One of the things that has brought me most unhappiness in the last year or so has been the tension between wanting to do what feels important for the work, versus my preference to be at the edge of things and more under the radar. Anyone that’s known me since before I was a ‘funder’ will know that I never did public speaking, I was highly connected in a vast network, but more underground —…
Anything that looks to improve the practices of foundations is A Good Thing in my book, so I was really interested to read about this new piece of work which will rate the performance of UK grant-making foundations on their accountability, transparency and diversity, being led by Friends Provident Foundation. I also appreciate that they are looking for input, so I guess this blog post is mine. I will do the survey, but wanted to share openly too because … transparency!
These are the things I’d like to see, based on my personal experience of being a grant seeker and…
Thursday the 13th May I was driving my car along a country road in Suffolk and a motorcyclist came around a bend, lost control of his bike, veered across onto the other side of the road, into my windscreen, and then somersaulted about 20 feet down the road. Amazingly, he’s okay — on the afternoon itself, as he was taken off in the ambulance, we weren’t so sure he would be.
I was lucky that my airbag inflated (I didn’t even know I had one and everyone should check that they have), and that the motorbike burst my tyre on…
I’ve been thinking a lot about grantmaking as a practice, and in particular what kinds of practices we need to steward what Arundhati Roy talks of here — “Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.”
Next week I’ll be publishing a set of resources that build on the blog post I wrote 18 months ago, and that are part of the materials I’m co-developing for a new creative grantmaking programme at Goldsmiths.
My Weeknote’s definitely came to a halt at the end of last year. Partly because of having so little time and space, partly because it’s felt much better to be quiet for a while. I’ve also hit a bit of a wall these last few weeks — have found it hard to do any work — have tried to rest, and then wondered if actually writing this might be helpful in giving me my compass for the next few months. It’s part looking back, and part looking forward.
I’m not sure what rhythm I’ll end up in going forward but…
On the 16th February we’ll be kicking off a series of Open Enquiries that link to our Civil Society Approach, looking to build a shared view of how communities and wider civil society can thrive.
These enquiries are for anyone working on, with, and in civil society or their local community. They’re designed for people who are willing to bring experience, knowledge, ideas and a sense of curiosity to the table.
We’ll be hosting the Open Enquiries twice a week, in Miro. Each session will broach, unpick and deepen our understanding of a particular theme — we’ll introduce you to…
I didn’t do an end of year blog for the first time in a long time. Partly because I felt a need for stillness and quiet , a time to go inward with my reflections on the year. And partly because I didn’t want to put anything out into the world at a time when there’s so many other things that need space for expression — loss, rage, pain, fear, mourning, and so much more.
I have felt more compelled to share where I am as I move forward into this new year, coming out of my mini hibernation, and…
Yesterday evening I sent out an email to our 52 Emerging Futures Fund grantees. I thought I’d share it here too, because it talks to some of the ways we’re thinking about growing the work this year.
You can read about all the Emerging Futures initiatives here. And this blog post gives a helpful overview of the programme and its intent.
I hope that you are doing as well as possible in these times ❤️
This is a personal email from me, and sits alongside the other emails you may be getting from the wider team about sharing…
Designing for regenerative cultures and organisational endings.
When we published the first iteration of the Stewarding Loss work in early November, we knew there was a lot there. It was a large body of work in terms of research and content. Earlier this month we hosted an event specifically to talk through the different tools in more detail, in the hope we could help start to unpack them, gather feedback on them and see them being put in to practice.
Here is the video of the event. We hope it’s useful.
We’ve also updated the Stewarding Loss website with…
We’ve got a lot of new people joining or working with the UK Portfolio, which is great, both in terms of bringing in new thinking but also it means that there are more people to do the work!
Maddy has joined to work some of the week on the Climate Action Fund and some of the week on our policy and practice work.
Ashar is going to be working closely with Hannah generating evidence, learning and insights across our Participatory Grantmaking experiments.
Deputy Director at National Lottery Community Fund, Co-founder of the Point People, Policy Fellow IIPP, Founder Stewarding Loss, International Futures Forum.