Thursday, October 13, 2016

Like father, like daughter: Jordan Hewson made it easier to donate to causes online

Jordan Hewson Headshot
Speakable founder Jordan Hewson

Jordan Hewson founded her company on one premise: Millennials aren’t taking action on the issues they care about because the process is difficult, confusing, and time-consuming.

So Hewson created Speakable, a company that uses technology to make civic engagement more accessible. Since 2015, Speakable has been working on its first product, the Action Button, which goes live Thursday.

The Action Button links publishers to NGOs and nonprofits like Amnesty International and Planned Parenthood, and has been in beta testing with Huffington Post until now. Starting today, the Action Button will go live on articles on Huffington Post, Vice, and the Guardian.

Here’s how it works:

On articles pertaining to issues that a reader could take action on — like getting girls an education in third-world countries, or the Syrian refugee crisis — the Action Button will appear at the bottom of the page
The button is powered by an algorithm that matches vetted NGOs with a relevant article
Readers can choose one of three ways to take action, like taking a poll, signing a petition, or donating to a cause
The options don’t require readers to leave the page, even if they choose the donate option
Hewson said the idea stemmed from her experiences as a millennial and someone who’s passionate about the nonprofit space. As far as she knows, the Action Button is the first of its kind.

“Nothing like this has ever existed,” Hewson told Business Insider. “You’ve never been able to take action on news before.”

Hewson has worked in the nonprofit and NGO space for years, spending three years as a campaigner for Global Citizen, a social-action platform that aims to
fight poverty and inequality. Hewson is also the daughter of U2 frontman Bono, who helped create the ONE foundation and has worked to fight poverty and AIDS in Africa.
Hewson says she realised while she was working at Global Citizen that taking action on issues had to be easier, otherwise it wouldn’t happen.

“Millennials especially are demanding more from digital content,” Hewson said. “They don’t just want to read headlines, they want to change headlines. Our hope for the company is that if we can make it faster and easier for people to take action, they’re much more likely to do it. If it can be part of your daily online behaviour, it can be as easy as ordering an Uber or buying a dress.”

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Adam and Walk in my shoes


Adam: "We've been working on a record and we've been humming and hawing on whether it's finished or not. We've decided it's not finished -- we're going to work up until Christmas...I wish we were a little bit more definite about our scheduling because people have been expecting it. But it'll be out next year -- maybe March/April. That's the plan, but I'm not confirming it."

Complete interview here 


Clayton goes radio gaga with Walk in My Shoes charity

Adam Clayton, Eoghan McDermott and children from St.James’s Primary and Secondary school at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson to mark World Mental Health Awareness Day. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan
Adam Clayton, Eoghan McDermott and children from St.James’s Primary and Secondary school at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson to mark World Mental Health Awareness Day. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan

U2 bass guitarist Adam Clayton, 2FM's Eoghan McDermott, and Dustin the Turkey were among the first presenters to take to the airwaves on Saint Patrick's University's pop-up station -Walk in My Shoes Radio.

 The radio station runs until Friday to mark World Mental Health Awareness Week.

 Clayton has previously spoken about how he overcame his own mental health issues. He says he is a "much happier bunny" since he started talking to people. 

Marty Whelan, Nuala Carey and Aisling O'Loughlin also featured on the radio channel. Clayton and McDermott kicked off the event by taking part in the World's Largest Mindfulness Lesson. 

The pair were joined by students from St. James's Primary and Secondary school. Clayton has been a long-time ambassador for the Walk in My Shoes campaign - which aims to encourage conversations about mental health issues. Speaking to McDermott on 2FM, 

Clayton urged others to discuss their problems.

 "If someone is feeling a little bit strange and they have a mental health issue, it is curable," he said. "It is not something that you have to live with for the rest of your life. "It is not something that will stop you being part of the workforce. But you do have to talk to people about it and you do have to get help. And you can recover. "I've certainly got it wrong in my own life and relied too much upon alcohol and other things to get me through something." 

Irish Independent

Adam Clayton on Donald Trump

Thursday, October 6, 2016

U2 perform at Dreamfest, 05/10

U2 performed at Dreamfest as part of Salesforce's annual conference and to raise funds for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. In conjunction with this,  U2 extended their current partnership with Salesforce for another two years.
This outdoor show is using the stage left over from the Vertigo Tour's stadium legs. It is only the second time this stage has been used in the US; the first was at the very last Vertigo Tour show in Honolulu on 9 December 2006. This stage was used three times in continental North America, all in Mexico at the start of Vertigo's fourth leg in February 2006.

The show began with Vertigo, preceded by the usual IE Tour intro music, Patti Smith's People Have the Power. Early in the set U2 performed California in full for only the seventh time ever - and for the third time in the state of California. The end of Beautiful Day featured a short snippet of Zooropa: "dream up the world you want to live in, dream out loud". Every Breaking Wave was dedicated to Steve Jobs, who died five years ago today, and to his wife Laurene Powell.
The version of Bullet was a fiery, political version taking even firmer aim at Donald Trump than the performance of Desire at iHeart. Bono engaged in a lengthy mocking "conversation" with Trump, criticising his temperament and a range of his policies, and also accusing him of trying to steal the "American dream" and hurt many groups of people. As a result this was a very long version of the song. Note that we've had some technical difficulties adding snippets to Bullet. It included snippets of The Star-Spangled Banner and The New Colossus.
After One, the band were scheduled to take an encore break. Instead, Bono joked about the concept being silly and took the opportunity to give a speech, which emphasised the importance of charity and the Red campaign. Like on the IE Tour last year, it led into a snippet of Mother and Child Reunion and Where the Streets Have No Name. On the Vertigo Tour, Streets had an intro with national flags (usually African flags), but as in yesterday's rehearsal U2 used the red backdrop.
The show concluded with a performance of 40. Bono referenced U2's recent fortieth anniversary in introducing it, remarking that 40 "feels kinda like a fortieth birthday song". The taped outro music for the evening was M83's Moonchild.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

U2#40: Adam Clayton Skypes in for an interview with Dave Fanning

Adam Clayton Skypes in for an interview with Dave Fanning at #U240Cleveland!

 It happened during the panel interview with Irish radio legend Dave Fanning at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, when all of a sudden a two-story tall Adam appeared on the big screen inside a crowded Foster Theater as they were interviewing Fanning.

He took over the session from there, spending close to 15 minutes asking Adam about the band's recent iHeartRadio Music Festival appearance and also getting very detailed about U2's album and tour plans. Adam shared his thoughts on what might happen with both Songs Of Experience and Songs Of Ascent, as well as how those two projects might impact U2's tour plans. It was, by everyone's account, a great interview. As I said when it was over: "I have three words: Best. Interview. Ever."