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Factary unveils connections mapping tool Atom

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 5 November 2012 | News Tagged with: Factary Prospect research Technology Prospect research specialists Factary have today launched Factary Atom, a network mapping service for charities that lets fundraising researchers see the connections between donors, prospects and their contacts.Atom will interpret data contained in a spreadsheet or database and present it, and the links between the data, in a visual network format.The tool is designed to enable researchers to find out the answers to questions such as “Whom could my six trustees reach – and whom could those people reach?”, and “I’m trying to meet these 10 major prospects – who do they know that I could approach?”. Advertisement The tool was announced this morning at the Researchers in Fundraising Conference in London.The data that can be presented covers not just business networks but also philanthropic, social and educational positions. By combining these informal connections, it goes beyond other prospect research tools such as those that show linked company directorships. Factary unveils connections mapping tool Atom AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities that have already tried out the tool report that it has helped them work out the best way in which to reach a prospect.Factary managing director Chris Carnie added that the maps that Atom generates could also be useful for campaigning and lobby groups who want to see how best to put pressure on particular decision takers.http://factary.com/atom-network-mapping/  44 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Floating successful ideas

first_imgFloating successful ideasOn 1 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today CraigToms, HR manager at Tibbett & Britten, reveals that communications issueswere the drivers for a recent team-building programmeAction-centred development – team-building programme Designed by: Develop, Whitwell Learning Ltd, Whitwell, Oakham, Rutland,LE15 8BW Phone: 01780 686555 www.whitwell-learning.co.ukWhen I was appointed as HR manager for the Bicester contract at Tibbett& Britten 20 months ago, there were a number of people objectives thatneeded some attention – not least of which was turnover of staff. Althoughthis, in part, could be attributed to external factors such as the availabilityof alternative employment opportunities in the area, it gave us reason toreview the style of management, behaviour and leadership qualities of the team.Similar to many, Tibbett & Britten has a percentage of line managers whoare promoted from the ‘shop-floor’. Sometimes as a result, these internalappointees find it difficult to establish the necessary distance and respectthey need from colleagues they worked alongside before, and often thelighthearted office banter can get out of hand, with new managers finding ithard to lose the tag of still being ‘one of the guys’. We decided to embark on some team-building programmes and discussed thiswith Develop Whitwell, based near Oakham on Rutland Water. A planning session was convened between the general manager of Tibbett &Britten, myself and the trainers from Develop. Through this we identified themain areas for improvement in the management team that this programme wouldhopefully address. First, was the quality of communication between managers and other membersof staff. Second, defining leadership and what it looks like. Third,problem-solving in our industry. We need managers who can think on their feetand tackle a problem themselves rather than rely on pushing it higher up thechain of command. We wanted to provide each manager with a tool kit to givethem the confidence they needed to do this. To achieve this we decided to use a mixture of residential and in-housetraining sessions. The team-building consisted of three weekends (Saturday withan overnight stay and Sunday) spaced at three- or five-month intervals. Thetime between the weekends was used to supplement the action-centred developmentwith in-house core management skills programmes also delivered by Develop trainersat our Bicester site. These focused on five key areas: creative problemsolving; effective communications; performance management; coaching andmentoring. We also took the opportunity of involving a number of managers fromour sister sites to ensure the courses were cost-effective and run to capacity.The team-building weekends began as very fun-oriented, but evolved intosomething much more serious as the team began to knit together. I have to saythat they were absolutely brilliant and it gave us the opportunity to look atone another in a new light and appreciate strengths that would never havesurfaced if we had not been away from the working environment. Catalyst  In the first weekend at Whitwell there was one particular activity thatproved a definite catalyst for starting the team-building process. It reallytested our individual confidence and trust in one another. It involved team members standing on a raised platform – four feet off theground – eyes closed, arms folded, with their back to the rest of the team,leaning back off the platform relying on the ‘guys’ behind them to catch thembefore they hit the ground. There were at least a couple members of the team who were very nervous aboutthe exercise and it was looking as if Develop’s ‘Challenge by Choice’ policywould come into play, where no member of a team is forced to do an activitythey feel uncomfortable with because of group pressure. But they all decided togo for it and the rewards for the whole team were obvious. The second weekend was based on a programme where we trained as ‘Argonauts’(as in Jason and the Argonauts), in search of the golden fleece, and withoutgiving too much away, the more serious side of team building began to takeshape. Activities centred on the fabulous facility of Rutland Water. I came tounderstood what the trainers had meant when they said the outcomes ofteam-building activities