW Touch are also running a Level One Coaching Course at Tempe on Saturday 4 February 2006 from 8:30am – 4:30pm at the NSWTA Clubhouse – Canterbury Velodrome Bayview Ave, Earlwood. The cost is $95 and includes course workbook and materials and lunch. Any person/s who would like to do the course please contact Kylie Hearne in the NSWTA Office on 9558 9333 or [email protected] with your full name and address details. If you have any questions in regards to Level 1 Coaching courses in the Sydney area please contact Andrew Lees on 02 9558 9333 or email [email protected] * ACT Touch have announced their NTL teams, they can be seen at, check out the competition coming from the Nations capital. * Elwood Park Touch Association retained it’s champion affiliate tag with a magnificent showing in this years Victorian State Affiliates Cup at Doveton on Saturday. Contesting the final of all divisions on offer, Elwood managed only one win – the Men’s Open – but took overall competition points over the new Moorabbin outfit from their consistent finals attendance across the board. The newly formed Moorabbin affiliate – fielding sides containing many past & present Elwood reps – would be happy nonetheless with their inaugural showing, taking out titles in the Women’s Open and Men’s 30s division, and adding a new dimension to the Affiliates competition. FINALS RESULTS: Mens Open Elwood (3) def Moorabbin (1) Womens Open Moorabbin (1) def Elwood (0) Mens 30s Moorabbin (3) def Elwood (1) Mens 35s Diamond Valley (3) def Elwood (2) Mens 40s Albert Park (5) def Elwood (2) Full details of the day may be found on the VTA Website. * The December edition of Touch-e-Talk, the online newsletter has been released. Click here to view the newsletter: * Attention all referees for the NTL: The deadline for early bird nomination is TOMORROW DECEMBER 14. Discounts for one or both tournaments will apply if your nomination is received by Chris Tarlinton at the TFA office by close of business tomorrow. You can fax the forms to (02) 6285 2820. * NTL Gear order forms for referees: This will be out within the next 1-2 weeks. * The TFA Annual General Meeting will be held on February 11 in the TFA Conference Room in the national office at Canberra. * That’s it for now, but remember Sixty Seconds in Touch will be back on January 3rd 2006! Stay safe over the holidays, enjoy your time with family and friends and remember to drive carefully on the roads. By Rachel Grantlast_img read more

