TAUK – Homunculus

first_imgLast year, L4LM featured a young up and coming instrumental band, TAUK,  that really struck a chord with us. At the time, the foursome was already on fire, blazing down a path of success that had them opening for such acts as Robert Randolph & The Family Band, moe., 311, and Teal Leaf Green. The foursome from Long Island have their own unique blend of jazz, rock, and funk that combine to deliver compositions and improvisation that is both experimental and extremely cohesive. A heavy touring schedule in 2012 had the band closing out the year on the road with Perpetual Groove and performing at the peak of their musicianship. With a new year comes new endeavors, and for TAUK that meant a commitment to hitting the studio.  The result is a brand new full length album to follow up their debut EP Pull Factors. Entitled Homunculus, the album is a perfect embodiment of the talent and infectious groove that the band has already characterized themselves by on stage.Upon digging into Homunculus, you’ll find that the initial track, Dead Signal, is anything but a reflection on its title. The listener is immediately grabbed by an upbeat groove that will have you bobbing your head and playing your knees like a drum kit. High energy riffs and complex guitar work forewarn that this album will be a showcase of the undeniable talent of guitarist Matt Jalbert. Bassist Charlie Dolan’s prowess is evident on the subsequent  track, Afro Tonic, a baseline dominant song which plays like a series of sweeping melodic breakdowns.  Here, and through the next two tracks on the album the tempo is considerably lighter. Hello Narwhal seems almost the perfect background track to a blissful sunrise after a night raging live music. The Spot has a darker almost No Quarter-esque feel to it before we are treated to outstanding Jazz piano work from A.C. Carter halfway through the track. The Chemist and Carpentino’s Rebirth are high energy, fun tracks with super catchy hooks. They also show off a bit of that experimental side I was referring to earlier. In fact, all throughout this album you can hear elements of electronic and synth influence. At certain moments, tracks can sound downright spacey. The sound is often unique and definitely original.In When In Doubt, as with most tracks on the album, drummer Isaac Teel provides outstanding drum work. Dolan and Teel’s bass lines are literally the backbone of the album.  Wrapping things up is my personal favorite offering from Homonculus. Titled In The Basement of The Alamo, the song clearly references the movie classic Pee Wee’s Big Adventure. The song has an amazing energy. It combines all the elements you find spread among the tracks that precede it. Outstanding Drum lines and guitar work with spacey keyboards make for a powerful statement.When it comes to music that is entirely instrumental, it is more of a challenge to give the audience a melody or hook they can latch onto. If  the music fails at doing so then all of the songs sound the same and might as well be playing in the elevator of your apartment building. With Homonculus, TAUK has produced something that fans will be humming in their head well after the album has stopped playing. The studio effort is just as good as the talent and musicianship we have seen from the band in the live setting.L4LM is proud to be throwing TAUK’s Album Release  Party at NYC’s Sullivan Hall on Wednesday, April 24th. Please join us and see what this band and this album is all about. You do not want to miss it!Show InfoBand/s:  TAUK (Opener to be announced)Date:      Wednesay, April 24thVenue:    Sullivan HallTickets:  This is an 18+ event.  $12adv/$15dos Get your tickets here!last_img read more

