@stephentall’s weekly Twitter updates for 2011-10-21

by Stephen Tall on October 21, 2011

  • Hurrah: Russian visa just delivered. Off on Monday, hope to return with all kidneys intact. #
  • Fab & massively cute > '1-Year-Old Plays With Magazine Like It’s an iPad' (via @mashable) http://t.co/6znOA134 #
  • @innerfamilylife Simply my comment pointing (>) at Mashable's headline ('…') in reply to innerfamilylife #
  • Apparently there's some rugby thingy happening. Twitter strangely silent on the matter. #
  • @travelling_wolf </irony> in reply to travelling_wolf #
  • @CroPage No idea. Think it wd be much better if the ball weren't squashed. Say if it were spherical. in reply to CroPage #
  • Just finished reading Jasper Gerard's The Clegg Coup http://t.co/uitjaQUc < Insightful, frank, fair-minded. And brilliantly well-written. #
  • @glenoglazaSky <pedant alert> Would have to be bored *with* </pedant alert> #notactuallyboredwiththexfactor in reply to glenoglazaSky #
  • Feel short-changed by the abbreviated version of Yeo Valley ad. #reasoniwatchxfactor #
  • @ShodanAlexM Pleased to say Jasper will be writing some stuff for LibDemVoice about the book. Shd be fascinating. in reply to ShodanAlexM #
  • @ShodanAlexM Comment threads can be hit 'n' miss. Was good stuff on all-women shortlists y'day. #
  • I really like The Risk [/credibility] #xfactor #
  • Have a feeling this week's #xfactor acts are suffering from "that difficult second episode" curse. #
  • Rhythmix, Misha B & The Risk all good this week. Suspect Sophie in trouble. Or Johnny. #xfactor #
  • @simondrage I look fwd to @markpack's LibDem raffle win choccies turning up at a future LibDem raffle. Tradition, no? in reply to markpack #
  • Phew, for a moment there I thought I was watching a Poirot from ITV3 I hadn't seen before. Panic over. #comfortviewing #
  • Interesting possibilities » RT @mediaguardian Better red than dead: the Independent keeps on fighting http://t.co/bcSJJulb #
  • Massive queues on motorway then at Heathrow check-in desk: all to help me to acclimatise to Russia, I guess. (Off today.) #
  • @helenduffett Ta: now I know how to spell it :) in reply to helenduffett #
  • @NickThornsby Thx, Nick. Tho obvs I'll be so busy working I'll scarcely get to see Russia 😉 in reply to NickThornsby #
  • RT @kahunter RT @registrarism Uni of Nott'm to launch biggest fundraising campaign in 130 yr history today http://t.co/CcqjOLh9 « Good luck! #
  • Have made it to Russia. In one piece. And, crucially, accessed the free wifi. #
  • Have driven past Kremlin & Red Square. Was ready for pretty. Hadn't realised how HUGE they are. #
  • @10anta Well, I jolly well hope the KGB will help me with my email backlog then. in reply to 10anta #
  • I have almost mastered the Russian Metro system (after a day's meetings). Cannot say same for ability to navigate to/from Metro stations. #
  • And suspect @helenduffett would adore beautiful architecture of the (very clean) Russian Metro. http://t.co/r3kYcdrN #
  • Spent 30 mins trying to find Moscow restaurant tonight… had walked past it 3 times cos only knew its roman not cyrillic name. #failski #
  • @helenduffett Lolskaya as da kidzki say here. in reply to helenduffett #
  • @Verybemused Yeah but I usually know where I am… Just not which street will take me where I want to be :) in reply to Verybemused #
  • Morally I'm not sure where I stand on eating veal tongues, but nomnomnom. #
  • Grauniad attacks (rightly) Booker prize 2011 judge Stella Rimington's graceless broadside http://t.co/1Dpue9Mu #
  • At Russian Donors Forum in Moscow. Odd to be at conference with no-one tweeting (that I can see), or even a hashtag. #
  • @JasonJHunter If they do it's from bullet-proof, reinforced smartphones. in reply to JasonJHunter #
  • In exciting news, I have an earpiece with simultaneous English/Russian translation. Remarkably hard to focus when simul-tweeting too. #
  • Apparently a word-cloud in Russia is known as a word-bucket. #
  • Hmm, an interactive conference session is a little more tricky if you're the only English speaker. #
  • Feeling inadequate. Sat next to Russian whose French is better than my English. #
  • Interestingly smilar concerns from Russian Donors Forum as in UK: transparency, accountability, efficiency, impact of charities. #
  • But differences include: more concerns about donor anonymity, corporate social responsibility, and "kick backs". #
  • @geekofhearts Fewer arguments I suspect. in reply to geekofhearts #
  • Russian Donors Forum questions… (1) Q: Do celebs help raise funds? A. Can do, but charities need to "screen" for motivations. #
  • (2) Q: How to educate youth to get involved in philanthropy? A: Schools and media. #
  • (3) Q: Overhead costs of charities. A: differs according to type / experience / professionalism / project-focus of organisation #
  • (4) Q: What's the difference between public relations & openness? A: not necessarily a causal link! #