Johns and Jones to Play in Touch Football Charity Match at Auckland Nines

first_imgRugby League greats Andrew Johns and Stacey Jones will come out of ‘retirement’ this weekend in the name of charity at the inaugural 2014 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines. Johns and Jones will pull on the boots once again to raise funds for NZ charity, The Rising Foundation, when they line up in the first Beko Media Stars Touch Football match between New Zealand and Australia to be played prior to the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines final at Eden Park on Sunday, 16 February. The nine-a-side charity Touch Football match will see a select group of former players now working in the Australian and New Zealand media being joined by print, radio and television reporters. The match will be played over two nine-minute halves in front of a crowd of more than 46,000. Johns will be joined in the Australian side by former Test players Gorden Tallis and Danny Buderus, and ex-premiership winning players Brett Finch (NSW Origin) and Steve Turner.The New Zealand side will feature former Kiwi internationals in Jones, Richie Barnett, Monty Betham and Wairangi Koopu.Home appliance brand, Beko, will sponsor the media match with the aim of trying to raise $20,000 for The Rising Foundation.  Beko will donate $2,000 to The Rising Foundation for each try scored in the media match. The Rising Foundation was established by a group of former South Auckland children with an aim to assisting at-risk-youth to develop to their full potential. Chairman John Bongard said these children in New Zealand are on the verge of being lost to their families, schools and community. “The Foundation does this through developing pathways, involving parents, schools and other agencies using outdoor education programs, one to one mentoring and group therapy,’’ Mr Bongard said.Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs CEO Raelene Castle is on The Rising Foundation Board. Australian team (not in playing numbers)1.      Andrew Johns, Captain, (Rugby League Week ‘Immortal’)2.      Gorden Tallis (Qld Origin, Australia)3.      Brett Finch (NSW Origin)4.      Danny Buderus (NSW Origin, Australia)5.      Steve Turner (ex Melbourne/Bulldogs premiership winning winger)6.      Brent Read (reporter, The Australian)7.      Michael Chammas (reporter, Sydney Morning Herald)8.      Josh Massoud (reporter, The Daily Telegraph)9.      David Riccio (reporter, The Daily Telegraph)10.  Pat Molihan (reporter, Channel 7)11.  Shannon Byrne (reporter, ABC Radio)12.  Steve Hart (reporter, Fox Sports News)13.  Tony Adams (reporter, RLW’s ‘The Mole’)NZ Team List (not in playing numbers)1.      Stacey Jones, Captain, (Sky Sport, ex NZ Test player) 2.      Sam Ackerman (reporter, TV 3 News)3.      Richie Barnett (reporter, NZ Herald/SKY TV, ex NZ Test player)4.      Jenny May Coffin (reporter, TV 1 News, ex Silver Fern netball player)5.      Monty Betham (SKY Sport, ex NZ Test player)6.      Wairangi Koopu (Sky Sport/Maori TV, ex NZ Test player)7.      Karl Te Nana (reporter, SKY TV/ Maori TV, ex NZ Sevens player)8.      Sam Ackerman (reporter, TV 3 News)9.      Nickson Clark (Mai FM breakfast host)10.  Sam Wallace (TV 1 Breakfast)11.  James McConie (Prime TV)12.  Bryce Casey (The Rock Breakfast host)13.  Dominic Harvey (The Edge Breakfast host) Referee: Stephen Killgallon (Fairfax Media, ex Test international referee)To learn more about Beko Home Appliances, click here: To learn more about The Rising Foundation, click here: keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and results from the Auckland Nines, please click on the link below.  2014 Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines February 15 – 16, Eden Park, AucklandTwitter/FacebookNRL Nines is on Twitter and Facebook @NRLAkl9s #DickSmith9sDick Smith is on Twitter and Facebook @DickSmithAU #DickSmith9’sRelated LinksAuckland Nines Touchlast_img read more

Five Deadly Sins of Website Design

first_imgNonprofit organizations make many mistakes when it comes to the design, presentation and content of their websites. Here are the five deadly sins we commit:Too egotistical: The home page is too often simply an About Us page. It should not be an electronic brochure with your mission statement. It should speak to the user’s values, interests and desires. It’s not “about us,” it’s “about them.”Too meek: There is often no clear call to action on nonprofit pages. Grab a friend or relative, sit them down in front of your website home page, and count how many seconds it takes them to find and click on your Donate button or find another way to do something. If it takes them more than two seconds, you need to place your button in a far more prominent position. Make it central to the page. Make sure it is above the fold. Make it big. Make it colorful. Make it impossible to miss.Too laid-back: Too often, there’s no reason to act now – as opposed to later, or never. You want to inspire someone to act right now, but that can be hard to do if there’s not an urgent crisis to address. Create a sense of urgency for donating by creating a campaign with a goal and deadline, matching grant, or appeal for specific items or programs that are highly tangible.Too dodgy: People want to know where their resources will go if you support them. You must inspire trust. Where will the money go? What impact will result? What lives will be saved, what credible goal will be achieved?Too short-sighted:  Recognize that getting clicks requires cultivation. While you want someone to take action right away, it’s important to remember that it takes time to cultivate people.  Be sure your website includes a way to capture the email addresses of visitors so that you can build a relationship with visitors and turn them into donors in the future.  A newsletter is not very exciting; give people a more compelling reason to surrender their email addresses.last_img read more