Arcade Fire at Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT

first_imgWinn Butler dead ringers, doppelgangers, and duplicates…Mariachi banditos next to a glitter masked cougar…Overweight and underdating Cinderellas…Pimple-headed adolescents, sweating behind homemade Phantom masks…Propeller-headed gonzos in jester hats 4 months early for the Gathering of the Vibes…A Philippine koala and a molester in a track suit (oh wait, that was the openers, Kid Koala and Dan Deacon)…These were among the many freaks and geeks who dressed up for the Arcade Fire show at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, CT on a windy Tuesday night on March 18th. While talk of the costumes and pageantry of the attendees (and the drama it created online) dominated a lot of the reviews of the first leg of the Reflektor Tour, gimmicks and stunts couldn’t take away from a powerful and career-defining performance from what could be the biggest (literally, there were at least 15 musicians on stage at one time!) and most influential indie band of the 2000s.The show opened to a well-orchestrated curtain drop as the eponymous lead single from the double-album Reflektor, a shoe-in for several Grammys next year, filled the arena and forced even the slickest of hipsters to shuffle their feet. The band followed up on the energy of the audience and immediately went into the skank and shuffle of “Flashbulb Eyes,” which helped to establish the Rara polish much of their previous songs from other albums would receive.For those who have the album and notice the obvious tonal differences in Arcade Fire’s new sound, Rara is a form of festival music usually played during Easter Week in the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Régine Chassagne’s (frontwoman and wife of Winn Butler) beloved Haiti, the country that her parents emigrated from before she was born. Before any recording of the new album, Butler and Chassagne visited Haiti and sort of felt a musical rebirth occur within them, and influenced much of the album’s music and lyrics. Another song played by the band that has obvious influences of a Carnival street parade is “Here Comes the Nighttime,” a song that features cultural accents like guiros, afro-influenced drumming, and an easy to chant chorus. The band was able to create a parade-like feel, shooting streamers, spilling confetti, and splashing lights during the performance.Now that Arcade Fire has four commercially successful albums, deciding when and what to play where, and what not to play, comes at a Catch 22. Arcade Fire, an extremely fan-friendly band, is aware of the need to juggle new songs, old hits, and fan favorites. The band organized their albums into four different screen backdrops as the cast rotated different instruments. At any moment, band members Richard Reed Parry, Tim Kingsbury, Jeremy Gara, and Sarah Neufield would play musical chairs, so to speak, quickly dropping and picking up instruments not normally designated to them. Reflektor was the cohesive glue, and songs from Funeral, Neon Bible, and The Suburbs quickly adhered and adapted to the sticky core.One of the more undissembled performances of the night was “Neighborhood #3 (Power Out),” which features some of the heavy guitars recorded on an Arcade Fire album. The set also featured sober moments, from the low-posture of loss innocence found in “The Suburbs,” to an appeal from Butler to raise money to support the construction of a nursing college in Haiti which was destroyed by the 2010 earthquake. But just like their songs, which cover a range of emotional extremes, the performance also attempted to find balance between the frantic and peaceful, the light and dark, or the loud and soft. Performed songs like “Ready to Start,” which features a very aggressive bass line and lyrics about a quarterlife crisis, pairs surprisingly well with the lush and dreamy rhythms and lyrics of “Haiti.” The latter of which at first seem like a baroque ode to her parent’s homeland, but later realizes that the lyrics are ardently haunting and contentious: Rien na’rrete nos espirits/Guns can’t kill what soldiers can’t see. Despite whatever musical genre the song is influenced by, the lyrics find a spirit within the human condition that is often at odds with a world filled with violence and ugliness. This perhaps is their best hand: they are unassumingly combative and assailing on a world filled with hypocrisy and hostility.That is not to say that the entire night was filled with austerity. Winn Butler is actually quite a comedian, in his own right, influenced by the likes of Andy Kaufman, who doesn’t mind if the audience is in on the joke or not. For example, when the Reflektor Tour kicked off late last year in Brooklyn, the band allowed the audience to think that the performance would be in the front of the house, when theatrically, the band snuck out and played the back of the house, rewarding those who stumbled in late. The show in Bridgeport was not without its own set of pranks, one being, the use of an A and B stage (one front, one rear) within the arena, an ode to the previous Brooklyn stage high jinks. During the song “It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)”, Régine rose through the stage and performed the song with a dancing skeleton; later, Butler, Jeremy, and Owen Pallet used the same stage for a stellar performance of the lengthy “Supersymmetry.”The encore probably best demonstrates the Arcade Fire brand of humor. The band has recently taken to touring with giant papier-mâché heads and calling themselves “The Reflektors.” This group, heads and all, emerged from the floor of the B stage and announced that they are playing a cover song from a musician from each state they have toured in. “Butler” announced that they could either play “John Mayer or Hatebreed,” two CT natives. Instantly, “You’re Body is a Wonderland” played over the PA system, as several thousand pieces of red confetti was dumped on an incredulous group of fans in the cheap seats. The real Arcade Fire then arrived on the A stage, chiding “The Reflektors” for not choosing the Hatebreed song because “John Mayer is the worst guitar player in the world.” The band then erupted into an ironic rendition of “Normal Person.”Humorous, yet unusual, indeed.Even though the majority of the themes presented on their albums deal with death and isolation, Arcade Fire is able to undercut those feelings with joy, humor, and celebration, embracing the Rara, disguising the sense of loss each song features (from innocence to the polluted world) and adopting a sense of frolic revelry in the absolutism of death, found in the music of Island cultures. Arcade Fire has always commented on the fact that Americans are quite secluded, detached, and ultimately abandoned from the rest of the world, and The Reflektor Tour attempts to include the audience, allowing them to become part of the theatrics (no matter how silly some looked) and grandiosity that rock shows have become. Certainly, through art, music, and performance, Arcade Fire believes we can attempt to overcome isolation.See videos from the concert below.“Reflektor” “Joan of Arc”“Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)”“Afterlife” “Normal Person”  Set List from Arcade Fire, March 18th (Webster Bank Arena)1. Reflektor2. Flashbulb Eyes3.Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)4. Rebellion (Lies)5. Joan of Arc6. The Suburbs7. Ready to Start8.Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)9. We Exist10. No Cars Go11.Haiti12. Afterlife13. It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)14. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)15. SupersymmetryENCORE16. Iko Iko (Dr. John/Dixie Cups cover)17. You’re Body is a Wonderland ( Reflektors John Mayer Cover)18. Normal Person19. Controversy (Prince Cover)20. Here Comes the Nighttime21. Wake Uplast_img read more

