Category Archives: Other stuff

Popper and the Poker

Tweet A talk given at the Barnes Philosophy Club, September 2014. Thanks to everyone who came along, and asked such insightful questions. “Did two Austrian logicians really come close to blows over the nature of philosophy? At the Cambridge Moral Sciences … Continue reading

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Nietzsche at the Barnes Philosophy Club

Tweet I gave an introductory (and strictly amateur) talk on Nietzsche’s philosophy of art at the Barnes Philosophy Club. Nietzsche talk Discussion and questions Slides: Nietzsche on art slides from Nick Aldridge    

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Does actual giving behaviour match expressed giving preferences?

Tweet or Can people tell you which causes they’ll support? There are plenty of surprises in the causes people choose to support on eBay for Charity. While the most obvious causes (children, animal and cancer-related charities) tend to attract plenty … Continue reading

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Reflections on Charity Hack 2011 – charities and technology

Tweet  This year’s Charityhack brought together 50 web developers and designers at the PayPal office in West London. The brief was to come up with an idea that could benefit charities through web or mobile technology, and then build a … Continue reading

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The London housing market – leading us to a smaller society

Tweet Exactly how much truth was there in my recent claim that the UK’s housing market (and London’s in particular) make shared ownership of social problems less likely, as excessive house prices interact with incoming caps on housing benefit, leading … Continue reading

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Virgin Trains: pay extra if you work for a charity

Tweet Last year Virgin Trains launched a revamped discount scheme for charity staff. At the time, it was clear the scheme would be less flexible and require extra bureaucracy, with the ever-present threat of a “full price fare” if you … Continue reading

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Big Society Online – thoughts on the future direction of digital fundraising

Tweet The Cabinet Office recently asked me for a few thoughts on how technology could be harnessed more effectively to support the “Big Society” objective of increasing charitable giving and volunteering. The resulting essay was published (alongside several others, and … Continue reading

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A chugging fiasco?

A look at the reasons for Newsnight’s recent attack on face-to-face fundraising, and at the response from the sector. Continue reading

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Burdens on the Big Society

Why is HMRC introducing tedious extra paperwork at a time when the government is trying to encourage people to get involved in charities? Continue reading

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