@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-02-11

by Stephen Tall on February 11, 2011

  • RT @rfenwick I dreamed Tim Montgomerie wrote to all papers implicating me in a crime, to get my attentn & declare his love 4 me < no dream. #
  • @rfenwick I'm just very happy for you both. Coalition at its sweetest :) in reply to rfenwick #
  • "Forgiveness is how we can forget the past and be liberated to live." (Or something like that.) Great 6th episode of #TheKilling #
  • RT @mssusieday: #TheKilling So brilliant: best thing I've seen since The Wire. Sarah 'Jumpers' Lund = my new fave TV 'tec. « THIS #
  • Trying to work out if #TheKilling will follow Agatha Christie trope so least likely person is murderer. If so is Troels or Thais, surely? #
  • RT @NickThornsby: Troels Hartmann has got some bloody terrible advisers. #thekilling « ah, you've fallen for his quintuple bluff. #
  • @mssusieday PS: yes, I must watch The Wire *acknowledges telly lacuna* #TheKilling #
  • It's when I'm on the 6.56am train to London that I am awake to one thing only: the realisation that I'm sooo not a morning person. #
  • Getting ready to chair Inst of Fundraising conf on major donors. Here's the tag #iofmajordonor And my view. http://plixi.com/p/75477518 #
  • Opening remarks done now handed over to Liesl Elder, Dev Director, Univ of Edinburgh. #iofmajordonor #
  • Liesl Elder: Major gifts officer shd have up to 500 on their call list, 100-150 they know well. #iofmajordonor #
  • Liesl Elder: major gifts function of capacity and inclination. Fundraiser's job to work on the latter. #iofmajordonor #
  • Liesl Elder: fundraising strategy = Right: Project, Amount, Solicitor, Time. #iofmajordonor #
  • Great talk from Liesl Elder, now over to Wanda Hamilton, Grp F'riasing Director RNIB. #iofmajordonor #
  • RT @schlessismore: Liesal Elder = FAB! #iofmajordonor « Absolutely! #
  • Wanda Hamilton: 75% of Sunday Times Rich List are self-made millionaires. #iofmajordonor #
  • Nice definitn of leadership from Wanda Hamilton of leadership: learning not to curse the traffic, realising u are the traffic #iofmajordonor #
  • Brief stop for questions, now over to Russell Delew, Director of Major Giving Cancer Research UK. #iofmajordonor #
  • Russell Delew: £446m to Cancer Research UK last year, only 2% (£9m) from major gifts. #iofmajordonor #
  • RT @jhumarjohnson: #iofmajordonor @stephentall say- show don't tell! Listen not lecture! Engage not ignore- little nuggets of gold. « TY! #
  • Russell Delew: Cancer Research UK aiming for £100m major gifts over 4 yrs cf £9m pa currently. #iofmajordonor #
  • RT @cbosher: Very good morning speakers at #iofmajordonor – lots of food for thought. Shame we had to queue 20 mins for coffee. « Ouch! #
  • Back and re-caffeinated at #iofmajordonor Dale Cooper, head of major gifts for King's College London, is talking solicitation. #
  • Dale Cooper: holding the silence when you ask for a major gift: it's so you can listen harder to the donor. #iofmajordonor #
  • @mjturner1975 Me, angry? Never! (Liesl is American btw.) in reply to mjturner1975 #
  • @gm_stone I've been up since 6am: all coffee is damn fine coffee right now! in reply to gm_stone #
  • We're into the nitty-gritty. Dale Cooper: what does the fundraiser say when a major prospect doesn't say yes straightaway? #iofmajordonor #
  • Rob Woods, NSPCC's f'raising training manager, s trying audience participation. Hey, it's working! #iofmajordonor #
  • Rob Woods: exhorting us all to "play full out" – we need to apply our knowledge: call, meet, get gift. That simple! #iofmajordonor #
  • Btw, here's the scene at #iofmajordonor in Plaisterer's Hall London. http://plixi.com/p/75497707 #
  • RT @jhumarjohnson: Why does Rob Woods always make me smile #iofmajordonor « I can see why! He's great, isn't he. #
  • Rob Woods: the real fun of fundraising is enabling rich people to enjoy giving their money away. They gain from giving. #iofmajordonor #
  • RT @NJLR: At last! Rob Woods presentation is why I came today #iofmajordonor « I think we're all feeling the energy! #
  • Rob Woods: we're all good at time management… the last day at work before we go on holiday. Be like that always. #iofmajordonor #
  • Fantastic talk by Richard Franklin, Director of Fundraising, Jewish Care: how to find your donors: talk to them. #iofmajordonor #
  • Great afternoon talk by Richard Franlin of Jewish Care – even got a $100 gift from a delegate! #iofmajordonor #
  • RT @jhumarjohnson: #iofmajordonor Richard Franklin using @stephentall as a 'hapless donor' – chuckles! « Hapless? Was hoping for smooth. #
  • Richard Bennett, WWF's Director of Philanthropy: major donors now all global citizens: cross-border f'raising crucial #iofmajordonor #
  • Martin Brookes, CEO New Philanthropy Capital, challenges idea donor profile (younger, self-made, more involved) changing. #iofmajordonor #
  • Martin Brookes: reality is even large donors pay little attention to the charities they're giving to. #iofmajordonor #
  • RT @jockox3: I select carefully charities I give to, and continue watching them #iofmajordonor « Quite right, too :) #
  • Martin Brookes – trenchant provocative stuff (donors disinterested, charities opaque) but more assertion than evidence-based. #iofmajordonor #