Wonder or …?

first_imgSubscribe now for unlimited access Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Get your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAYlast_img read more

High school boys basketball: Defending 2A champ Madison Prep rallies past Bossier

first_imgThe Bossier Bearkats had defending Class 2A state champion Madison Prep on the ropes Saturday night at Bossier.Bossier led 37-26 after three quarters. But Madison Prep rallied in the fourth for a 48-46 victory.The Bearkats dropped to 9-6. Four of their losses have been by two points.Madison Prep, ranked No. 4 in the nation by MaxPreps, raised its record to 9-2.Jacoby Decker and Dante Bell led Bossier with 12 points each. Kaalas Roots added 11. Kobe Julien, a Louisiana-Lafayette commitment, paced Madison Prep with 23.LSU head coach Will Wade was among those in attendance.— Russell Hedges, [email protected] Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

Why you may need to reboot

first_imgIn Ctrl Alt Delete Mitch Joel issues a wake-up call for those that may find themselves lost in a rapidly evolving landscape of technology, media, and marketing. Joel, president of the digital marketing agency Twist Image, offers sharp insights on how these changes affect the way we learn, shop, communicate, and work. It’s an important reality check for nonprofit marketers because these factors directly affect how supporters and partners will interact with your cause. Organizations that understand and adapt to these new opportunities will thrive, while those who resist will find themselves struggling to connect with donors in the years to come.The book starts off with one of the most critical lessons for any marketer, especially those working in the nonprofit sector: embracing the shift toward more direct relationships with your consumers (donors), is no longer optional. People now have more access to information about your nonprofit, your impact, and *you* than ever before. Organizations and supporters are at each other’s fingertips, so it’s impossible (and unwise) to avoid direct contact with those who are interested in your work. Online or off, focus on creating and building relationships to succeed in raising money, spreading your message, and serving your cause. By the way, these relationships should be the two-way street kind. If you’re only broadcasting messages focused on your organization’s needs, you may need a reboot.Here are four tactics Mitch Joel recommends for building those direct relationships, and what they mean for your nonprofit.1) Deliver value. Stand out and earn loyalty by first providing value to your supporters. Of course, you’re doing great work for the people and communities you serve, but if you’re not building long-term relationships with potential supporters, you’re missing out on a bigger opportunity. How do you do this? Start by focusing more on providing valuable resources to the people you’re trying to reach, instead of only talking about your needs. 2) Be open.You can’t build meaningful relationships without trust and transparency. This is paramount for nonprofits. Donors won’t fork over their hard-earned cash to support your cause if they aren’t sure where the money goes. Show that you are an organization they can trust by being open about how your organization is run and how you use donated funds. Welcome questions and be upfront and honest if you make a mistake. Hiding in the shadows only makes people nervous, which is not a great relationship-building vibe.3) Be clear and consistent.Do donors know what they can expect from your nonprofit? Can they count on you for all the right reasons? Review your organization’s outreach to make sure you’re saying what you think you’re saying. Consistency also includes communicating with your donors on a regular basis to help them feel involved in your work. This means not waiting to reach out to supporters when you’re looking for gifts in December. 4) Focus on fans. Joel says, “The majority of people do not want to friend or like your brand. They use their social graphs for friends, family, and those they made fun of in high school.” Ouch! My guess is that many nonprofits may have it a little easier than most corporate brands, but it’s important to remember. Rather than working to get as many “Likes” as possible, focus instead on providing value through your social media content and focus on your truly passionate superfans. Put these champions to work spreading the message about what you do and why it matters. Of course, these suggestions are just the tip of the reboot iceberg. Ctrl Alt Delete delivers plenty of juicy nuggets for all marketers to heed. What aspect of your outreach or fundraising strategy would you like to reboot?last_img read more

