How to make your charity donations surge

A Google guru’s advice

One statistic stood out from all the damning ones included in the presentation. The charity sector’s digital spend on marketing is falling – now at a measly 1.7% from 2.3% a few years ago. Ludicrous, given that 75% of donors use online resources to look for information and the private sector has been increasing its digital spend massively.

Dan Cobley, author of the presentation, had one heartening message: there is a vast amount of free help available to boost the online presence and interaction of charities. The former head of European Marketing at Google, and …

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Time to call a halt to regulatory overkill

…and why even Archbishop Welby agrees

None can disagree with the need for a regulatory transformation of the banking sector following the 2008 financial crisis. Yet after seven years the blitzkrieg of rules continues amidst a confusion of overlapping and contradictory requirements. It beggars belief that the rules on too big to fail were only agreed in principle in November last year by the G20, while the details have yet to be made final.

Speaking to bank CEOs and Chairs in the UK and Europe, who dare not complain publicly, the regulatory fatigue that Bank of England Governor Mark Carney …

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Muslim Extremism and Globalisation

A call for higher wages 

The bomb that exploded in Stockholm, killing 123 people and injuring another 265, is the latest example of extreme Islamic terrorism under the auspices of ISIL. The 32-year old female suicide bomber was reported to hail from Lancashire and to have been trained in Syria. Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven insisted the country’s openness to other civilisations and the December 2014 cross-party consensus on freezing out Sweden Democrats, the populist anti-immigration party, were not under threat.


Dear Reader, was your first reaction on reading the paragraph above, “Oh my God, how did I miss …

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Geopolitics and a Muslim narrative

Why there is nothing inherently wrong in deflation

The mountain guide promised us three things as we faced climbing Wildspitz, at 3,800 metres Austria’s second highest mountain, in glacial winds. That the glacier we were going to traverse on the way there in our skis-on-skins was flat. That there would be a Group A, determined to make it to the top, and Group B, those who couldn’t take it anymore and could quit with honour, to be lead down the mountain by the second ski guide. That it would be easy to climb, roped together with ski boots and crampons.…

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From Ethiopian emperors to CEOs

Companies to sell, companies to buy

Emperor Tewodros, who reigned over much of Ethiopia for a decade from the mid-1850s, was a visionary leader. His star rose as he unified a great deal of the country, abolished the slave trade, looked to undermine the excessive power of the Church and was vocal in his disapproval of battlefield mutilations.

Yet as the years wore on, excessive power, a sense of God-inspired destiny and probably some mental imbalance, lead him to become a monster of massacres and murders, as detailed in a gripping book on his reign titled The Barefoot Emperor, …

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Why Putin is heading off the world stage

The energy paradox

The events of the last few months have set in train Vladimir Putin’s disappearance from the world stage. The only uncertainty is how long it will take, whether it will be months or years. It will happen due to unintended consequences – a concept first analysed in 1936 by American sociologist Robert Merton – of his Crimean annexation.

US Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in the memoir about his years serving under Presidents Bush and Obama, notes that during the Cold War Soviet interests were taken into account to avoid military conflict. However, “when Russia was weak …

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