Sunday, 28 April 2013

Keeping it real - and your supporters happy

I love Edinburgh during the summer festivals, really I do. I love that for four weeks every year, the city swarms with wide-eyed tourists armed with maps, guides, reviews and flyers. I love that on every corner there are artists and artistes - often in elaborate costumes and sporting outlandish face paints - shouting, posing, singing, chanting. I love that for this brief period of summer madness the streets and squares are full of pop-up bars, foldaway theatre venues and impromptu music spaces. Indeed - what is not to love?!

But all this - it is not the Edinburgh I fell in love with one January all those years ago. Sure, it is shiny and enchanting, but to me it is not 'real'. And it is not mine.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Blooming good boxes

I have just stumbled across a marvelous piece of fundraising, promotion and initiative by Homelessness charity Depaul UK, which I thought was worth sharing.

They have started a company - selling boxes.

In their own words:

"Where we came from

The Depaul Box Company was started by a youth homeless charity called Depaul UK. Instead of just relying on donations, we wanted to broaden our horizons and act like a business to raise money, rather than a charity.

So we thought out of the box. Everyone associates the homeless with sleeping on boxes, so why not sell boxes to help the homeless?