Because You’re Awesome

first_imgTo our customers, our partners, our readers:  thank you for doing the good that you do.Every day we’re in awe of you.We’re so grateful for the amazing things that are accomplished by the nonprofits we work with: feeding the hungry, healing the sick, sheltering the homeless, saving animals, preserving the environment, fighting for justice, nurturing the arts, and so much more. Each day you are making the world a much brighter and more hopeful place with your passion and creativity. We know it’s not always easy, and we appreciate your dedication. We know that your work matters in a very real way to your communities and the lives that you impact. And this is why we come to work each day: to make it easier for you to focus on helping those that you serve.From all of us here at Network for Good, thank you. We are grateful for you and we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.last_img read more

Get Ready for a Major Gifts Fundraising Attitude Adjustment

first_imgYour major gifts fundraising program offers the most bang for your fundraising budget’s buck, costing just five to 10 cents for every dollar received, versus 25 to 30 cents for annual or direct mail fundraising. The giving history in your donor management system can help you decide where to focus your limited time and resources. Pay close attention to those higher-dollar and long-term donors. They’re your best prospects.But before you and your team head out to make that big ask, check your collective prospecting attitudes and adjust accordingly for maximum success. In our Nonprofit 911 webinar 5 Steps to Start a Major Gifts Program, nonprofit expert Gail Perry shared three ways to reframe fundraising to get everyone’s head in the game.1. Major gifts are an investment in time and relationships.Getting to yes with a major donor is about building relationships first and money second. Ask too soon and the donor will feel ambushed and show you the door—if you’re lucky, maybe with a small “go away” gift. Accept that you’re investing—not “spending”—time to learn about your donor and build a solid relationship. The more time you invest, the more money they’ll give to your cause.Tip: Your donor management system offers a great snapshot of your organization’s relationship with major prospects, including important info like contact and giving history, event and volunteer participation, even their relationships with your other donors.2. Fundraising doesn’t equal “selling.”A lot of board members shy away from fundraising because they think it’s just a sales pitch. Or they think they need to create a fancy presentation to “sell” the donor on your cause. Remind your team that a major gift really isn’t about money. (Surprise!) It’s about welcoming that generous person into your organization so they feel like an engaged insider who loves and supports your mission.Tip: The entire team can easily track their cultivation activities—everything from quick phone calls to daylong field trips—in your donor management system so it’s accessible to all. This helps you avoid duplicating efforts or forgetting important things like sending follow-up emails or invitations.3. Your personal attitudes about money make a difference.This is a big one. A million-dollar fundraising mindset means having a positive attitude about money—and the people who have it to give. Lots of us hold notions that “people with money” are different or intimidating or even unsavory. Maybe you find the whole idea of asking for money distasteful or inappropriate. It’s time to drop that baggage.The truth is your major gift prospects are lovely people who love your cause. (You know this because you’ve spent time identifying great prospects in your donor database and building those relationships!) Just like your low-dollar donors, these folks want to make a difference in the world and feel good helping your nonprofit succeed in its mission. The only difference is they have a greater capacity for support. Your major gift request gives them the opportunity to make that difference and feel great about it.Tip: Launching a major gifts fundraising campaign feels doable when you start small. Identify a few donors in your database who’ve given above-average annual gifts, and then begin building those relationships.For more of Gail Perry’s excellent advice, review the on-demand presentation: 5 Steps to Start a Major Gifts Fundraising Program.last_img read more