are never certain, when we had to put together atotally unscheduled rescue attempt for a yacht crewed by some of our teammembers that had got into trouble. Suffice to say that a number of the team gota little wet in the process. ReflectionThe third weekend gave us a chance for reflection – to look back at the twoprevious weekends and the core management skills training programmes and seewhat we had achieved together. In the new environment, we have seen an increase in openness and trust – weare now more proactive and our problem-solving skills have improved. We had previously been a collection of individuals – a group but not acohesive team – exacerbated by a system of shift working at the distributioncentre. Whitwell in action Whitwell Learning has been in existence for 16 years and two years in itspresent form. Its training consultancy arm. Develop specialises inaction-centred team-building programmes such as those devised for Tibbett &Britten. As Jon Gower, senior consultant at Develop, explains: “Eachteam-building programme is tailor-made and its format depends on the individualcustomer’s requirements. Before we devise a programme, we meet the HR manageror the team manager to discuss what they want to get out of the programme; whatthe desired end result is for their team. We use this as our starting point todevelop a programme that will move the group forward to achieve agreedoutcomes. “We do not use a set format for the team-building programmes bututilise a mixture of activities from the extensive range on offer. These varyfrom low-impact exercises, simply using a blindfold and a piece of rope, tohigher impact activities that might require the team to carry equipment over a10ft wall. Some activities test mental agility while others may testproblem-solving skills or allow the group to explore internal dynamics. “The activities are a catalyst for discussion. Even if we used the sameactivity for 10 different groups, it would provide a variety of outcomes.”Whitwell benefits from its location on Rutland Water and much of theapparatus for the activities sits on the shore of the reservoir. Yachts andcanoes are often deployed in the team-building exercises and use is made of alocal climbing wall facility just five minutes from the centre. All theequipment used is risk-assessed and the correct safety gear is provided. The ideal delegate-to-tutor ratio is 10:1, but Develop has worked withgroups of up to 150 people split into team sizes of about 20. As Jon says:”The smaller the group, the more personal attention you can give and thebetter able you are to discuss particular problems and weaknesses.” As for timescale, Whitwell is open seven days a week and so can meet companyrequirements for team-building programmes during the working week or atweekends. Tibbett & Britten opted for three weekends spaced between threeand five months apart because the nature of their business makes it difficultto carve time out of the working week. However, other companies may see it aspart of the package to take their teams on an ‘away day’ from the office. Jon says: “If you particularly want to work on building team identity,I would always advise groups to stay overnight – the evening provides anexcellent opportunity to discuss the day’s events together and further cementteam relationships.” Time to reflect He also advises teams to get together at the office or at Whitwell one ortwo months after the programme to revisit their experience. “Get out the flip charts and notes from the course, stick them uparound the office and ask a few questions – ‘where are we now?’, ‘what did wesay we were going to do?’ and ‘did we do it and if not, why not?’. “There isn’t much to be gained from coming to Whitwell for one or twodays simply to return to the office and continue with what you have been doingbefore,” he added. Tibbett & Britten team-building weekends were complemented by managementdevelopment sessions back at the office – a combination that workedparticularly well and gave the members of the team plenty of time forreflection between the chunks of action-centred development at the weekends. Jon says: “For those who take part in one of Develop’s team-buildingprogrammes there is a great sense of personal achievement. People often say: ‘Inever thought that I’d ever do anything like that’. It gives them greatself-belief, the feeling that we can all do it and more importantly that we canall do it as part of a team. VerdictIt has turned us into an effective teamWe have seen the benefits of using ateam-building and in-house core skills programme like the ones used by DevelopWhitwell. After the course, we had become a consistent and effective teamthat benefited from having a standard approach to dealing with issues andproblem solving. The combination of the weekend programmes of action-centreddevelopment and the more intensive core management skills training programmeback at site has really worked. I found the creative problem solving a uniquecourse and full of things I’d not seen before – and I have had my share ofmanagement training. Of course there were the old favourites like force fieldanalysis and the fishbone technique but there were some ‘off-the-wallalternatives’ like ‘whack packs’ and word association exercises that reallyassisted with brainstorming and that everyone seemed to enjoy. Much ofDevelop’s training provides a focus on having fun.And best of all there has been a tangible benefit from thetraining programme to Tibbett & Britten in that turnover at our Bicestersite has dramatically improved. I am absolutely certain this has been assistedby the training we have undertaken. The feedback received from staff points tothe fact employees have seen the benefit of the training the managers havereceived and managers now feel better about their jobs.EFFECTIVENESS      * * * * *ABILITY TO MEET BUSINESS NEEDS       * * * * *VALUE FOR MONEY           * * * *APPROPRIATENESS TO ANY BUSINESS * * * * * ENTERTAINMENT VALUE  * * * * * Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Governor Wolf Acts on House Bill 1071

