We’re all getting used to webinars and online conferences, but this is something altogether more ambitious. A five day Festival of fundraising learning with over 50 speakers from across the world: The #FundraisingEverywhere Festival.
Could Nikki and Simon pull it off? Only two days in, but my answer is already a resounding “yes”.
Here’s my report of what’s happened so far. As ever, you can click through to my Twitter notes by following any of the links or embedded tweets below.
In position, tweeting fingers ready for #FundraisingEverywhere Festival of learning, starting this pm. Top line up – 50+ speakers this week. NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP, even if it’s already started – you can watch on catch-up!— Richard Sved (@richardsved) May 11, 2020
My Twitter notes will be here.https://t.co/lipBLh8Vdl pic.twitter.com/jWht4CqGjS
Both days started with fascinating Q&A sessions with Justgiving team members, as well as Kenneth from London Marathon Events about Colonel Tom Moore’s astonishing fundraising, and the £10 million topping #2point6challenge.
One prevailing theme came through from both of these interviews, and indeed from other sessions. In these times, we have needed to work at speed, and be less perfectionist. We can learn from mistakes, but we need to respond quickly, and get something out there.
Done is better than perfect.
Presentations on day 1, with the overarching theme of “the why,” were, without exception, excellent: Aaron Hearne on his fundraising efforts to remember his brother Liam; Michelle Berriman on her own personal “why”; some great advice from Lisa Sargent, and violin playing from Chris Keating; Jude Habib on amplifying storytelling voices; and an interview with Scott Harrison, who founded Charity: Water.
But it was the moving words of Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin of Israeli and Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace, that stayed with me the most:
“Recognise the humanity in each other. Listen with empathy even if you don’t agree. I learned a different kind of patience and a different kind of talk for peace.”@PCFFIP— Richard Sved (@richardsved) May 11, 2020
“We need to change our way to achieve our goal.”
Bassam Aramin#FundraisingEverywhere pic.twitter.com/x5HxUQP3C6
On to day 2, which was about funders.
Again all my Twitter notes can be found via the embedded tweet below:
Ready and raring for today’s #FundraisingEverywhere Festival of learning, as Day 1 of 5 was excellent. STRONG RECOMMENDATION TO SIGN UP! You can catch-up on yesterday’s in your own time & still watch all of the 50+ speakers!— Richard Sved (@richardsved) May 12, 2020
Today’s Twitter notes follow.https://t.co/lipBLh8Vdl pic.twitter.com/Sy6bR4NcXT
There was so much great content that it was difficult to step away: Andy King on student fundraising; good advice from David Love and piano playing by Howard Lake; Diarmuid McCleary on fundraising by travelling with his microwave; Jen Ruthe with an excellent session on unrestricted fundraising; and Freya Lewis on her inspirational fundraising after the Manchester bombing.
My particular favourite, though, was Leah Eustace’s powerful 15 minutes on “15 donor brain hacks”. I’ve captured it in notes here, but one of Leah’s pertinent points was how much more quickly the brain processes images than text, so… what better way to finish this write up than with a sketchnote of Leah’s session by the talented Mandy Johnson?
Who else just watched @LeahEustace’s session for the @FundEverywhere festival?— Mandy Johnson (she/her) (@MsMandyJ) May 12, 2020
How on earth did she managed to fit in SO much good stuff into just 15mins?!?
That is one talented, knowledgeable woman 💪🏼
Here are my #sketchnotes…#FundraisingEverywhere pic.twitter.com/tc00dopguG