August 24, 2012Doug Hadden
Social enterprises must be social. Use social media. And, find ways to promote innovation.
Yes, twitter is not a waste of time. I’ve been following Nick Charney on twitter since the Financial Management Institute of Canada conference in Edmonton last year. That’s how I learned about the campaign to raise money to translate NIck’s handbook for Canadian public sector renewal Scheming Virtuously to French so that it could be used within the Federal Government.
I was contacted by a Learning Advisor at the Canada School of Public Service who wanted to includeSV in orientation materials for new public servants but couldn’t do so without a French version.
She estimated the cost of translating the document to be approximately $3750 (hence the campaign target). According to IndieGoGo $4000 less fees should yield about $3720 (I’ll chip in the extra $30).
To be honest, I’ve always wanted to have the document translated but again cost is prohibitive for any one person to take on.
He goes on to mention that he would donate money collected, if collections exceeded the $4,000 threshold to the charity of choice of any “Knight in Shining Armor” prepared to translate the document.
So, we’ve committed to translating to French as part our commitment to public administration knowledge transfer. And, I expect that it will be ready just after Labour Day.
That’s right public servants – you aren’t off the hook just yet.
We’re going to publicize this fund-raising to our Government of Canada customers and see about raising money from our new offices in Kanata. (New to us, at least.)
We’ll issue a press release. Tweet. Blog. And, Chatter.
While many of us are in vacation mode, it’s time for reflection – as my former colleague Paul Barter says.
First: the incredible opportunity public servants have to transform government services in the 21st Century – both official languages.
Second: the difference that SOS makes in the lives of children and villages around the world.