first_img Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today vetoed House Bill 1071 and said the following in a veto message to the House of Representatives:“Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, I am returning herewith, without my approval, House Bill 1071, Printer’s Number 1270.“This legislation does considerably more than forbid political subdivisions from imposing a ban, fee, surcharge, or tax on recyclable plastic bags provided to consumers. It potentially thwarts local governments from complying with their trustee obligations under Article I, Section 27 of the Pennsylvania Constitution, to protect and preserve the environmental resources in their communities. The prohibition under this bill, therefore, is not consistent with the rights vested by the Environmental Rights Amendment of the Pennsylvania Constitution, and the duties upon all governmental actors, including municipalities.  The constitutional obligation under the amendment binds not only state but also local government. As such, the bill cannot remove a political subdivision’s separate authority to implement its independent constitutional duties. In practical terms, this means government, at all levels, is required to prevent the unreasonable degradation, diminution, or depletion of our water, air, and land. This prohibition hinders the performance of this important requirement.“This bill also contains a significant preemption issue as it relates to the rights of political subdivisions. In my view, the Commonwealth should only on rare occasions preempt the rights of local governments to implement laws and policies that it believes are in its best interest.  Here, the Commonwealth is impeding the freedom of local governments to regulate recyclable plastic bags.  This policy supporting this preemption is misguided and should not become the law of this Commonwealth.“For the reasons set forth above, I must withhold my signature from House Bill 1071, Printer’s Number 1270.” SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Acts on House Bill 1071center_img June 30, 2017last_img read more

Last few tickets remaining for No Barriers Charity Ball

first_imgThe countdown is on to one of the biggest social events of the year in Letterkenny – the inaugural No Barriers Foundation Charity Ball.The black-tie event takes place in Castle Grove Country House on Saturday the 8th of June. It promises to be a sparkling summer celebration in aid of a much-valued local service.Tickets are being snapped up quickly and there are limited numbers remaining, so make sure to get yours to avoid disappointment. Tel: 0749111010 to book tickets. The special evening will include food, drinks and fantastic entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of Castle Grove.A charity auction promises to thrill and there will be special guests to keep everyone entertained throughout the night. Afterwards, local band Raw will be rocking the dancefloor into the early hours. The event will also be an opportunity to see the work of the No Barriers Foundation, which provides specialist rehabilitation services in the north west.The No Barriers Exoskeleton will be demonstrated on the night. This state-of-the-art robotic technology was purchased in 2018 to enable local people diagnosed with spinal injury, stroke, MS, and brain injury, amongst others, to stand up and walk.No Barriers Physiotherapist David Hone demonstrates the Exoskeleton with No Barriers Chairman Johnny Loughrey at the launch of the No Barriers Charity Ball at Castle Grove Country House on 8th June 2019All proceeds raised from the No Barriers Ball will fund the future of the foundation, which operates the only Exoskeleton suit in Ireland that is available for public use and is fully staffed five days a week. The No Barriers foundation also plan to invest in exercise equipment to create an inclusive gym environment where wheelchair users and those with varying levels of mobility can train side by side with others within their community.If you would like to support the positive steps taken by No Barriers, why not come along to the charity ball and enjoy a fun night out for a great cause. Castle Grove is wheelchair accessible and everyone is very welcome on the night.Remaining tickets are available from JT Physiotherapy, Ramelton Rd, Letterkenny. Tel: 0749111010Visit NoBarriers.ie or visit the Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/The-No-Barriers-Foundation-1734652206857645/ Last few tickets remaining for No Barriers Charity Ball was last modified: May 30th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:black tie ballcastle grove country house hotelcharity ballletterkenny eventsno barriers foundationlast_img read more