Setting Targets That Will Work

first_imgPosted on January 21, 2014November 7, 2016By: Aparajita Gogoi, Executive Director, CEDPA India and National Coordinator, White Ribbon Alliance IndiaClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, what does the future hold for international maternal mortality targets? The MHTF is pleased to be hosting a blog series on post-2015 maternal mortality goal setting. Over the next several weeks, we will be featuring responses and reactions to proposed targets from around the world. Please share your thoughts with us! A lot of global discussion and many high level meetings are taking place to end of preventable maternal deaths in the post 2015 world. We hear of an ambitious global target being set is to reduce maternal mortality ratios to less than 50 per 100,000 live births by 2035.The strategies that are being discussed to reach this goal are around preventing deaths by dealing with the direct medical causes of maternal deaths-like haemorrhage, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia, sepsis, unsafe abortion; and indirect causes like HIV, malaria, tuberculosis, anaemia, or non-communicable diseases.Additional strategies that are being talked about are: universal health services, providing financial incentives, including the private sector, and urbanisation.Working in a country which accounts for almost a quarter of global maternal deaths, I cannot but help wonder will setting targets help bring down maternal deaths in my country?Girls and women in my country are dying not just due to lack of skilled attendance or health services.  The reasons for this apathy for girls and women are very deep rooted, mired in traditional, almost misogynistic mindsets.  Girls are killed before they are born. In the last 3 decades, 12 million girls have been killed in our country before they were born.  In many parts of the country, sex ratio has dropped to fewer than 850 females per 1000 males. In a nation and people who do not protest the killing of unborn girls, how do you make them feel for women dying in childbirth? Will target setting for preventing of maternal deaths make any difference in the lives of girls and women in India?   India is ranked 132 out of 148 countries on Gender Inequality Index as per the 2013  Human Development Report. One in every 4 women faces violence, and a rape takes place every 22 minutes. Worse than the prevalence, is the widespread acceptance of gender based violence. Half of our adolescent girls (and 57% of adolescent boys) think it is justifiable for a man to beat his wife!We can be called a nation of child brides-with almost half of our girls are married before the age of 18. We know that girls who give birth before the age of 15 are 5 times more likely to die in childbirth. India has 113 million adolescent girls and almost half of all adolescent girls are married before the age of 18. Women between the ages 15-24 years account for 52% of the country’s fertility and contribute to 45% of the maternal mortality. Of the 56,000 maternal deaths in India each year, more than 25000 are young mothers. Whatever be the target set for the post 2015 world, we will never meet the same if we do not look at preventing these child marriages.One way of ensuring that we meet post 2015 maternal health targets is to prevent girls from becoming mothers,and to do so, we need to ensure that girls complete secondary schooling –which will make them six times less likely to marry early as compared to others who have little or no education. Girls who are out of school are 4 times likely to have a child before their 19th birthday. Getting girls to compete secondary education will not only lead to better reproductive outcomes like increasing contraceptive use by 4 times, but economists say that if 10% more  girls go to school, our country’s GDP will increase on average by 3%!!Setting targets is very important, but alongside targets, we need to focus on strategies that include a systematic approach, addressing different cornerstones that promote women’s empowerment, ensure that girls stay in school, delay marriage and pregnancy, ensure the availability and uptake of sexual and reproductive health information and services, and create greater economic opportunities and thus build girls’ and women’s agency.If you would like to submit a guest post for to our ongoing series exploring potential goals for maternal health in the post-MDG development agenda, please contact Andrea Goetschius: [email protected] this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

