social change

Know Sugar Start Up Needs YOU

Know Sugar is the world’s first change agent for sugar. 

It is an idea currently at cross roads and I'm looking for a co-founder to take our idea to the next level.

We’ve done the ground work by creating a refined concept, we’ve proved the need and the market and now it’s time for you to turn this idea into a business. Incase you missed it I shared the top 10 things I learned building the prototype over here. 

Download the details of this opportunity here. I can't wait to talk to you!

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a little more focus on being human

Last week I attended  The Peter Bates Lecture People or policy? How to bring about social change:

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"Good leadership at every level is the key to bringing about real social change within communities. Susan Deacon, Professor of Social Change at Queen Margaret University, will discuss this, and other factors effecting social change at the Peter Bates Lecture.

The Lecture, jointly hosted by the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside, will take place at the University of Dundee’s Dalhousie Building at 6pm on Wednesday, September 23rd.Professor Deacon, former MSP and Minister for Health and Community Care, will examine the influences effecting progressive social change in Scotland. She will examine whether government policy or community-level initiatives are more powerful drivers of social change.

In particular, she will discuss a failure to take account of the importance of leadership at every level in our communities, and suggest that we need to give more recognition to the power of individuals to bring about social change."

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It worries me that myself and my old design studies tutor, who I spotted across the room, were the only people in the entire lecture hall taking notes...

I was very excited about the way Susan spoke about the human condition and truly listening to people, claiming the NHS had 'lost the plot and lost sight of what it means to be a person'. But there was no real conclusion as to how to achieve this - her ending phrase was ' we can make the world a better place by encouraging each other'. I'm not convinced. That's not enough is it?

Get real, do loops with Participle

Participle's loops of experiences has grown up to become LOOPS.

Young people are joining our team as catalysts and experience agents. Catalysts will work with local organisations and businesses to create new experiences for young people, whereas agents will evaluate the quality of the experiences and give us feedback.

LOOPS will be up and running at small scale in July and August with about 20 young people and 5 families, in Brighton and Croydon. In this way we hope to learn how to make it work for real. And how to make it better!

Last weeks we did a lesson in year 7, 9 and 10 in a school in Brighton to get feedback on our ideas and the way of presenting them. We’ve made this quick film to give a flavour of what LOOPS is about:

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Social Innovation Camp is coming to Scotland

The Social Innovation Camp is coming to Scotland! The Social Innovation Camp is an experiment in using social technology for social change. door

"From Friday 19th to Sunday 21st June 2009 at the Saltire Centre in Glasgow, we’ll be attempting our usual trick and bringing together some of the best of the UK’s software developers and designers, together with those at the sharp end of social change. They’ll have just 48 hours to build some web-based solutions to a set of social problems - from back-of-the-envelope idea to working prototype, complete with software.

But first off, we start with a call for ideas: we want to find the most exciting ideas for how the web could change stuff that really matters. You can enter your idea when our call opens on the 30th March. And remember you don’t need to be based in Scotland to get involved.

We’ve got a new part of our website dedicated to Social Innovation Camp Scotland where you can read all about how it’s going to work over here."

I am going to be in Berlin working with T-labs over those dates! Disappointed! Still very exciting this will be going on so close to home :)