Former Donegal taxi driver jailed for having child pornography

first_imgA FORMER Donegal taxi driver has been sent to prison for possessing child pornography.David Martin (52), now of 78 Sylvan Park, Letterkenny has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, with the final 12 months suspended. Martin was residing at 11 St Jude’s Court, Lifford when Gardaí were alerted by the Online Child Exploitation Unit to someone using an IP address associated with that house posting child pornography images on Twitter.Gardaí searched the premises on October 6, 2016 and seized a Zeus Storm Desktop computer which contained six videos, with a combined duration of almost two hours, showing teen and pre-teen boys and girls engaged in sexual activity with adults. Martin admitted downloading, viewing and possessing the images and also of posting images on Twitter, which brought the matter to a head. The videos were being described as Category 1, the most serious category. Sentencing at Letterkenny Circuit Court, Judge John Aylmer said that Martin, who will be on the sex offenders register, had set up ’sophisticated anti-forensic software’ on the device Martin had told officers that he often used search engines for the dark web. “While this is a single count, evidence establishes that he was engaged in this type of activity since 2013,” Judge Aylmer said,“It is clear that this material represents only his harvest on this date.”Barrister for Martin, Mr Peter Nolan BL, said his client’s marriage was over and the marital home had been sold. Mr Nolan said that Martin’s extensive heart issues made him unsuitable for community service.Judge John Aylmer said his starting point for sentencing was a two-and-a-half-year prison term. There was no suggestion, he said, that Martin was immediately proximate to the abuse or swapping the material for commercial gain.Described as a low-risk of reoffending, Martin claimed to have been sexually abused as a child and has attended 15 psychotherapy sessions in Dublin. Judge Aylmer imposed a sentence of two and a half years in prison and suspended the final 12 months. Martin entered into a €100 bond to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for 12 months subsequent to his release.Judge Aylmer granted a destruction order on the seized property.Former Donegal taxi driver jailed for having child pornography was last modified: November 10th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:David MartinJudge John AylmerletterkennyLetterkenny Circuit CourtLiffordPeter Nolan BLlast_img read more

49ers at Saints: 5 keys to winning battle for NFC supremacy

first_imgBRADENTON, Fla. – Practicing amid Florida’s serenity and sunshine is certainly not replicating what the 49ers are about to endure.Sunday, they’ll enter New Orleans’ Superdome, a spectacularly loud tomb.It’s about as polar opposite of conditions as, well, what the 49ers experienced after their last Florida layover between road games. Their 2016, hapless team went from a week in humid Orlando to snowy Chicago and lost 26-6.These 49ers (10-2) are much more travel tested, and they take a 5-1 …last_img read more

New R5 coin for Mandela’s birthday

first_imgMarking the 90th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela, a special bi-metal R5 coin was launched showing the Nobel peace laureate smiling and wearing one of his signature patterned shirts.Nelson Mandela can be seen smiling and wearing his signature patterned shirt in the new R5 coin. (Image: Julian Schroeder)South Africa has launched a special bi-metal R5 coin to mark the 90th birthday of former president Nelson Mandela.The Nobel peace laureate is shown smiling and wearing one of his signature patterned shirts on the face of the coin, which was launched by the South African Reserve Bank, SA Mint Company and Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on Monday.“Today I am richer than yesterday,” Mandela said at the unveiling.The new coin will share Mandela’s love, experience and leadership, said Finance Minister Trevor Manuel. “We are so privileged to have Madiba with us, who actively continues to provide leadership and who continues to be an example to all of us.“The coin is in celebration of your birthday, but as a country we will be celebrating your life.”The coin is legal tender and should be used to purchase goods and services, Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni said at the launch. “Do use it to buy goods and services, and do not keep it at home.”Five million of the coins have been minted and will go into circulation on Mandela’s birthday on 18 July.Other initiatives in celebration of his birthday include a colouring book, soon to be unveiled, which will give children the opportunity to give their own colour to his life.The 44-page Nelson Mandela Colouring Book will contain large drawings of the former president, depicting interesting facts about his life from birth to the present, as well as word and number games.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Motlanthe on UK investment mission

first_img16 September 2013 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, accompanied by a high-powered government delegation, left for the UK on Saturday on a mission to promote investment in South Africa, particularly in the country’s mining industry. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim are part of the delegation, which will meet with investors, bankers, mining companies and opinion makers over the course of their visit. The mining sector continues to play a central role in South Africa’s economic, political and social environment. Addressing reporters in Pretoria on Friday after the AGM of state miner Alexkor, Public Enterprises Deputy Minister Bulelani Magwanishe said the industry contributes about 20% to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP) while accounting for over 15% of non-agricultural jobs, 12% of total investment and 30% of exports. “South Africa’s mining industry has come under sharp scrutiny over the last financial year. The 2012 tragic events at Marikana and widespread labour disputes have significantly impacted the mining industry,” Magwanishe said. Speaking at a Mining Lekgotla in Johannesburg last month, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said the government had made a number of interventions to help the industry recover from its setbacks. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Oracle Has Problems Telling The Truth In Its Advertising