6 Steps to Establishing a Photo Policy that Boosts Giving & Shows Respect

first_imgFlickr: World BankThere’s no question that compelling photos are a powerful component of a successful fundraising campaign. Many organizations go further by sharing donor, volunteer, and staff photos. That’s because, “a picture may be worth MORE than a thousand words. A new study shows that text is more credible when accompanied by photos,” says neuroscientist Roger Dooley.Despite the potential, positive impact there’s a significant challenge in taking and using “real people” photos and videos. Permissions are a must for every people photo. But the challenges for beneficiary or participant photos are particularly tough. A colleague recently asked:“Our recent campaigns were fueled by client stories that featured a photo or two. Naturally, I planned to feature the same kind of memorable profiles going forward. That plan changed radically last month, when our social workers urged us to put our clients’ privacy first and stop using client photos. We agreed to honor their request but now we’re stuck: How do I move forward with using client photos and videos?”My advice is to take these six steps and develop a photo policy that addresses both legal and ethical concerns:1) Talk with your program colleagues.Come together with your colleagues to share your fundraising goals and approach and learn about their front-line perspective.During your meeting, talk about how stories work, share examples from your organization if possible, and highlight why photos make them even stronger. If possible, use your donor management software to pull statistics from recent campaigns to show that the fundraising campaigns with photo-illustrated stories did better than campaigns without those stories or photos.The more your colleagues feel that they have a role in year-end success (and get that they’ll benefit from that success via increased revenue and the ability to provide more services to more clients, and keep their jobs), the more eager they’ll be to brainstorm on creative solutions to your donor-engagement dilemma.2) Listen to your colleagues’ point of view. Flickr: Scottish GovernmentInstead of making assumptions, dig in to understand what’s behind your colleagues’ concerns.Ask them about their worries. Are they concerned that showing the faces of clients or beneficiaries may put those individuals in danger of deportation, domestic abuse, or another threat? Are they uneasy about losing clients’ trust? Have they promised clients that their stories are confidential? Or are they concerned that photos are being taken and used without permission?All of these concerns are valid. You need to understand the specifics to develop the best solution. 3) Work together through the ethical dimensions of photo use.  “When considering photography, it’s important to examine the motives for creating particular images and their potential impact. Not only must a faithful, comprehensive visual depiction of the subjects be created to avoid causing misconception, but more importantly, the subjects’ dignity must be preserved,” says photographer Margot Duane.”Margot’s statement reinforces the importance of ethical photo use.These reporting guidelines from UNICEF clearly reflect the organization’s ethical considerations:“Obtain permission from the child and his or her guardian for all interviews, videotaping and, when possible, for documentary photographs. When possible and appropriate, this permission should be in writing.  Permission must be obtained in circumstances that ensure that the child and guardian are not coerced in any way and that they understand that they are part of a story that might be disseminated locally and globally. This is usually only ensured if the permission is obtained in the child’s language and if the decision is made in consultation with an adult the child trusts.” Angela Crist, executive director of Findlay Hope House, shared how her organization’s staff works together to ensure that ethical photo/video practices are in place:“I trust our case managers to tell me where their clients are and if it would be good or bad for them to be highlighted. We have stories we’ve never shared because a client’s life has taken a bad turn or they are struggling hard at the moment. We also have people whose stories, while triumphant, would potentially hinder them if they were publicly identified. So we never share those. We also hold back to avoid overexposure. One, to not become exploitative and two, especially for our folks in recovery, the exposure can have negative consequences to their recovery process.”Whether you decide to develop guidelines or develop a less formal policy, ethical photo/video use should be considered. Read: How to Achieve a Fundraising Win without Client Photos4) Collaborate on a clear, succinct approach to taking and using images.Consider how you will answer these questions:How will you use of photos of children versus those of adults?Is it permissible to feature photos of individuals who aren’t identifiable if you don’t have a release? Is there any situation in which you’ll use photos of individuals without permission?Will you use names and locations?How will use of client photos on social media differ from use in media with more limited distribution (e.g. a print brochure)?Will you include information about the services you’re providing to photo subjects?WaterAid addresses these issues in its Ethical Image