Project Xroads: Bridging the Generation Gap across Businesses

Posted on January 29, 2018
Posted by Jane Scobie
Fellowship: 2017

In August 2017 as part of my Clore Social fellowship, I embarked on a four-month sprint with a group of professionals working outside of their day jobs at Marks & Spencer and Unilever to prototype Project Xroads, an intergenerational support network and skills-sharing programme.

Building leaders

The programme was supported by Collectively, who bring together businesses, innovators, activists, facilitators and change makers to explore issues of inequality, and create action plans to address them. As a social sector leader, I wanted to work in the business sector to extend my leadership experience. There was a huge amount of energy and talent in the team - together we grew as leaders as we worked out how change could be achieved.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Collaboration; Diversity; Older populations; Partnerships; Third sector; Volunteering.

We are wired up to connect

Posted on September 27, 2017
Posted by Jane Scobie
Fellowship: 2017

My brain looks like this. It’s wired up to connect - just like yours! Humans live in communities and weave networks throughout their lives.  Given that we are wired up to connect I have often wondered why the organisations we create are so siloed, and organised by geography or function with little room for collaboration?

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Innovation; Leadership; Leadership development training.

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