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Nonsense, common sense, super-sense

Posted on March 4, 2014
Posted by Andy Shipley
Fellowship: 2013

What the experiences of the visually impaired can teach us all

Most of us would agree that it is nonsense to persist with a society that does not allow everyone to participate and enjoy equal access to opportunities.  As a visually impaired person, much of my career has been dedicated to working at a structural level with government and institutions to create the conditions that enable all of us, including the most historically excluded, to access and participate in the mainstream.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Equality; Leadership; Service users; Third sector.

Play? Games? Leadership? Why?

Posted on February 1, 2014
Posted by Owen Jarvis
Fellowship: 2012

In July this year it will be two years since London hosted the spectacle of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, showcasing regeneration and promising a sporting legacy.

Games and play are important for social leaders.

Firstly, in the busy and often serious business of social leadership, games allow us to take time out, to absorb our attentions and relax.  They are a part of “looking after yourself”.  

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Innovation; Leadership.

What Oscar Wilde can teach you about resilience

Posted on January 31, 2014
Posted by Guest Blogger

Oscar Wilde wrote a heart-rending fairytale called The Happy Prince. In it, a swallow befriends the statue of a town's late prince. From his plinth, the Happy Prince sees his people suffering, and asks the swallow to help them, using the decoration from his statue. The ruby is taken from his sword hilt, the sapphires are plucked from his eyes, and the gold leaf covering his body is torn off by the swallow, to alleviate the plight of the poor. The Mayor walks by, and looks up. Seeing the now ugly statue, he orders it to be pulled down, and thrown away. 

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Coaching; Health and well-being; Leadership; Leadership development training.

Navigating the perfect storm with a monkey on my back

Posted on January 18, 2014
Posted by Stephanie Rose
Fellowship: 2014

I have been lucky enough to be selected as one of the 2014 Clore Social Fellows and it really feels like a door has opened to the start of an incredibly special journey. Our first day together was everything I had hoped for when I sat down to my application all those months ago, feeling the energy and passion amongst this amazing group of people. 

But there’s a monkey on my back – why did they select me?   

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Social enterprise.

Zip, Zap, Boinggggg! Gareth Dix on leadership improvisation

Posted on January 18, 2014
Posted by Gareth Dix
Fellowship: 2014

If I had realised that doing a boot camp in ‘learner-leadership’ would involve ‘zipping’, zapping’ and ‘boingggg-ing’ with people then I would have certainly embraced this whole thing years ago.

Then thinking about it, maybe I did embrace it years ago.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Health and well-being; Leadership.

Raising Girls' Aspirations in Manchester

Posted on November 14, 2013
Posted by Gail Lewis
Staff

Last week I was lucky enough to be asked to help out at the first day of the Salford Girls Reclaim Conference by 2013 Clore Social Fellow Ruth Ibegbuna, Chief Executive of Reclaim.  Reclaim is a youth charity that fosters teenage aspiration and channels their voice to raise their profile in their communities.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Diversity; Equality; Leadership; Youth sector.

Identifying and developing leadership potential

Posted on October 31, 2013
Posted by Mary Marsh
Staff

Over the past four years I have been looking for people with a commitment to making a difference in the world through social action. This week, the 2014 cohort has become part of the Clore Social Fellowship network, marking 83 fellows appointed in total. What is it in this very diverse group that has suggested their potential to develop significantly as social leaders?

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Tags: Chairs and CEOs; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Innovation; Leadership; Leadership development training; Social enterprise; Third sector.

A call for a new movement: social leadership and design thinking

Posted on September 16, 2013
Posted by Owen Jarvis
Fellowship: 2012

Social leaders need to think more like designers and designers need to think like social leaders.

That’s the view I’ve come to having immersed myself in the world of innovation and service design thinking for the past year as part of my Clore Social Leadership Fellowship.

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Innovation; Leadership; Social enterprise.

Courage, risk-taking and leadership

Posted on September 1, 2013
Posted by Anand Shukla
Fellowship: 2012

Leaders with a tendency to steer clear of risk-taking will have faced a tough time since the financial crisis of 2008. As many organisations in the UK charity sector have faced fundamental challenges of sustainability, an understandable human response is to keep your head down in order to survive. But such times require confident and bold leadership – both to survive and to thrive. Organisations that lead change during downturns will be best placed to benefit when the economy recovers. 

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Social change.

What about frontline pay?

Posted on August 8, 2013
Posted by Gail Lewis
Staff

Having worked at Clore Social Leadership for three months now it’s been of real interest to me to get such an overview of the social sector and those issues which are really of the moment. I find the discussion around chief executive pay particularly interesting, especially when the sector is facing such severe cuts in this time of austerity.  Through reading about it and debating it with colleagues and friends I’ve been thinking about the various justifications and vilifications that are commonly cited in the media, from both sides.

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Tags: Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Clore Social Leadership workshops; Finance; Leadership.

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