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Brief: Pecha Kucha III

To consolidate your learnings and progress the following brief requires you to reflect on and share your development with the group this coming Friday 5 September. The presentations/performances are scheduled between 10.30 am to 12-30pm.

Brief:
Consider what you have learned over the last ten weeks of the Iterations phase specifically about:
A) your business model
B) your product/service
C) your customers
D) your team

Consider visuals that tell the story of your learnings and how this can be coherently developed with your emerging brand. Please consider how to highlight and describe major insights, particularly those that have led to mutations or pivots.

As ever 20 visuals, 20 seconds each totals 6 mins and 40 secs. Feedback will be captured and shared a week today. For those with multiple team members joint presentations are encouraged, particularly as articulation will be considered as part of the feedback process.

Metta Eggs FAQs (v 2)

DRAFT

I just don’t understand what it is? 

Metta Eggs help people socially share meaningful messages at key moments in life – full of love, kindness, humour and respect. We gather them via a simple, easy, personalised webpage with bespoke photos and words. The messages go inside handmade clay eggs, nested into a beautiful box and delivered before or after a special occasion.

Try our free virtual egg first, and send a message to a friend. That will give you a taste of it. And look at the sample webpage and others photos of what we deliver, and what people. Our customers say it’s as good to give as receive.

Call for a 10 minute consultation to explain how Metta Eggs can help you bring lasting delight to someone in your world.

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I like it but I can’t afford it

You can try it for free first, with our virtual version.

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If you buy one, you can have one free

Thanks to donations, we can supply Metta Eggs by donation (recommended £50) for people who are very ill, very elderly or dying.

If you want to share it with someone influential.

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Sounds a bit sentimental for me. Who really wants to hear / say that stuff?

Actually, to be honest, who doesn’t, really. We might feel a bit (or even very) awkward at first, but we’re yet to meet someone who actually doesn’t want to hear it.

We make it easy for people to find their own words. We have over  20 years experience in facilitating communication, and 3 years refining the Metta Eggs experience.

It can be whatever you want. Some people write really funny messages, some are more profound. We can set up your project with whatever tone of voice feels right to you, on behalf of who’s receiving it.

 

It seems a shame to break the beautiful eggs…

Then how are you going to make an omelette? Sorry. The egg jokes abound here. Get the yoke!

But seriously, people tell us that breaking open the egg reminds them of how fragile life is. It symbolises renewal, the great cycle of life, endings and beginnings, and the potential inside every moment and person. If you commission the seed version, your friend might be growing rocket from the “shell” for years to come.

Think of it as an invitation to participate in a ritual. We have few enough left in life.

You get to keep the box and the messages. People reopen them again and again. Later on we will invite you to receive your messages renewed, in keepsake form and other innovative new products and services so you can cherish them in a new way.

 

How is it different to an e-card? Or greeting card.

We facilitate….

 

Why is it so expensive?

 

What happens if (the recipient) doesn’t like it?

 

What happens if someone puts a nasty message in?

It hasn’t happened yet. We screen messages, just in case.

 

Can’t I just have the messages without the eggs

 

Can I have a different box

 

I don’t know how to break the eggs

 

Sounds like too much work?

 

Makes me feel physically ill to imagine people saying that stuff

 

He/she doesn’t like seeds / glitter

Long Run FAQs v1

Q. What do you do that’s different? (Current question from hell)

A. We’re changing how marketing and communication functions so that it can become a more useful tool for society and business. We have an innovative business model and products that give us new ways to listen to, capture and share conversations about what people need to be fulfilled. We focus on supporting the growth of new commercial opportunities that improve the ability of future generations to meet their needs while managing the planet’s finite resources.

We are a sustainability communications agency that embraces commercial opportunity as the route to change and brand-led conversations as the way to achieve it.

We combine innovation and communication know-how for better returns in a world that is uncertain, unsustainable and is going through transformational change.