  • (5) Q: Why do the authorities need to control philanthropy? (!) A: those who do it are Russian prime minister (and above!). #hmmm #
  • (6) Advantages/disadvantages of anonymity/publicity? A: publicity needed but regional media afraid to publish philanthropic stories. #
  • (7) Q: How to tell diff bet real/fake philanthropy? A: Professionals need to set code & publicise this thru media to help citizens learn. #
  • At launch in Moscow of first Russian Donor's Forum Report, 'State of Institutional Philanthropy Devpt in Russia'. 200+ of us here. #
  • Turns out there are 301 charitable foundations which have been validated in Russia. Min of Justice has patchy figures. Gave 23.5m roubles. #
  • Top causes for charitable giving in Russia among foundations: education, vulnerable people, arts. #
  • (23.5m roubles approx £500k.) #
  • Apparently my fundraising seminar tomorrow at Russian Donor's Forum is booked-up. Which is nice. #
  • Interesting degree of import in Russia attached to gaining media coverage for philanthropy. Vital part of 'normalising' behaviour, I guess. #
  • High expectation of growth in private/corporate foundations in Russia; & of growth in regulation of sector by govt. #
  • @travelling_wolf somethingsky University (Oxford). in reply to travelling_wolf #
  • Aha, it was 23.5 *billion* roubles given by top 100 charitable foundations in Russia (~£500m). A lot, tho small prop of Russian GDP. #
  • To put Russia's £500m philanthropic national spending in context: same amount as given to UK universities last year. #
  • @travelling_wolf I couldn't possibly comment. in reply to travelling_wolf #
  • @mjturner1975 Russian GDP lower than ours? Interestng. Didn't know. in reply to mjturner1975 #
  • @travelling_wolf Yes, Blavatnik. Tho US-based. in reply to travelling_wolf #
  • The view inside the Russian Donors Forum, Moscow http://t.co/51y1RaPg « 200+ folk here. #
  • So my 'Russian Donors Forum' session was on 'Technologies and Challenges'. Luckily 'technologies' here means strategies/techniques. #
  • Always odd to have your talk translated as you go. Hard to get into your flow but easier to think ahead and be precise & concise. #
  • @f8vnz Lol, quite (possibly) true. in reply to f8vnz #
  • @DPJHodges Too true. No-one ever looks up when they're cleaning. Or cleansing. in reply to DPJHodges #
  • Here's a Russian Donors Forum session title for you. 1.5 hours on "Celebrity as a Technology in Philanthropy". (Actually v interesting.) #
  • Fierce debate at Russian Donors Forum: shd you pay celebs for charity appearances? (You don't get this @CASE_Europe!) #
  • Gaddafi dead, I see. Blood-lust vengeance or necessary closure? #
  • Actually this is a qood Q > MT @JohnRentoul "Could Dave’s women problem boost Yvette’s chances?" Mike Smithson #QTWTAIN http://t.co/VdK9zgoq #
  • @sarabedford Agreed: #ambivalent in reply to sarabedford #
  • @neilfawcett but doesn't mean they couldn't do even better! in reply to neilfawcett #
  • @neilfawcett No evidence. But I think it's an interesting/fair #QTWAI "Maybe". in reply to neilfawcett #
  • Just completed my first (only?) interview for Russian radio station. Cool name: 'Mir' – could catch on. #
  • @neilfawcett Perhaps so (tho there are more women). But think we've proven it's worth a http://t.co/klsrlKUM comment thread at least :) in reply to neilfawcett #
  • I'm drinking white wine in Russia. I think tho I'm happy it's not Russian white wine. #
  • It is at least some relief to be at a work conference where it is almost impossible to network. Tho trying English best to look approachable #
  • RT @GdnPolitics Some universities to drop fees to under £7,500 http://t.co/iDKZRNvu << y'see there's this thing called a market… #
  • (Tho admittedly it's a very rigged market.) #
  • @travelling_wolf Bad experiences when younger! in reply to travelling_wolf #
  • @travelling_wolf On higher ed, the govt has allowed the distinction between a free market to and a planned economy to become blurred. in reply to travelling_wolf #
  • I hope my employer appreciates me hoovering up the free buffet to minimise my subsistence expenses. #
  • @sarabedford True. Tho it will reduce cost to Treasury therefore net good to public finances. in reply to sarabedford #
  • Drinking wine on empty stomach & too little sleep equals light-headedness. Who knew? #
  • @mjturner1975 My guess is this is supply/demand working as it shd. We'll see. in reply to mjturner1975 #
  • One way to guarantee self-restraint – here's the mini-bar at my Moscow hotel http://t.co/TNcTVpqg #
  • So glam: here's my (very nice) hotel room view. http://t.co/Js3fznen #
  • @NickThornsby @maxatkinson Ha! I wish. Have had 1 glass of wine all week. in reply to NickThornsby #
  • @BexhillBattleLD Is Aerostar. Maybe changed name, or maybe generic Russian hotel architecture. in reply to BexhillBattleLD #
  • RT @weatheroxford Should be dry overnight. Lows 2 °C. « Hah, colder than Moscow. #