Damian Radcliffe

Posts Tagged ‘big society’

links for 2011-02-07

In Daily Links on February 8, 2011 at 1:01 am
  • Leaked slides and editorial summary of AOL's vision for the next couple of years.
    (tags: aol journalism)
  • After co-founding a social enterprise that created employment for homeless people a decade ago, Paul Harrod hopes the experience will help him lay better foundations for his latest venture
  • Elisabeth Hoodless, outgoing executive director of Community Service Volunteers, says cuts in funding are removing opportunities for people to help deliver services
    (tags: bigsociety csv)
  • Arianna Huffington's decision to sell to AOL means that some shareholders must be sitting on very large returns as the company has received just $37m in funding
  • The history books will say that the Pittsburgh Steelers lost 2011's Super Bowl XLV – but on the night the biggest losers were the pop star Christina Aguilera and the cut-price internet site Groupon.

    As with Janet Jackson's famous halftime show "wardrobe malfunction," both Aguilera and Groupon blew a big chance in front of a US viewing audience of 100 million. But while Aguilera's mangling of the US national anthem was presumably unintentional, Groupon's attempt to use the plight of the people of Tibet as a marketing tool was all too deliberate.

  • The Federal Communications Commission will announce plans to begin converting the $8 billion fund that subsidizes rural telephone services into one that will help pay for broadband in underserved areas. According to The New York Times, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski is set to outline the proposal in a speech today.

    The plan will involve reshaping the Universal Service Fund, a decade-old subsidy which is paid for by fees added onto most consumers' phone bills. That money is then disitributed among phone companies to help subsidize the costs of providing services to rural areas.

  • One of the world's most revered cultures and religious histories has been threatened with death and extinction in Tibet for decades at the hands of the authoritarian Chinese government; Groupon's Super Bowl advertisement about Tibet (below) was based on a joke drastically reducing the seriousness of that suffering. Not all hope is lost, the ad says, because at least there are still refugees that will cook discounted food for White people! Many people on Twitter reacted very negatively to the ad. This is my best explanation why it was offensive. Not everyone agrees – we've got a debate going in comments below which we invite you to participate in
    (tags: groupon)

Social entrepreneurs in Big Society

In Daily Links on August 5, 2010 at 12:15 pm


Links to:


CHISEL kids – CHISEL is an acronym for Crime prevention. Health & personal safety, Identity awareness, Sports & fitness, Education support, Lifeskills & mentoring and are the key objectives of the programme.

Pinkstinks – a campaign and social enterprise that challenges the culture of pink which invades every aspect of girls’ lives.

Mapping for Change – an innovative social enterprise that exists to support the development of sustainable communities. We specialise in providing participatory mapping services to communities, voluntary sector organisations, local authorities and developers using a suite of innovative tools for communication.

The Tuttle Club

In Daily Links on July 28, 2010 at 5:18 pm

The Tuttle Club is a loose association of people finding a way of working better together both online and off-

There’s no need to sign up – everyone’s welcome at our Friday morning meetups. They run from 10am to midday at the Centre for Creative Collaboration, 16 Acton St, London WC1X 9NG.

Big Society

In Daily Links on July 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Round up and pointers to discussions from David Wilcox.