24 Hour Plays

first_imgIt was always going to be interesting: six of Oxford’s finest young playwrights paired with six directors, randomly assigned to a group of actors and then given twenty-four hours to produce an original piece of theatre, all in the name of charity. The results were varied, both in content and quality. The majority clearly fell vitctim to a conflict between the grandiose ideas of the playwrights and the time constraints imposed by the exercise. The Gingerbread House in particular, while to be commended for its artistic vision, was dull and practically incomprehensible, and surprised everyone by abruptly finishing within ten minutes.The two most enjoyable plays, Alex Christofi’s The Reception and Cathy Thomas’ Who Needs Jesuits? kept it simple. The former centered around three slightly-inebriated bachelors slumped in a forgotten corner at a wedding reception, while Thomas’ delightfully irreverent production began as a stereotypical family breakfast that soon degenerated into bedlam. Both managed to be funny without seeming contrived and featured some excellent one-liners – but the highlight had to be an enthusiastic dance from Jack Farchy wearing nothing but a polka-dot mini dress. Also deserving special mention was Tom Campion’s touching play about the relationship between two cantankerous old men, roles which were played to perfection by Jonny Totman and Peter Clapp. And, as one would expect from any self-respecting playwright hailing from Wadham, there was of course a gratuitous and completely unnecessary reference to Nelson Mandela.While, conceptually, the idea of the 24 Hour Plays pulled all the right strings, in that it tested the creative skill of the playwrights and the initiative of the actors, the productions were, by and large, over-complex and over-ambitious, and as a result unpolished and unclear. In many of the plays the audience was left confused and frustrated, and dare I say it, wishing they had spent the last two hours watching re-runs of The OC. Ultimately, in a production with such unique time constraints as this, simplicity would have been preferable as opposed to trying to make artistic statements at the expense of coherence and clarity.Sarah DaviesDir. VariousKeble O’Reillylast_img read more

How to consistently engage employees with your brand

first_img continue reading » Branding your credit union or bank does not work without your employees. No matter what you say your brand vision is, if your employees don’t live it every single day it doesn’t matter.Raddon, a Fiserv company, found that 55 percent of financial institution employees are disengaged with their credit union or bank’s brand. That means, in theory, more than half of the employees your members or customers interact with aren’t representing your brand. And your consumer experience is suffering because of it.Clearly, living the brand is where many credit unions and banks struggle. You have a catchy tagline, a bold vision and even a targeted niche. But then your employees fail to live the brand message you’ve created. It’s the classic struggle of consistency.For example—I’m sure this doesn’t happen at your institution—a consumer may go to one of your branches and, when they don’t receive the answer they wanted, drive across town to another one of your branches because they’ll get a different answer there. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Grab teams up with BRI to support start-ups through GVV program

first_imgEditor’s note: The article has been updated to include more detail on investment schemes and channels in the second and last paragraphs for clarity.Topics : Ride-hailing decacorn Grab is working with Bank Rakyat Indonesia’s (BRI) investment arm, BRI Ventures, to help start-ups grow to the next level through the third Grab Ventures Velocity (GVV) accelerator program.Under the program, Grab and BRI Ventures expect to commit up to US$10 million to Indonesian startups in cash investment, in-kind benefits, capacity building and mentorship, said BRI Ventures CEO Nicko Widjaja.”The start-ups will receive cash as well as the opportunity to use Grab’s and BRI’s ecosystems,” he said during a press conference on the 2020 GVV launch in Jakarta on Tuesday. “This investment will be made both through new start-up initiatives that Grab and BRI Ventures will implement jointly and through the existing GVV program.” “The two sectors have huge potential,” she told the press. “Food services are trendy while logistics is important in the country. Both are prominent in the digital economy, too.”Grab is currently opening registration for the third GVV batch until March 31 for start-ups in Southeast Asia to join the program.“Grab will provide training for businesses so they can benefit from our ecosystem,” Neneng said, adding that the GVV program would start in April or May and run for 16 weeks.She went on to say that Grab could include a widget of the start-ups’ application in Grab’s app. One example was Grab integrating Sayurbox into its app so Grab’s customers can directly buy Sayurbox products from the ride-hailing app.Read also: Government’s plan to empower MSMEs through omnibus bill faces backlashGrab reported that the 10 GVV graduates had helped 117,000 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country since the program started in 2018. In the second batch, GVV trained six Indonesian start-ups and four foreign start-ups from 200 applicants. Neneng said she was hopeful there would be more applicants this year.GVV was part of Grab’s Rp 3 trillion (US$212.321 million) investment in Indonesia last year during which Grab selected 10 start-ups to train.Five of the start-ups are involved in the empowerment of MSMEs, namely MyCash Online, PergiUmroh, Porter, Qoala and Tamasia, while the remaining — Treedots, GLife, Eragano, Sayurbox and Tanihub — are part of the emerging agriculture technology (agritech) industry that focuses on farmers.The third batch of the GVV is part of Grab’s $250 million investment commitment for Indonesia’s technology ecosystem through GVV and other Grab Ventures programs.center_img Read also: Gojek, Grab prices now included in inflation calculation as they ‘grow significantly’Nicko said the two parties were discussing funding the GVV through equity in the future.”BRI invested in two start-ups in the second batch of GVV and we will be more involved in this third batch.”Meanwhile, Grab Indonesia managing director Neneng Goenadi said the third GVV would focus on start-ups involved in small-scale food services, such as warung makan (small restaurants) and business-to-business (B2B) logistics.last_img read more