RuralNet Collaboration|2009

What is collaborate|2009?
A one day event for third sector organisations and their partners. An opportunity to explore ways of working more effectively together, with a focus this year on the help availalable to secure stability in the face of the economic downturn.
Sessions include:
Initiatives from Office of the Third Sector
Support from Charity Bank
Use of social media
Collaborating for funding
The work of the Regional ICT Champions

this is the third/fourth of these I have attended and they are well worth it, interesting presentations and people

Re: Why Blogger Is No Good For Business Blogging

In a post on Business Blog Consulting Krishna De of BizGrowthNews has written a very good article about why you should put a blog within your site, like this, rather than having the blog hosted on one of the many hosting platforms.

Graham Jones of slightly disagreed with Krishna and pointed to two videos he had made on which showed you can make a blogger site look like part of your main website. This argument was shot to pieces by clicking the first comment on Graham’s site in that you went to the Blogger commenting platform well away from the hosting pages.

Platforms such as WordPress hosted on your own website with your own domain can be used to make a very presentable branded professional website, and with all the plugins available let you include a blog with comments, podcasts, videos and slideshows.


Paul M Tate



A friend of mine, Simon Berry of Ruralnet, has been running this campaign for a little while now and has finally got Coca Cola’s attention. He recently sent me this email, and I thought you should hear about it.

You may already know that in May of this year I started an online campaign to get Coca-Cola to use its distribution muscle to save children’s lives in developing countries, where I lived and worked for 12 years. And the progress has been amazing (see below) but I need your help (not money!) to get through the next crucial phase. You can help by clicking here or reading on . . .

In the next 24hrs more than 5,000 children in Africa will die from simple causes such as dehydration from diarrohea. Simple medicines like oral rehydration salts are not available and yet, virtually wherever you go, you can buy a Coke.

This simple campaign could significantly reduce this relentless death toll but I need you to show your support.

There are now more than 5,000 people signed up to the campaign’s Facebook Group and we have our own website and blog: The Facebook Group has been fundamental to all the progress we have achieved. We’ve got Coca-Cola’s attention, I’ve met with them and we are talking.

However, we are now in a crucial phase. Over the next few weeks Coca-Cola will decide whether or not to run trials of the idea in east Africa. A deciding factor will be the continued growth of the Facebook Group. And there other ways people can show support (see below).

Please join our Facebook Group:

or show your support in some other way. There are many options and none involve money:

Thanks in anticipation.


Progress reports are available here:

I have signed up on Facebook why don’t you.