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Charities and Not-for-Profit organisations increasingly rely on the generosity – and favour – of philanthropists to achieve significant good (and relieving government of some obligation…). Subtle social engineering or just the usual market forces?

Yesterday’s Pro Bono news cartoon. Who is Pro Bono and what does ‘Pro Bono Publico’ actually mean, see here.

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Today’s Pro Bono News cartoon. Many charities and not-for-profit organisations depend on attracting philanthropic funds to operate their programs. Higher education is having particular success –  for example, after raising $600 million by 2015, Sydney University is now aiming for $1 billion from donors. “Most of the research and innovation is done from universities and that is what these growing (philanthropic) groups really desire. So other charities have got to perhaps think about casting some of their ask in that language, rather than just the emotive ask” says John McLeod from JBWere Philanthropic Services. read more on the Pro Bono website here.

Each illustrating job often involves getting a glimpse into a valuable, innovative and creative project.  Helen Palmer, creator of Self unLimited, outlined her Folkscape image and after a couple of drafts this is how it turned out.

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To help understand the picture I asked Helen some questions:

What is Folkscape?

It’s a place – a social place and a digital place where people on Self unLimited adventures can meet, share, learn and support each other.

What’s Self unLimited?

It’s an idea and an approach for taking charge about your own experience of work. You don’t have to be self-employed to be in charge and making decisions that affect you now and in the future. It’s for people who are frustrated about work, it’s for people wondering if they need to think differently about work with a future of big changes like AI and robotics.

https://www.be-selfunlimited.com/about-self-unlimited/

The people all have letters on their tops, what does that mean?

The letters on people’s tops come from Self unLimited logo. Each of these people is making their own version of being Self unLimited. The guy wearing the ‘M’ is Mike – he’s in charge of Mike unLimited – which is his own workscape – the place where he makes choices about how he wants to navigate his experience of work.

The scene is a little mysterious, as if the people have just stumbled on a special place, and off in the distance there appears to be more… what is going on?!

Off in the distance are some special places for group learning experiences. People pay to access these – so that’s why they aren’t in the free open space you see most prominent in this picture. https://www.be-selfunlimited.com/learning-options/

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Edible Adelaide poster illustrating Natural Resources Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges’ Edible Adelaide report – cultivating a shared vision for a more edible Greater Adelaide. There are links to the report and an A4 300dpi file of the poster on that page. More background on the development of the report is on the Sustainable Communities South Australia Inc site here.

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Bob Dick is well known as an action researcher, an elder of  facilitation in Australia, and an international figure in the field of Action Learning and Action Research – as facilitator Andrew Rixon, writes in his introduction to Bob’s Approaching Change – one story at a time, 20 stories and insights for coaches, facilitators, trainers and change leaders; an e-book to be launched next week – more details and buy it here.

Bob Dick begins his collection with ‘…the discovery of the virtues of story as intervention and story for diagnosis.’ Tools for change!

These illustrations are just hints to the story gems in this book.

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The role that philanthropists play, in partnership with the not-for-profit sector, is highlighted in a number of posts on the Pro Bono News website.  In particular, a call to young Aussie philanthropists from the Founder and CEO of San Francisco-based Tipping Point Community, Daniel Lurie.

As Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving Manager, Caroline Vu says: “This generation of young philanthropists isn’t content just writing cheques. They want to be engaged in the giving process, using their skills, resources and networks to maximise return on investment.”

Here’s the cartoon the article inspired:

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Moorabool Shire Council, in country Victoria, Australia held its Vibrant Communities Conference 2013, in the Ballan Mechanics Institute Hall ,on the 20th of April.

I was there to cartoon the issues and ideas that emerged in the workshops and sessions. Cartooning on the spot, among people passionate about their community and its future is a dose of reality.

It is also a good test for the cartoons. Do they help capture what people are feeling and saying? Do they have ‘yes we can’ positiveness? (Tricky, cartooning lends itself to more negative ways of looking at things). Can they help remind participants of the conference discussions weeks and months down the track?

It is that mnemonic role of cartoons, and other images, that gives them value after the fun on the day.

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The next set of books from Independence Educational Publishers has appeared. From the Poverty book here is a cartoon illustrating a positive article on the value of microfinance.

 

 

In a slightly deluded belief that providing a cloud for uploading files is cutting edge community development ‘Global cloud computing giant, Salesforce.com has defended its plans to trademark the term ‘social enterprise’ world wide’. Click here to read the story on the Pro Bono website.

Quoting from the article:

‘US author and social entrepreneur, Auren Kaplan responded … saying “the trademarking of “social enterprise” by Salesforce degrades the work of social entrepreneurs all over the world, and is unacceptable.”

 

‘Many responses … have described the Salesforce.com moves as absurd, ridiculous, foolish and brand suicide’.

 

Here is today’s NFP Kneebone cartoon for Pro Bono News:

 

 

 

 

 

John McKenna is a well-known Australian disability commentator, and this week publishes his 80th  post on his blog. (It is also his 50th birthday this week – more reason to celebrate!).

For some time,  in collaboration with John,  I have been drawing  cartoons to illustrate some of his posts.