Author: Jinan

Is this the time for ethics and business?

Last month Transport For London stripped Uber of its license because: “Uber’s approach and conduct demonstrate a lack of corporate responsibility”. While to many it came as a shock to strip the one of the most popular forms of transport from the UK’s capital, for others this was no surprise. In this economy, you’re not going to get far if you don’t mix ethics with business, Uber has been steadily attracting more and more heat from the public as each week a new story  about their abuse and evasion of the law hits the headlines. From obstructing regulations to...

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Do you want to Retreat to the Future?

We’re taking the theme here in a slightly more abstract manner. While we can physically step outdoors, how often to do step outside of our own comfort zones? And, what could possibly depict stepping outside our comfort zones more than a retreat..to the future?  I caught up with CEO of Sunday Assembly, Sanderson Jones, to talk about their two day retreat exploring personal growth mixed with karaoke, dancing and movement.   What is Sunday Assembly all about? We’re a worldwide community movement, trying to reinvent the congregational community in an inclusive, evidence based, and most of all, really fun...

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Offline Festival: unearthing the power of community

This month saw witness to a unique experience in the heart of the countryside: Offline Festival. Offline Festival brought together community businesses, social entrepreneurs, community projects, socially responsible corporate partners and friends and family in a 3 day event involving business-skill building, personal growth sessions, laughter therapy and insightful panel discussions. Our very own Esther Foreman busied herself with workshopping the crowd on how to build out their movements. I caught up with Nick Gardner, CEO of Project Dirt, about the event and the power of the outdoors:   Can you tell me what Project Dirt’s all about? We’re...

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HouseParty returned!

This month HouseParty returned! We took over the heart of the National Housing Federation conference with HouseParty’s little brother HouseParty’s teaparty. People gathered in their droves to talk cupcakes and mental health, digital transformation, indoor and outdoor resurrection, as well as get in their daily dose of exercise with an active party time. I caught up with Andrew Van Doorn, Chief Exec of HACT and co-founder of HouseParty about how the event went:   Tell me abit about why you set up HouseParty We set up HouseParty so we could provide a space for people in housing in wider...

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A Crowdfunding Masterclass with Stop Funding Hate

Stop Funding Hate is an organisation that campaigns advertisers to pull their advertising from papers that encourage hate, specifically The Sun and The Daily Mail and The Daily Express. In just one year, Stop Funding Hate have lobbied some of the biggest advertisers and have had some incredible wins, with Lego and the Body Shop ceasing to advertise in the Daily Mail. In February 2017, after realising that this campaign was becoming far too big to do in their spare time, Stop Funding Hate launched a crowdfunding campaign to get the organisation off the ground. In one month they...

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Crowdfunding 101 UK tour coming to a city near you

We’re proud to launch a UK tour of our fully funded Crowdfunding 101 training workshops in partnership with Hubbub Fundraising for Heads of Fundraising in the charity sector . If you’re interested in understanding the role of crowding in your fundraising and supporter engagement strategy as well as best practice in crowdfunding techniques, you can apply to attend our workshops in Cardiff, London, Edinburgh and Belfast, or you can sign up to stay tuned for future workshops near you. Spaces have kindly made possible by Hubbub, but they are limited. Apply now to avoid disappointment!  I want to apply For...

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A Movement Masterclass with The Reader

Over a decade ago, founder and director of The Reader, Jane Davis, brought a few people together in a library. They had gathered to read literature aloud, realising literature had the power to bring something to people that they didn’t even know they needed. Fast forward 10 years and we have The Reader  – a national network of readers who facilitate Shared Reading groups across communities. The aim of The Reader is to connect people to literature. Across the country, The Reader work with a range of people who experience a sense of isolation. From children in the care...

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HouseParty is BACK

HouseParty is back for 2017!   We will be taking over the heart of the National Housing Federation conference with HouseParty’s little brother the HouseParty’s TeaParty. The aim of HouseParty is to challenge, discuss and present the rising talent, organisations, ideas and innovation in UK housing and beyond.  It’s a free space to debate, explore, network, connect and innovate.   In June 2015, we held another hugely successful HouseParty event. Over 300 attendees came and went through the doors over the two-day event. A lot has changed in the housing sector since our last event. The Housing and Planning...

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