Back in 2008 Kevin Kelly put forward the idea of 1KTF – One Thousand True Fans (http://bit.ly/2PQqaE) – as the sustainable number of individuals required to support an artist to survive by buying their artistic output or products directly. These fans are, in turn, surrounded by much larger numbers of Lesser Fans who are not quite as devoted but can be persuaded to get involved. One of the ways in which this works is for fans to be involved in pre-financing, where the artist makes a statement such as “When I get £xxx in donations I will release the next novel in this series”. This should translate really well as a fundraising route for professional associations and membership organisations which already have a dedicated fan base - their membership.Read More
Just as I was settling down on the train yesterday for a nice relaxed ride home, I overheard the lady next to me say to her travelling companion ‘Did you know Christmas Day is three weeks tomorrow?’ Talk about panic stations! Am I ready – I am not! Have I done anything about anything – I have not! This has all the makings of a Christmas Eve whirlwind but I have pulled this particular rabbit out a hat before so I am not overly worried. Not just yet anyway! Organisations, however, need to be just a little bit more prepared and, in difficult times, will hopefully have been a bit inventive this year on the thorny question of WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE CHRISTMAS PARTY. An interesting subset of that discussion will also have revolved around bonuses or rewards for a year of effort and, hopefully, successes.
For those of us who work in the not-for-profit sector, either as salaried employees or as committed volunteers, there was probably a moment when we made a choice – nfp or commercial – and the potential reasons for those choices are too many and various to list. For volunteers the years of involvement with a particular organisation or charity will pass quite quickly. In the first instance it is interesting and exciting and it feels privileged to be on the ‘inside’, with your voice being heard and, hopefully, your opinions being valued.Read More
In earlier blog posts I have talked about the choices that organisations must make at the moment, examining their current structures to provide the best possible support to members. Current discussions about how professional associations and membership organisations can survive in the current climate mean that there has been a slow realisation of the danger presented by several key factors. The impact of current economic realities on members’ wallets; the impact of new social media providing alternate communication routes which can bypass formal organisations; the negative impact of very public failures of professional standards; changing demographics; all of these are leaving some organisations exposed to falling membership numbers.
In the last few months we have seen lightbulbs and bells going off all over the place. We now have some statistics to prove what we have all known for a long time – not everyone is happy at work!Read More
Congratulations to Alan Milburn on opening up a laudable cross-sectoral discussion about what our childrens’ futures could be.His newly published report (Unleashing Aspiration - The Final Report of the Panel on Fair Access to the Professions) provides some important statistics about current and historical routes into the professions and offers a large number of conclusions and recommendations.Read More
In the last few years the advent of an assortment social media applications has meant that many professional associations have been quick to see the possibilities offered by these new communication and networking routes and have begun to utilise as many as possible. They offer obvious benefits and opportunities to access large numbers of people, elicit opinions or motivate through almost instant communication of ideas. Yet it is worth questioning how many of these organisations will have taken the time to identify the strategic intent or benefit of these activities, both for the organisation and for the membership as a whole.Read More
Is this a scenario you recognise? When faced with a task of significant importance or having trouble putting pen to paper, the most menial tasks or distracting activities are suddenly intensely appealing – anything which puts off the dread moment when you actually have to bite the bullet and START.Read More
In the last few years mathematicians working on small world phenomena have developed network theory which looks set to revolutionise the way we think about our global systems of interconnectivity.The theory talks about naturally occurring hubs which form as communities of interest of one sort or another.They drive and make sense of the ways in which we are able to connect with known and not-yet-known individuals across the globe and are the basis for the success and rise of multiple social media formats.This blog is a perfect example of me reaching out to like-minded individuals who share my beliefs about the critical importance of professionalism.The theory is also the basis for the concept of six degrees of separation.For those of you who may not be familiar with this idea take a look at the Kevin Bacon Game or check out Google or Wikipaedia entries, which seek to explain how you are no more than six steps removed from anyone on the planet.Read More