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Oracle seems to have a problem with truth in advertising. Since April, the tech giant has had to pull three ads that claimed Oracle computers performed much better than IBM’s.Each time, Oracle offered no proof of its claims and the ads were dropped after IBM complained to the National Advertising Division (NAD) of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). This sleazy behavior, called “strategically stupid” by one analyst, comes at a time when Oracle’s hardware business is only limping along.Oracle’s Bad BehaviorThe latest ad, pulled in November, said Oracle’s Exadata server would run five times faster than IBM’s Power Server “or you win $10,000,000.” The NAD found that the ad did not provide “any speed performance tests, examples of comparative system speed superiority or any other data to substantiate the message. NAD determined that the advertiser’s decision to permanently discontinue this advertisement was necessary and appropriate,” the organization said in a statement.Oracle did not respond to a request for comment, but the NAD said that the vendor disagreed with the group’s findings. Oracle told the organization that it would take its “concerns into account should it disseminate similar advertising in the future.”Oracle’s creativity in advertising appears to be more than the result of an overzealous ad exec. In July, the company got slapped by the NAD for saying a giant European retailer moved its database from an IBM Power server to Exadata and found it ran 20 times faster. Three months earlier, Oracle pulled an ad that made unsubstantiated claims that its SPARC SuperCluster T4-4 computer system ran Oracle apps and Java faster than IBM’s speediest computer. All the challenged ads ran as full-page spreads in The Wall Street Journal and other publications.“Three similar rulings in a period of eight months seems like a trend to me,” said Jeff Cross, spokesman for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group.Lying Is “Strategically Stupid”Oracle’s decision to sign off on the ads was “strategically stupid,” Rob Enderle, president and principal analyst for the Enderle Group, said in a column for CIO magazine. Enderle argues that Oracle is risking its credibility with large corporations, where IT managers put their jobs on the line in trusting vendors to deliver on major technology deals.“The difficulty with false advertising is that it speaks to trust and enterprise vendors must be trusted to be successful,” Enderle told ReadWrite. “But it really depends on how many customers become aware of this problem. Not many watch the BBB, but in this age of social media, this stuff is circulating and if you don’t trust what you are being told by any vendor, and particularly in the enterprise class, you tend to avoid buying from them.” Oracle’s Sales SlumpingOracle’s shameless behavior comes at a time when its hardware sales could be better. Worldwide factory revenue from its servers fell more than 23% in the third quarter, compared to the same period a year ago, according to IDC. The market as a whole dropped 4%. IBM led the pack in terms of revenue.Oracle’s hardware strategy is to sell servers with the company’s database software and business applications. The hardware is based on technology acquired through its $7.4 billion purchase of Sun Microsystems in 2010. So far, Oracle’s success has been modest.Sun hardware has not been a favorite of Oracle salespeople. According to text messages released in an unrelated legal dispute with Hewlett-Packard, one Oracle sales official wrote that Sun hardware “baaaallllloooooooows” and another called it a “pig with lipstick.”In the fiscal first quarter ended Aug. 3, Oracle sold $5.7 billion in software, but just $1.35 billion in hardware. Oracle has said that its hardware business is in transition as it drop some Sun systems to focus on high-margin products such as the new Oracle Exadata server.Meanwhile, sales and earnings are expected to slow. Since 2006, Oracle earnings, excluding some items, has been growing an average of 20% annually, with sales rising 18% on average, data compiled by Bloomberg shows. During the next two fiscal years, ending May 2014, analysts expect per-share profit growth to slow to less than 10% annually and revenue growth to no more than 7%.As long as Oracle remains silent on the ads, it’s impossible to know the company’s motives. But the longer Oracle’s hardware business fails to take off, the more the sordid behavior looks like desperation.Oracle plane image by Kunal Mehta / Shutterstock.comLarry Ellison image by drserg / Shutterstock.com Related Posts antone gonsalves 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#advertising#Big Data#Data Centers last_img read more

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