About Steve Bridger
Adrian Melrose (GivingMatters) likes my blog :)
A fantastic, wise and balanced approach to how the third sector can use social media. I’m hooked!
I coined the concept of a buzz director for people inside organisations who champion the use of social media to promote their cause, and advocate that charities work to release authentic voices in their organisations, particularly through storytelling.
I’ve earned a bit of a reputation for not shying away from asking challenging questions of charities around issues of transparency, accountability and sustainability.
Over the years, I’ve helped create websites for organisations like the British Heart Foundation, the Labour Party, and the Church of England.
I’ve won a few awards for my blogging, too. In 2006, I was the first non-Mexican recipient of the Colibri Ecotourism Achievement Award, presented to “a leading catalyst working towards ecotourism in Mexico”.
In 2003, I received the awfully prestigious Lente de Plata (‘Silver Lens’) award from the President of Mexico for my writing.
I created two respected Mexico-related blogs:
- After Wilma, a blog that challenged the broadcast model of communicating a destination to tourists in a crisis (makes a great case study!).
- Mexicanwave, (Ten Best Travel Blogs, The Guardian), which is still the independent online resource most often cited in guidebooks to Mexico (although there’s not much going on now).
What else? Well, I think I’m a half-decent amateur photographer. It gets me outdoors where I have a developed a particular fondness for peering up at the sky from beneath a tree (not sure what this says about me). I own only a Sony Cypershot compact digital camera, but I’m pleased with the results. My Mexico x 100 series of photographs has received some acclaim outside of my immediate family and been viewed more than 12,000 times. When I’m not blogging, I’m usually having conversations with others about the power of blogs and online communities.
I won’t bore you with the details, but here’s a list of some of the things I am now…
- Parent and School Governor (and proud of it!)
- Social Media Consultant & Online Community Mentor
- Member, NCVO ICT Foresight e-panel
or have been…
- Community Manager at Sift
- Business Development Manager, travel portal (which dot-bombed)
- Charities Development Manager, Justgiving
- Director, Web Consultancy… with Nigel Dunn
- Campaigner, Oxfam UK
- Operations Manager, Blue Peter Appeal (honestly)
- Academic Advisor, Macmillan Education
- Primary school teacher, Mexico (I swear, never again…)
- Observer, Federal Elections, Mexico
- Welfare Officer, Student Union Executive (when I had more hair on my chin than I now have on my head)
I moved out of London in 2002, back to the West Country where I grew up. I now live in a particularly green part of North Somerset with my young half-English, half-Mexican family.
steve [at] nfp2 [dot] co [dot] uk