We are led by the most important areas for change and not by the biggest budgets. So for example, we’ve set up Collide to harness and take into business the ideas of young adults on inter-generational problems that will impact their lives.

 

Q. What difference will you make to my business?

A. We’ll improve your consumer insight and relationships so that you are creating products and services that will create new value for them, you, society and the environment.

 

Q. Isn’t this just PR?

A. No if the definition is about reputation management, yes if it starts with having a relationship with the public. Our focus is on finding the right insights to build brand-led conversations.

 

Q. Do you have the right level of understanding and contacts within key sustainability issues?

A. The understanding of sustainability for anyone who works within this goal, from scientists to politicians, is constantly evolving, as we understand our planet and the impact of our actions on it, better. So we will always challenge ourselves to keep learning and collaborating. Over the last four years, the core team has worked directly with over 200 SMEs who are solving sustainability problems in sectors such as energy, transportation, agriculture, we have also worked with organisations such as Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room and the UK’s innovation agency, The Technology Strategy Board.

 

A. Are you just exploiting a trend?

Q. No in the sense this is not about green-washing, yes in the sense that we want sustainable business to be a trend that changes the unsustainable behaviour of consumerism that doesn’t account for the full impact on the planet and future generations.

 

Q. Am I the right customer for you?

A. We believe that to succeed in creating the changes in behaviour that might be required being creative with communications is not enough. We need to take risks in doing things differently, that means we might fail occasionally, in fact we hope we do so that we can learn how to be better. We understand that means most budget holders probably won’t want to work with us, but we’re exciting about what we can achieve together with the ones that do.

 

Q. Do you have the experience to work with big corporates?

A. The core team all have a successful, award littered, track record for delivering outstanding work for big and little corporates. We understand the dynamics and time to make things work.

 

Q. What evidence do you have of leading successful behaviour change campaigns?

A. We’re happy to talk you through case studies and have won awards for behaviour change that has had demonstrable impact on the bottom line for global banks, energy and education companies, as well as for UK PLC.

 

Q. Is the team virtual? Have other commitments? How does that work

A. Yes to a degree. We believe in the flexibility of getting the right talent for the job…

 

Q. How good is your insight?

A. As long as a piece of string! However, we are believers in design thinking so are keen observers out in the field and have our own habits to keep us alert to emerging signals. We also apply much of the discipline we’ve seen innovators use over the last few years and is in our experience much more rigorous than the standard communication industry practices we’ve also been part of.

 

Q. Is there anyone you wouldn’t work with?

A. Yes, anyone or company that we deemed to have unsustainable practices that they are not whole-heartedly committed to transforming.

 

Q. How do you measure your own impact?

A. We want to go further than any other communications agency and track everything from jobs created to CO2 saved. We don’t believe in limiting how we measuring outputs to just twitter followers. We’re working with the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communications to find a way to do this.

 

Q. Do you practice what you preach?

 

Q. I want to work with the principal, how will I know that you’ll stay on my business?

 

Q. Can I afford you?

Goodmoney FAQ

Does trading goods and services in-kind increase corporation tax?

No, trading £500 worth of goods and services for £500 worth of goods and services does not increase your corporation tax, providing that the goods and service you aquire qualify as a legitimate business expense.

Example 1: A printer trades £500 worth of printing leaflets to be inserted into a local newspaper. The local newspaper publishes an advert promoting a promotion on behalf of the printer, worth £500.

The expense qualifies as legitimate business expenses for both businesses and will net off, so whilst they will increase the turnover of an enterprise, there will be no increase in taxable profits.

Example 2: A coffee shop trades £300 worth of credits with their coffee shop with an architect who has submitted a planning application to use the pavement outside for tables and chairs.

The architectural practice can spend his coffee shop credits on any legitimate business expense, such as:

  • Client meetings that involve billable hours
  • Staff Christmas / Annual Party – up to £150 per member of staff

They may also exchange their credits with another member who has credits from a local enterprise whose goods and services they need.