Creating Publicity without a Big Media Buy

first_imgWhen looking for new donors, it might be tempting to spend your budget on a mailing or other form of paid advertising. But if you’re operating on a shoestring, you may not have the dollars to do any direct mail and ads to get noticed. In these situations, it’s better to be highly targeted and go deep than to have limited marketing resources that you spread very thinly over a wide area in kind of a scattershot approach.If you’re a small- to medium-sized organization with a limited advertising budget, there are other, thriftier options to get the most bang for your promotion buck:Do a member-recruit-a-member campaign to capitalize on the marketing power of those people who are most engaged with your organization.Find partners by thinking about who wins when you have a greater impact or have more people supporting you. For example, a mental health and substance abuse services organization might consider child advocates, the legal system and support groups for substance abuse to spread the word.Do some desk-side briefings with reporters. Get to really know some reporters in your community, so that when there are stories about your organization’s topic area, you’re the go-to resource.Consider blogs–the outlet that has changed the face of public relations. While you’re developing relationships with key reporters, you might want to take a look at some local community blogs that are pertinent to your organization. Host a conference call for bloggers. Become active on that blog itself by posting comments that relate to your issue.Bonus Blog Tips:If you’re not familiar with how to find blogs or bloggers, visit search engine for blogs. Try searching for your community’s name and your organization’s main issue. You may even search for your organization’s name to find people blogging about you.Also, in the Google search bar, search for “blog: the name of your organization,” and any people writing about your organization in blogs will be shown in your search results. Source: Adapted from the Nonprofit 911 Presentation “The Experts Are In! Your Online Fundraising and Nonprofit Marketing Questions Answered.” Resource made available in part due to the support of the Surdna Foundationlast_img read more

5 Tips for Dealing with Social Media Meanies and Managing Your Online Rep’

first_imgSocial media makes it easy to connect and be heard online in real time. But with all this freedom of speech and expression on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others, there’s one question that’s probably crossed your mind (or the minds of your Board members):“Why risk going on social networks when people might say bad things about us?”What if people embarrass your organization?What if they point out your flaws?How can you maintain your e-reputation without yanking the social-networking rug out from under these vocal online talkers (i.e. removing your organization from the online space entirely)?Learn how to be both pro-active and reactive to the conversations taking place all around you and your nonprofit. Here are five ways to keep your brand breathing even if a social media debacle strikes your organization:Be Listening for It: Be sure you have Google Alerts set up to monitor what people are saying about your organization online. Keep tabs on Twitter (via Tweetbeep, for example) and YouTube. When You Find Something Dreaded, Assess Who Is Saying It and Who Is Listening. Is this one crazy person with no audience? You may want to wait and watch. Or is it someone who talks to people in your audience? Even one noisy person can be a problem if they have or can rapidly build a following with people who matter to you. Or if the traditional media picks up on their diatribe. I generally err on the side of judging someone worth responding to rather than ignoring them. Act Fast on the Spot Where It Started: If you need to respond, do it now, IN THE VENUE where the situation started. Slow reactions are bad reactions. Things move at light speed on web 2.0 and you don’t want something to spiral out of control before you get in a response. It’s okay if you don’t have all the answers or every piece of needed information – just be TRANSPARENT about it. “I’m really concerned with this and looking into it” is better than radio silence. “I’m concerned our staff said that to you and am finding out what happened so I can give you the response you deserve” is better than nothing. By responding to a Tweet on Twitter, you ensure rapid communication as well as achieve the potential to keep the controversy within the community in question.Be Honest, Transparent, Friendly and Non-defensive: This is key. If there is misinformation out there, correct it in a helpful, non-combative way. Network for Good’s own crisis communications plan (hope you have one, too) sets out the following principles if we’ve made a mistake:– Be sincerely and profusely apologetic if we’ve done wrong.– Take responsibility.– Err on the side of open, frequent communication.– Be absolutely honest.– Ensure what we way is accurate – if we’re not sure, say we’re not sure.– Do all we can to fix problems and mitigate harm.– Say what we’re doing to ensure it doesn’t happen again.Remember It Is a Conversation: This isn’t a monologue by the critic or by you nor (hopefully) is it a war-it’s a conversation. When you respond, be open to reactions and answer questions. You can’t post one response and call it a day, you need to keep tabs on the situation and participate in the ongoing conversation.last_img read more