Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Holiday for Hope -Hong Kong and Mainland China

Time is getting short for you to get onboard for this year's Global Holiday for Hope.

We'd love the opportunity to help bring this event to Hong Kong or mainland China.

If you are connected with a local non-profit or grassroots group that works with children from underprivileged backgrounds, or perhaps have special medical needs, please do what you can to help bring a smile to their face this coming holiday season.

We've posted three versions of a video that we hope will inspire you to participate in this very worthy event.

Please share with your friends!

The "world" edition:

The "China Hong Kong" edition:

The "China" version that can be viewed on the mainland:

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The relationship between charities and volunteers


A few days ago we came across this link to an article published by The Third Sector.

David Ainsworth's "Is volunteering too much hard work for charities?" was not only a fascinating read, but on a couple of points it left us feeling; aahhh, yes! Been there, experienced that!

For example, "..it also seemed clear that many charities, while they wanted help, weren't really set up for receiving it. All three organisations I spoke to underestimated the time it would take them to deal with me. And none seemed keen on the idea that any help they received would lead to work they would have to carry on themselves."

At Ridealist we've worked with some fantastic partners -- and from time to time we've experienced those who fit rather well with David's above description. In the latter case the proposed project often quietly gathers digital dust in the "to do" file on our computer.

From a personal perspective as the volunteer, we've found all the projects rewarding or educational in one way or another, irregardless of whether they resulted in a published video or photo essay.

But sometimes, even after all the hard work, when the video is edited and the images carefully photoshopped - the projects haven't achieved the desired result.

As David points out, "Now the common factor in all these situations was me, the volunteer, so I can't rule out the possibility that my advice was unhelpful, or that I didn't have the particular skills they needed, and that's why these experiences were unsuccessful."

As much as possible we try to establish a rapport with the group we're working with to build a clear idea of what they would like us to do, what they are hoping to achieve, and how (and of course where) would they like the finished product to appear.

Thoughtful input from both sides is essential, it is very much a two way street.

Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

But unless you try, you'll never know!

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Thursday, 4 November 2010

Ridealist going global without leaving home!

If you checked out the previous post about Holiday for Hope, you might be interested to know the interview with Robert Waters was done via skype-video.


We're now planning to use the same process to produce an introduction for Decade of Light and D2O.

Using skype-video interviews and your video/photographs uploaded to our Box.Net account, Ridealist can pretty much produce a video/slideshow for any non-profit or grassroots organisation anywhere in the world.

While we love to pack the camera bags, hump the tripods and get out and meet the people we are working with, this option gives us so much more opportunity to reach out and provide a service to groups in more remote regions of the world.

If you think this might be of value to you or your organisation, we'd be delighted to hear from you.


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Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Global Holiday for Hope - Hong Kong and China


In collaboration with Dreams for Kids and their Holiday for Hope program, we've just posted three versions of a video that we hope will inspire you to participate in this very worthy event.

Please share with your friends!

The "world" edition:

The "China Hong Kong" edition:

The "China" version that can be viewed on the mainland:


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