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Weeknotes 42(9th — 13th September)

The big news from our team this week is the two new members — Melissa starts on October 1st and Phoebe 3 weeks later.

Meet Melissa

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Meet Phoebe

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What we’ve been doing

On Monday I spent the morning in a ‘Data for the public good’ ecosystem workshop hosted by DCMS, who are scoping out their strategy. There were two parts to the session — the first was an attempt to capture the different actors involved in the data ecosystem, understand how they collaborate, the types of data use, the role of standards and the flow of funding. The second was to open up the room to discuss the foundations of an efficient data for good ecosystem, barriers and how government can support. I was glad to be in the room — the only Foundation in the room — and representing civil society, alongside DataKind UK.

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The Nesta roundtable, where I got to finally meet Carolyn from the Corra Foundation in person!
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Beth and her Common Purpose cohort.
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What we’re learning

I am now in Canada, on Wasan Island (which is next to an island called Cassie!) with a group of other people who work in Foundations. It’s a 4 day retreat organised by SIX as part of their Funders Node, and there are people from all over the world here. It’s such a privilege to be able to learn and reflect with people on the theme of the weekend — the role of risk and legitimacy in philanthropy. It feels like a very timely topic, both for the Foundation community and for me personally. Aren’t all of us with privilege asking how we can act with more urgency and radicality right now?

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  • How do you create environments where risk is seen as an asset?
  • How can we collectively take on bigger risks?
  • In our positions of privilege, how can we amplify self-imposed risks as a way of being more radical and more urgent?
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The moon last night — looking forward to the full moon tomorrow!

What we’re celebrating

Obviously there’s lots to celebrate with Melissa and Phoebe joining the team. I also want to give a shout out to the Flourishing Diversity summit that was happening in London at the start of this week. I managed to attend a few of the evening Listening Sessions and followed the activity on social media — it felt like such an important, timely and extraordinary thing to have happened, and to feel all that indigenous wisdom filling our ears and hearts. Thank you to the organisers and I’d really recommend reading their report too.

Written by

Senior Head, UK Portfolio at The National Lottery Community Fund & Co-founder of the Point People. Previously Strategic Design Director at Doteveryone.

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