Damian Radcliffe

Posts Tagged ‘innovation’

links for 2010-10-27

In Daily Links on October 28, 2010 at 2:01 am
  • The Department for International Development (DFID) is a highly performing development agency, the world’s best in many global rankings of aid donors and a powerful symbol of Britain’s commitment to international development. Nevertheless, supporters of foreign aid need to reflect on the value for money that their cause is getting with the coalition government’s announcement to expand DFID’s budget as other departments are slashed and burned. Immunity for DFID from fiscal belt-tightening may not be desirable for achieving a sustainable and effective foreign aid programme in the long run.
  • Google has announced a donation of $5 million for innovation in digital journalism — $2 million will go to the Knight Foundation and $3 million will go toward international news efforts

links for 2010-10-21

In Daily Links on October 22, 2010 at 2:03 am

links for 2010-09-22

In Daily Links on September 23, 2010 at 2:03 am

links for 2010-09-09

In Daily Links on September 10, 2010 at 2:03 am
  • Facebook recently passed an incredible milestone, 500 million active users. And it keeps growing… If Facebook were a country, it’d be second only to China and India.
  • What happened with the Internet in 2009?
    How many websites were added? How many emails were sent? How many Internet users were there? This post will answer all of those questions and many more. Prepare for information overload, but in a good way. 😉
  • # Pursue what you love. Passion is an incredible motivator. It fuels focus, resilience, and perseverance.
    # Do the hardest work first.
    # Practice intensely, without interruption for short periods of no longer than 90 minutes and then take a break.
    # Seek expert feedback, in intermittent doses.
    # Take regular renewal breaks.
    # Ritualize practice
    (tags: li)
  • 1. Meet People's Needs.
    2. Teach Creativity Systematically.
    3. Nurture Passion.
    4. Make the Work Matter.
    5. Provide the Time.
    6. Value Renewal.
  • A recent survey done by the Red Cross Organization in the US revealed that social media is becoming increasingly important when crisis hit home.
    * 16% uses social media to get news of an emergency
    * About half the respondents are willing to sign up for email, text alerts to receive news regarding emergency
    * About half of the respondents would mention a particular emergency on their social media channel
    * 75% choose Facebook as the most used platform for respondents to post eyewitness information to. Blog comes in 22% while Twitter 21%
    * Vast majority will choose Facebook as the platform of choice when it comes to posting about their safety
    * Most than two third agree that response agencies should regularly monitor social media
    * Younger users age 18 – 34 (33%) make use of social media to get use of an event or emergency compared to only 9% of those age 35 and older
    * In the survey, 3 out of 4 respondents expect help to arrive within one hour
  • …focus on the 20% that will bring you 80% of the results.

    By doing an 80-20 optimization of your website — whittling your pages down to the 20% of things that produces 80% of the results — you’ll not only have a simpler site that’ll convert better, but you’ll have less work in developing and managing it since there’ll be fewer elements to think about.

  • Searching is one of the core utilities of the internet. Most websites today have a search function, and we all spend a lot of time searching. On Google, for example, 34,000 searches occur each second. For many internet users, Google has become the default search engine in web browsers and mobile devices; however, Google isn’t always the best search engine for the job. When Google isn’t getting the job done, give one of these other search engines a chance.
  • An online business news outlet, TheBusinessDesk.com, has reached a readership milestone by securing more than 50,000 registered subscribers.

    The free-to-use service has three regional hubs: Yorkshire, the North West and the West Midlands.

  • Industrial areas in the North East and Midlands are least resilient to economic shocks, BBC-commissioned research suggests.

    Middlesbrough is ranked as the most vulnerable, followed by Mansfield, in Nottinghamshire, and Stoke-on-Trent.

    The Experian research suggests how England's regions may cope with further public sector cuts.

    The study looks at the ability of each local authority area to withstand sudden changes in the economy.

    A clear north-south divide is evident in the research.

    Elmbridge in Surrey is the most resilient area in England, followed by St Albans in Hertfordshire and then Waverley in Surrey, the information suggests.

    The research, commissioned by BBC English Regions, looks at four key themes; business, community, people and place.

    (tags: cuts experian)
  • Local authorities have embraced new mobile phone, satellite and “location based” technology to better inform residents about a variety of council services such as meals on wheels, schools, busses, refuse collections and planning applications.

    The new technology has helped increase council “productivity” by £230 million, the Local Government Association research found, as local authorities struggle to plug budget black holes.