  • Well, that's #iofmajordonor ended. Full, tiring day. Hope folk got some useful stuff out of it. The real proof is… tomorrow! #carpediem #
  • RT @rfenwick: If there are 2 sugars in this latté I'm Anthony Trollope « Hope there were. Always wanted to meet AT. Congrats on postbox btw. #
  • Man on train next to me has larger iPad than me. Feel suddenly insecure. #nevergoodtocompare #
  • Ha! But larger-iPad-than-me man is playing nerdy strategy game while I am reading a Propah Book. I win after all. Yes? [/pleads] #
  • @ianpatterson99 Hmmm, looks like iPad. Clearly not. Must keep taking the tablets. #weakpunalert in reply to ianpatterson99 #
  • @jpshaddock @NickThornsby And actually my iPad looks bigger than his after all when you put it on a Focus bar-chart. #
  • @NickThornsby "It's a two-iBores race" y'know. in reply to NickThornsby #
  • @RTPeat Yes, appears my iPad inferiority was misplaced. Relief to know Apple's Soviet mkt domination not absolute yet :) in reply to RTPeat #
  • @NickThornsby True, and you've Equities and Trust work to complete while I've only a train journey and worn-out mind to occupy. in reply to NickThornsby #
  • RT @timeshighered: Breaking news: Cambridge fee proposals revealed: http://bit.ly/h1jh1s « £9k with fee waivers + bursaries for poorest. #
  • RT @alexfoster: @stephentall always, there will be greater and lesser iPads than yours. » I have no equals, clearly :) #
  • RT @alexfoster: Grt joke at expense of late Cllr Cowarn: "like him, I don't have a law degree. Unlike him I don't think I do." « Fab line :) #
  • RT @schlessismore @stephentall a good chair today at #iofmajordonor thanks Stephen > pleasure, chairing's the easy bit. Just sit n' smile :) #
  • @screaminkid weird, link's still working for me from Blackberry. in reply to screaminkid #
  • RT @FARMAfrica: @stephentall thanks for chairing a very interesting day. « Pleasure, glad u enjoyed! #iofmajordonor #
  • In University of Oxford Congregation debate on tuition fees increase. About 200 present. #
  • Oxford would need to charge £7.6k pa just to stand still after govt funding cuts. #
  • @livvybolton not yet but debate just starting! in reply to livvybolton #
  • @nppolicyanalyst Govt has protected research funding – but is transferring cost from public to direct beneficiary. in reply to nppolicyanalyst #
  • Passionate speech from student union president urging Oxford to offer fee waivers, phased increases + bursaries. Generous applause. #
  • Govt fee package described as "clever graduate tax" concealed by "appalling PR". #
  • If Oxford charged £9k fees, total net income increase would be £14m (on turnover of c.£1bn). #
  • Oxford student union VP points out that variables of college practices won't survive University students becoming consumers paying same fees #
  • I find it weird that term 'consumer' seen as so threatening in education, yet reality is so liberating in every other area of our lives. #
  • @xtophercook It's a very PC debate here. About to take 5 mins health + safety break for sake of stenographer! in reply to xtophercook #
  • @xtophercook To be fair, as there's no Cong vote I'm not surprised at turn-out. If there were a vote, Sheldonian would be packed. in reply to xtophercook #
  • Now exited Oxford fees debate. General tone seemed to be resigned acceptance to increase to £9k… #
  • …But still struck by resentment of those present to 'consumers' and 'markets' – for me, like education, they're tools of empowerment. #
  • RT @xtophercook @stephentall Also, people ignoring red light.< I'd blame the Chair, but he's my boss :) #
  • @charlotteahenry erm, the Hoff? (The who?) in reply to charlotteahenry #
  • @charlotteahenry Ah! Knew who Hoff was (honest, really, am down wiv da kidz), didn't know he was in Oxford today! in reply to charlotteahenry #
  • @livvybolton Cambridge not mentioned once in 90 mins I was there (sorry!). in reply to livvybolton #
  • @mjturner1975 But I'd be even more scepticial of its opposite, producer choice (esp in area like pensions!). in reply to mjturner1975 #
  • @mjturner1975 how does voter choice differ from consumer choice in reality? (Genuine question). in reply to mjturner1975 #
  • RT @TelegraphBlogs Amazon adds ‘real page numbers’ for Kindle http://tgr.ph/fIMwMq < Yay! Oh, but not for 1st gen Kindles: boo! #
  • I'm all for libraries but this is great reality-check article from Guardian's Peter Preston: http://bit.ly/hsxE0u #
  • @ChrisWhite17 Agree. But not convinced by protests in favour of small inadequate libraries. Great merit still in reformed digital libraries. in reply to ChrisWhite17 #
  • Oxford tuition fees debate – full audio recording of 8 Feb Congregation meeting now online http://bit.ly/hE7HtR #
  • *Sighs* Is there any other country which would enjoy so much kicking two of its top universities? #oxbridgetrending #
  • BBC think reform is too positive a word for AV, so they're banning it. Co-sign our letter of protest: http://bit.ly/fF4gqV #yes2av @yesinmay #
  • Death of the Old Kitchen, Day 1. So far, so erm empty. http://plixi.com/p/76016252 #
  • @sarabedford Lol, still another 2 and a bit weeks to Birth of New Kitchen! in reply to sarabedford #
  • Fab #popbitch joke: Man says, "Doctor, I think I'm addicted to Twitter". Doctor looks at him and says, "Sorry, I don't follow you". #