Category Archives: Multimedia

Strictly Democracy 2014 Video

STRICTLY DEMOCRACY – INSPIRATIONAL WOMEN COMPETE FOR DEMOCRACY AWARD, NO DANCE MOVES INCLUDED
Rising female stars from science, technology, medicine, charity work and social innovation competed in a competition called “Strictly Democracy” during this year’s Houses of Parliament “Parliament Week” at Rotary in London Headquarters at York Gate, Regent’s Park.  
Five women contestants who are academics, entrepreneurs and campaigners were judged and a winner was awarded the title “Woman of Democracy 2014”.  Among the judges was Past District Governor Eve Conway, who will be President in 2016-17 of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland, and other Rotarians from the District were in the audience. 
Here is the video of the event:

BFWG Strictly Democracy 2014 from BFWG on Vimeo.

Tips for Social Media for Social Good

London Rotarians have been sharing their love of Social Media with friends globally. As a result, published some information and top tips to help people use social media quickly. Also, a great chance to share some of our London rotary projects.

Here is a taste of my Top Tips published in the global social media magazine Autopilot your business:

“Top Tips for moving forward:
There are so many fantastic examples I could share about how great social media can be to help people with social good projects for any charity. For this reason, I will quickly share my top tips that may be worth considering, if you haven’t already.

1. Get Strategic: keep it flexible and realistic
Make a simple strategy to implement and use social media regularly, and as often as possible. This is really important to remember, as we often neglect it due to time and work-load pressures. Perhaps, start small by using just 3 sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube where you can share your goals and achievements quickly and easily. If new to social media, link with your local community first; then work towards a global strategy, perhaps using the top 6 social sites over time. Don’t forget there are loads of applications to help you plan and share even when not online.

2. Make Friends:
Embrace the power of social media to connect you with new organizations and make friends with others that have similar goals or purposes. Don’t worry if these are just short lived, keep an open mind and see how they work out over time.

3. Ask for Help: support & social media education
When sharing ideas, you can often find free support online from others in similar situations. Plus, you may need a bit of extra help or education as I did when progressing further with using global social media. Fortunately, I found a superb social media coach in Australia, Keith Keller, who is now taking me forward to use the top six social media sites. Amazing to now have five global experts teaching me, from all around the world! For info see https://autopiloturbiz.leadpages.net/oms-keith

4. Have Fun:
As I always say, make sure you have some fun when using social media and enjoy yourself too. Generate lively or happy memories that you can easily capture and share by social media with films, Facebook, pictures, tweets and pins for example.

So in conclusion, I feel that social media is perfect for generating extra support for social good. Also, social media can provide you or a charitable organization with the opportunity to really help others and make a difference to peoples’ lives.”

Hope that is might be of some use to help you get the most out of social media.

Have fun, Kaz Aston 07768904878
PR & Communications Chair from the Rotary Club of London

How do I play the CSR Video?

Here is how you get the CSR Video USB stick to play in your computer.

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Take the ‘credit card’ out of its cellophane envelope

IMG_6131x600Carefully start to flip up the USB connector from the card

IMG_6132x600Open out the USB connector completely

IMG_6134x600Carefully insert the USB connector into a USB socket on your computer

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Push the connector all the way home. The connector strips should not be visible.

screenYour computer should now report the new device. If nothing happens, you may have the USB Connector in up-side-down. Your screen may differ, but you are now ready to play the video.

CSR Media Launch Event

IMG_6127x600On Thursday 19th September, a substantial event was organised at the Landmark London Hotel in Marylebone Road, London, UK. The Hotel was hosting the media launch of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative being taken by Rotary in London and the specially made video for the initiative. The event was well attended by the Landmark London Hotel management, by the Rotary Club of St Marylebone, both feature in a CSR video, and by the local charities who had been helped and supported by the partnership between the Rotary Club and the Landmark London Hotel. Also invited were Councillors from City of Westminster, management from the Lancaster London Hotel (sister hotel of the Landmark), local business associations and educational establishments. Also recognised were the team from Minamonfilm, who had gone the extra mile in so many ways to produce the video.

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There were a number of speakers at the event, including many of those appearing in the video, and it was left to our District Governor Dick Nathan to place the CSR initiative into the bigger picture of Rotary Service in our communities, our city, our country and the world at large. Special mention was given to the Peace Day Project – a joint endeavour by Rotarians in London, New York and Ankara for the refugees able to leave Syria for Turkey.

The event was judged a major success, and the ‘shop’ is now open for further CSR initiatives.