Can I give credits to my staff?

Yes you can. Awarding credits to staff falls within the scope of employee benefits and would usually attract national insurance and income tax. However, in some circumstances these benefits are tax-exempt.For example, £216 per annum that can be paid to members of staff who work from home. Further information can be found from HMRC here: http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/helpsheets/hs207.pdf

Pension contributions are also tax-exempt, so an employee could use the opportunity of receiving credits to make additional pension contributions. For example, an employee is paid £100 per month in credits from a local supermarket. They make a corresponding pension contribution of £100 per month through salary sacrifice. No additional income tax and national insurance is due. The employee uses their credits instead of cash to pay for £100 per month worth of grocery shopping and they have made an additional contributed £100 per month into their pension.

How does it work with VAT?

If neither of the enterprises involved with the exchange are VAT registered there should not be any VAT due from either enterprise. However, the turnover of the enterprises will increase. Therefore, if the either or both enterprises are close to the VAT threshold, they should be aware that it could trigger VAT registration. The current threshold for VAT registration is currently £81,000. Click here for further information from HMRC.

If both enterprises are VAT registered, they will both be obliged to create invoices that include VAT and report them on their VAT returns. If the goods and services being exchanged attract VAT at the same rate, the VAT with net off to zero. If they do not, the enterprise supplying goods or services with the lower rate of VAT will be obliged to make up the difference on their VAT return. In addition, if one enterprise receives goods or services and issues the other enterprise with credits, the VAT would only net off when the second invoice is generated, not when the credits are issued.

If one enterprise is VAT registered and the other is not, the enterprise supplying the goods and services that attract VAT will be obliged to include VAT on their sales invoice and in their VAT return. They will have to pay VAT on the goods or services they have supplied as if they were paid for in cash. In such instances, we recommend agreeing a swap based on values that exclude VAT and agree for the VAT to be paid separately in cash.

 

 

Carduino FAQ’s

Is that a Raspberry Pi?

No. The brains of the Carduino is a microcontroller called the ‘Arduino’. It is an italian designed board, which is programmable, so that every time you turn it on it does what it was programmed to do. A Raspberry Pi, by contrast, is a mini computer more like a laptop or desktop, which boots up into an operating system when it starts.

So will the Carduino work with the Raspberry Pi?

This is definitely part of our roadmap. There are a number of advantages and disadvantages to both Arduino and the Raspberry Pi and we’re looking at the best ways to go build our projects to teach programming and electronics in the best possible way.

Contributor profile: Nick Shepheard

Nick Shepheard: Chairman and CEO of Feedback PLC
Nick Shepheard: Chairman and CEO of Feedback PLC

Nick has a wealth of business experience and was introduced to us via Tom Nixon of NixonMcInnes during last year’s FuseBoxAmp pilot. Participant feedback clearly identified Nick as one of the stand-out contributors.

Here’s Nick’s LinkedIn biog:

I stumbled into the worlds of leadership and turnaround after cutting my management teeth over ten years at Dun & Bradstreet and Reed Elsevier via a micro startup. In 1999 I found myself running a commercial and cultural turnaround against more than 300 years of organisational baggage at the world’s oldest, and at that time quite recently privatised, newspaper.

Three years later, having fought daily battles of people issues, new product development and corporate nonsense, I emerged with the very strong feeling that there must be a better way. To all of it.

I was lucky enough to find like-minds who wanted to explore that way. For the next five years we wove strategy consulting with a stakeholder bias at Trinity and I became more-and-more interested in how organisations work and the concept of leadership as a profession. In 2008 I started Clear Layers to take things further and where I tried to simplify strategy to the component parts of understanding, problem solving and making choices.

In early 2011 I re-crossed the floor to take on the turnaround of AIM listed Feedback plc.

I build clarity, cohesion, commitment and action into corporate strategy and then build management teams that can execute the strategy, develop the business, enter new markets, and grow.