Policy.:Accuracy – how to ensure our film and photos are truthful.Longevity – how long we should keep and use images.Integrity – how to produce respectful photographs that avoid stereotyping and ensure privacy.Manipulation – what is and is not allowed in post-production.Child protection – how to ensure that children featured in our photographs are safe from harm .Equality and non-discrimination – how to ensure that our photographic practice includes everyone, even the most marginalized.The Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois’ clearly conveys its simple, but comprehensive photo policy in this brief summary included in its social media policy:“Always have parent/guardian permission before adding pictures or videos of girls online. Permission for photo and video release is on the Girl Scouts of the USA membership registration and included in the “Internet Safety Pledge” form. If parents/guardians have not given written permission, do not post pictures or videos of their daughter online.GSSI has media release forms available for leaders if they prefer to keep these for their records or to get permission to share images or video that includes a non-member, such as a non-registered parent.”Write out your policy, illustrated with examples, and integrate it into relevant guidelines such as social media policy, employee orientation, and style guides. Then, train your colleagues and others likely to capture and use photos about the policy.5) Going forward—Get (written) permission to take and use every “people” photo.Your organization must get permission to photograph and use photos of any subject for both legal and ethical reasons. I urge you to require written photo permissions from all beneficiaries and guardians of child subjects whenever possible. This practice will offer them with the dignity and respect they deserve, and ensure their confidentiality if desired.The good news is that there are many ways to get photo permissions. If necessary, consider these powerful alternatives to illustrating your stories when you can’t get photo permissions.6) Get as many photo permissions as possible.A standard release lets a person say “yes, you can take my picture,” and you can use it as you wish, in any format you want. See sample releases at the end of this articleFellow fundraisers suggest:Including a photo release (with an easy and clear way to opt-out) in your program registration, event sign in, or volunteer agreement. Then, for in-person gatherings, visibly identify those who opt out with a nametag sticker or, for children, a colored dot sticker to be affixed to clothing.Placing a sign at the entry to your event or gathering place indicating that by entering, all participants agree to have their photos taken and shared.Identifying strong candidates (especially good stories) ahead of time and talk to the parent or guardian about what you’d like to do and the possible implications for the child and family (i.e. exposure).The following index features several photo releases and policies from nonprofits nationwide. I hope you’ll check it out.What’s your approach to using photos of clients, donors, and other individuals? Please share your policies and methods in the comments below.Model Photo Releases and Policies*Photo Release FormsBoy Scouts of America: Pack 19, Erie PA (PDF)Hawaii State PTSA (PDF)Jessie Rees Foundation (interactive form)Rocky Mountain Lions Eye Bank (PDF)Wesleyan University (.docx)Policies and Agreements incorporating image capture and useGirl Scouts of Southern Illinois (social media policy)Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape & Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence (social media policy)Telecom Pioneers (volunteer agreement)UNICEF (reporting guidelines)WaterAid (ethical image policy)*Thanks to Beth Kanter, Jayne Cravens, Rachel Braver, Anysa Holder, Maggie Graham, and Laura Gauthier for sharing photo policy models and methods.last_img read more

MHTF-PLOS Collection: Submission Deadline Extended

first_imgPosted on February 1, 2017February 1, 2017By: Sarah Hodin, Project Coordinator II, Women and Health Initiative, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The Maternal Health Task Force (MHTF) and PLOS ONE are delighted to announce that the submission deadline for the fifth annual MHTF-PLOS Collection, “Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe,” has been extended to 1 April 2017. Papers submitted to this collection must present and discuss primary quantitative, qualitative or mixed methods research in maternal health with the following focus:– Investigation of the role of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and social determinants in the shifting epidemiology of maternal health– Assessment of NCD risk factors and implications for reproductive or maternal health– Application of the life course approach to assessing maternal health in the context of NCDs– Implementation and evaluation of interventions designed to reduce the burden of NCDs with a particular focus on women of reproductive age– Community-based research identifying local perceptions of links between NCDs and maternal health using rigorous qualitative methods– Analysis of disparities in maternal health among populations with high NCD burdenPlease read the full call for papers on the PLOS website for more information.Contact us with any inquiries about the MHTF-PLOS Collection.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more