The life and times of a happy go lucky blogger in London

Save the Children is launching a new healthworkers campaign and true to form, it’s enlisting the help of the blogging community to share the message with empathy. I will be attending the conference today and on the panel about Taking Your Blog to the Next Level. I’ll be talking about how to open doors with […]

melvin burgess and the congo

Having spent an hour in a workshop with celebrated and award winning author, Melvin Burgess, I’m more than intrigued to hear about his trip to Save the Children to The Congo and his discovery there of child witches. He writes for children, specifically teenagers and his work has sometimes courted controversy. But he’s adamant that […]

blogging activism audience

I’m live blogging from the Save the Children conference today which is all about getting people activated in social media to do good and become campaigners. I’m glad to see that #blogladesh is still moving people into action and there is a movement towards doing more across more people. Most of the people here are […]

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Bangladesh is full of vivid colours. It’s easy to be mesmerised by what surrounds you there. I took this photo from the plane when we landed in Barisal, Bangladesh. We’d flown from Dhaka across waterlogged terrain and landed on water. The blurred images are of the children who ran to meet us, it was quite […]

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I’m here to understand what lies beneath statistics, but first of all, let me offer you some: Between 1980 and 2008, the mortality rate for children aged one to four years fell by 61 per cent from 51 deaths per 100,000 population in 1980 in the UK, to 20 deaths per 100,000 population in 2008 […]

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What does it take to be authentic and genuine? It’s not just a matter of being yourself, sometimes things find you that resonate and make you reconsider not just who you are, but what you think and feel and say, and write. And of course what you do. Bangladesh is one of those rare experiences […]

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On the outside looking in to a community session for Mums about nutrition. And on the inside, this is what is under discussion today. A crowd of Mums and small children gather around the healthworker to learn about a balanced diet. This is such a clever way to demonstrate it – the food groups are […]

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We flew out from Heathrow yesterday and made a short stop over at Dohar – the heat was immense when we got off the plane. As we prepared for the transfer, the countdown was on, we were just another six hours or so from arriving in Dhaka. And I nearly left my passport at security… […]

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It’s only now that I’ve checked in for my flight online that this trip now exists in the real world. Ostensibly it’s been lived out online so far with more of blizzard than a flurry of tweets and blogs for the last few weeks. I’ve spent a lot of it researching Bangladesh and it’s rich […]

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Is it a curious novelty to send three Mums to Bangladesh to blog about their odyssey or a stroke of genius? Only time will tell about but already the signs are looking hopeful that change is afoot. Will we help hit the magic 100,000 names on the Save the Children petition? Can we help influence […]

Every day the power of blogging and twitter and social media is questioned. And so it should be, for where would we be without answers? ‘Why do you blog?’ ‘What’s the point of twitter?’ ‘Who actually cares?’ ‘What’s the point?’ I say actions speak louder than words, why waste time on theory when we already […]

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