Interviews with inspiring people doing innovative things. Recordings were made during the Covid crisis, so some of the videos suffered from having low bandwidth: for best quality please listen to or download the audio files.
Resilience, Learning and Partnership!
Shumela Ahmed, Managing Director of Resilience Learning Partnership, tells the uplifting story of 'Crafty Kids' survival boxes, an innovative response to Covid-19 providing families with free packs to inspire creativity and play.
Steven Marwick, Director of Evaluation Support Scotland, shares positive tips for using evaluation for learning and improvement, addressing Covid-19 but also taking a broader look at organisational learning.
Khalida Hussain, Oral Health Community Challenge Fund Manager from Scottish Government's Dentistry Division, on how Challenge Funds unlock innovation, serve communities better and inform policy. A valuable example of a systems-level intervention of the kind described in the book 'Making a Lasting Difference'.
Professor Martin Christopher has been a leading thinker in marketing and supply chain management for over 30 years. Here he shares inspiring, provocative ideas relevant to charities, funders and commissioners:
The importance of relationships in procurement and commissioning; the role of suppliers in innovation; where competitive advantage comes from. And crucially, how to identify and manage high-value, high cost customers (i.e. most of your main funders!).
The value of learning and relationships in funding. Elaine Wilson, Head of Learning and Development at Corra Foundation, joined one of our workshops to reflect from a funder's perspective on: learning from communities and lived experience; The why and how of relationships between funders and funded organisations; exit strategies from funding; and sustainable impact. Elaine shares her own views but also examines wider trends in UK funding, anticipating what might lie ahead in a post-pandemic world.
Creativity, sustainability and the power of metaphor
Dr John Miers is an expert in how meaning is conveyed through visual motifs and metaphors. It's why we asked him to provide our core graphics and icons many years ago! In this conversation, we explore the meaning behind some of the main images we use. John also draws interesting parallels between the creative process and third sector funding, commissioning and sustainability.
This guide was developed with Shared Care Scotland to help short break providers become more sustainable. But it will be relevant to others too, as it features valuable resources for sustaining organisations, projects and impact.
Our special new guide to sustainable leadership. Clear principles and straightforward practices with comprehesive guidance on succession planning; lateral leadership; next generation leadership; self-care; and leadership as a feminist and equalities issue.
A summary of the themes explored and learning generated during the 'Unplugged' leadership retreat in June 2015. Topics include coping with uncertainty; sustainability; relationships and getting your 'oomph' back! Lots of practical tips, resources and links to explore.
The notes from our second biennial leadership retreat, on the theme of 'time and space': How to make imperfect things happen; know your limits; step into who you want to be and manage relationships. Watch the companion video via our News page or YouTube channel.