For many years now, Tearfund have run an annual event calling people to focus on, and pray for the plight of people all over the world suffering at the hand of poverty. Global Poverty Prayer Week, they called it. 2011 will be different; they're still hosting GPPW as a focal-point for the year, but this year they are trialling a year-long experiment in digital prayer, and we've had the privilege of helping them develop it. Our brief was 'twitter for prayer', and this is what we came up with...
Bright One have an angle; small organisations and charities can't generally afford to invest in PR and communications consultants. Their funds tend to need allocating in other areas, and quite rightly so. But there comes a point where to do more 'good', to grow, you need to invest in just those areas. Bright One have a network of PR pro's who volunteer their spare-time and experience, to help these organisations and charities.
They've been making a difference for two years now - two years today, in fact - and to mark that anniversary, and to give their efforts a platform to build on, they are developing a new community portal for their clients and volunteers.
As with many community endeavours, there's an awards badging system in place that encourage users' interaction. We've been developing those badges, nigh-on 100 of them; fun, colourful and communicative. We're proud of them all, and look forward to seeing them in action in the next weeks and months!
Bright One, we love your passion and you approach; more power to you, and here's to many more years of success!
Heart on sleeve time: We love Apple. We're unapologetic iNerds, we're proud of it, and we'll happy bore you to tears over it as soon as look at you. Let it never be said though, that we can't apreciate innovation and creativity from its competitors...
Towards the end of 2010, Microsoft are telling us that they'll be releasing the next iteration of their smart phone operating system; Windows Phone Series 7. Forgoing the contrived name, Microsoft seam to be doing something their critics have accused them of failing at for the better part of a decade, innovating. Over the last month or so, we've seen a swath of previews and screen-shots trickle out from Redmond, and we have to give it to them, we're excited about a Windows phone for the first time since - well, the first time ever, really.
The latest previews present some quite granular detail around the way the OS will handle users' interactions with email functionality, and the mobile flavours of the Office suite. It's typographic, it's simple, it's fluid, and we're seriously hoping Apple are watching carefully.