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The value of lived experience in social change

Posted on August 3, 2017
Posted by Baljeet Sandhu
Fellowship: 2014

Clore Social Fellow Baljeet Sandhu has published a report examining if, and how, social purpose organisations in the United Kingdom value lived expertise. 

The Value of Lived Experience in Social Change shines a light on the social sector’s attitude towards, and engagement with, so-called service users and beneficiaries. Written as part of Sandhu’s Clore Social Fellowship, it was informed through conversations with eighty social sector leaders in the UK and US and twelve senior staff working in grant-giving and philanthropy.

The report unpicks the structures and implicit biases that reinforce a culture which undervalues the knowledge and expertise of those with lived experience and calls for a fundamental shift in attitudes. It also highlights the huge benefits that developing leaders with lived experience can have, both to social purpose organisations and civil society as a whole.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Leadership; Leadership development training; Social change.

New to Management: Designing a solution to support new managers

Posted on August 1, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

This blog was written by a group of 2016 Clore6: Youth Fellows who, as part of the programme, worked on a team challenge around ‘people development’.

Managing people is a huge responsibility, it can be a minefield of processes and overwhelming information, all of which is often shaped by your own experience of being managed.

In undertaking the first Clore6: Youth programme we were set a challenge to address a key leadership issue in the youth sector – people development. How do we get the best out of the most important resource in our sector, our people?

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Tags: Change management; Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Youth Sector Leaders Programme; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector; Youth sector.

Finding common ground through collaboration

Posted on July 26, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

2017 Clore Social Fellows Stuart Dexter and Joanna McCreadie share their reflections about the commonalities and differences between their organisations, and their plans to collaborate.

And so it came to pass, four intrepid explorers finished their board meeting and set off to cross the border in search of a half decent curry and some ideas of how to integrate animals into their work.  The coalescing of like-minds felt like the start of something bigger, inspiring all involved to dare to aim high.  But we are getting ahead of ourselves, let’s go back to the beginning…

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Tags: Chief Executives; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Collaboration; Leadership; Third sector.

Leading Assets Together.

Posted on July 25, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Colin Falconer is Director of InspireChilli, an innovation consultancy.

Asset-based philosophy has an Aristotle-like emphasis on the ‘what’ we should develop in order to build a ‘good life’. I believe doing more than react to or prevent disadvantage is something that can help invigorate our social leadership.

‘Asset-based’ means embracing capability and shifting the focus from what is lacking to what is working – from Strengths-based Practice and Asset-Based Community Development, to Appreciative Inquiry, the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework and Advantaged Thinking.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Associates; Collaboration; Innovation; Leadership; Service users; Social change; Third sector; Values.

Connecting in an increasingly social world an essential skill for social leaders

Posted on July 18, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

This blog was written jointly by Claire Haigh and Julia Wolfendale from Collaborate Out Loud. Together they create social spaces for public service innovation.  

We live in a social world, a world where we are surrounded by technology that allows us to communicate and connect like never before. Successful social leaders are able to authentically and skilfully use not just the digital tools at their fingertips, but to also bring people together to form communities that can make a difference in the places we live.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Leadership; Social change.

Social justice is not the preserve of the social sector

Posted on July 12, 2017
Posted by Shaks Ghosh
Staff

Increasing awareness of civic duty is a core aim of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation report, Rethinking Relationships: Phase One of the Inquiry into the Civic Role of Arts Organisations.

Society has become fragmented – a lot of the things that used to bring us together don’t exist anymore. We have reached a point in society where our relationship with our phones and technology often subsume our personal relationships, both with each other and within our communities.

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Tags: Arts & culture; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Leadership; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Community development; Equality; Leadership; Social change; Social justice.

Insights from a Forces in Mind Trust Specialist Clore Social Fellow

Posted on July 11, 2017
Posted by Elizabeth George
Fellowship: 2017

One could argue that the military charity sector is bursting with great leaders...Highly ranked, well known individuals who have done extraordinary things, under extreme circumstances and achieved the traditional trappings of heroic leadership in the process.

Many of these great men and women have had full careers leading Service people, and now lead the organisations that serve those self same Service people and their families.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Leadership development training; Military.

The Grenfell Tower volunteers showed us real leadership

Posted on June 28, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Vyla L. Rollins is a member of our Board of Trustees and Executive Director at the London Business School's Leadership Institute

Many individuals, myself included, are still processing the events emerging from Grenfell Tower on 14th June, which has been reported as the deadliest fire in Britain for more than a century. Given the uncertainty already created by other political and terrorist events in the past six months, the Grenfell Tower fire has added to the sorrow, loss and feeling of ambiguity already sinking into the heart and souls of many in the UK, and beyond.

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Tags: Board of Trustees; Charity; Citizenship; Clore Social Leadership; Leadership; Social change; Volunteering.

Ethical Leadership: Is the outcome more important than the means?

Posted on June 27, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

David Green is director of Green Pepper Consulting, a social enterprise working with the third sector.  

In the corporate world, ethics and success are not always synonymous. If they were, then we wouldn’t have activists such as Naomi Klein, or organisations like Greenpeace. But it isn’t just big oil or multinational mining companies that should be concerned with ethics.

Indeed, I recall the furore in 2013 when Comic Relief were found, at the time, to be investing in the likes of tobacco and armaments.

The fact remains that with a constant pressure to deliver, it can be tempting to push ethics aside. The outcome, it seems, then becomes more important than the means.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Leadership; Leadership; Social enterprise; Values.

Homelessness is Caused by a Mental Health Condition...Ours

Posted on June 26, 2017
Posted by Athol Halle
Fellowship: 2016

This blog introduces Athol Halle's full provocation piece which he developed as part of his Clore Social Leadership 2016 Fellowship. Download it here. 

Are we in denial about homelessness? The facts are out there - homelessness kills you. The average of death of a rough sleeper in England is 47, with one person dying whilst sleeping on the streets of London every two weeks.

Homelessness is growing. The number of people sleeping on our streets more than doubling since 2010.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Housing; Social justice; Third sector.

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