Podcast: Tom Murtha on How Social Housing saved his life, and giving a platform to views of a certain kind

Tom Murtha, a well-respected senior figure in the social housing movement, caused a few waves recently when he twice walked out on speakers at the Homes for Britain rally. So, for my latest Podcast, I wanted to ask him why he did this, and why he thinks giving platforms to people with certain views is potentially damaging to the housing sector.

We also discussed Tom’s wide-ranging career in social housing, and how he believes he owes his life to social housing and to the advent of the NHS.

I interviewed Tom over Skype, which was Tom’s first experience of using the tool. It all went (largely) remarkably well, as you will hear:

 

Can’t attend an event? Why not commission me to live stream it?

You might know I’m a bit of an evangelist for live video streaming. No, not that Meerkat thing, where you click on a link and the video has disappeared, but proper live streaming that you can actually watch, and that will still be there for you to catch up on later.

I am amazed that in 2015, organisations are still not opening up their meetings and events to the world. I’ve peppered this post with a number of embeds of live streams I have done, and there is a list of many of the events I have live streamed here.

My latest live stream commission was Southwark Council’s Housing Scrutiny Committee meeting, which you can see below.

If you’d like me to live stream your event, at low cost, please get in touch. But, also I’ve got another proposal I’d like readers to consider. Is there an event you’d really like to go to but can’t make it? If so, have a word with the organisers, and, if they are happy for it to be live streamed, then why not commission me to live stream it? And if you can’t afford to pay all the cost yourself, then get together with a few others and spread the fee among you. I’d love to help people out in this way.

Please contact me to discuss any of these approaches.

 

 

 

Why I won’t be joining your Twitter Thunderclap

This is by way of explanation to the many people who ask me to join their Twitter Thunderclaps.

If you don’t know what a Twitter Thunderclap is, it’s a service whereby you can encourage people to sign up at a website, and then all the accounts which are subscribed send out the same tweet at the same time. It is used in support of campaigns.

I won’t be joining it because I hate it. I constantly tell people that social media is about being social. It’s about conversations. What happens when there is a Thunderclap is that people’s Twitter timelines get blitzed by hundreds or thousands of identical tweets. To me, this is a blunt instrument. It’s like loads of people running simultaneously into the room where I am and yelling at me. And what does it achieve? Only the people online at the time the Thunderclap goes out see it. The rest miss it completely. I suspect that only reason it persists is that most of the people who participate don’t actually see what happens. They are too busy doing other things.

To me, the essence of social media campaigning is engaging people in conversations about your cause. It is about building up momentum through posting different kinds of content over a period of time. It is about being engaging, being human, and being entertaining. I believe Thunderclaps are the antithesis of this. So I won’t be participating. And, I hope you will consider the impact of yelling at me in this way before you sign up for your next Thunderclap.

 

The First Digital Makeover

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Well, we did it! The first Digital Makeover is complete. Helen Reynolds and myself are offering organisational Digital Makeovers in which we go in and try to reach every part of the company with some digital magic over the course of 2 days.

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We had a great time working with some wonderful people at Yorkshire Coast Homes. The feedback was fantastic, the energy of the staff and board members we worked with was infectious, and it all carried us through the barrier of tiredness which hit us towards the end of the second day. We even managed to fit in a great Tweetup on the Monday evening, which allowed us to make further contact with some of the Scarborough digital community.

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Here’s the Storify of the 2 days http://sfy.co/a0Lbe

Having done one, we are desperate to do more. It’s such a fantastic way of working. If you’d like us to visit you next, please email us at john.popham@johnpopham.com