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Better Nature

Still under development and likely to launch in early 2019, Better Nature aims to place nature and natural resources at the centre of emerging efforts to redesign our social, economic and political systems, to ensure the continued wellbeing of humanity on a healthy and thriving planet. It will do this by analysing and identifying new thinking and innovations that have the potential to reposition the natural world as the nexus of the redesigned systems that are collectively needed to pull humanity back from its current predicament. Once identified, Better Nature will act as a mobilisation platform to deploy the most promising of these innovations, working with keystone actors to realise their potential with unprecedented scale and spread. The purpose...

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Capacity Building and Support

I provide capacity building and support to a range of organisations and individuals focused on developing solutions that are proportionate to the environmental and social challenges facing us. Current theme, common to many of the organisations I’m engaged with, are around improving communications and engagement, identifying and securing funding and strategy within complex systems.

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Bringing GreenWave to the UK

GreenWave is an award winning US-based organisation that has developed an Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) model through sustainably farming a variety of ocean produce.[1] Through CIVA, I have partnered with GreenWave to launch this innovative model across the UK. The model is currently being operated by farmers and local communities successfully in 25 locations on both coasts in the US, and has caught the attention of chefs, food processors and retailers, the media and, most importantly, prospective farmers and local communities. Examples of media interest in GreenWave can be found here. Details of GreenWave’s partners can be found here. Founder Bren Smith’s TED talk can be viewed here. The 2013 New Yorker article that triggered much of the subsequent...

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Planet Tracker

From October 2017 to June 2018 I was project lead for Planet Tracker, focused on undertaking a feasibility study to transpose the Carbon Tracker methodology to other areas of human activity, which are causing significant breaches of environmental limits and mapping the associated financial implications of overstepping these ecological limits.

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Fish Tracker

From June 2016 to June 2018 I was project lead for the Fish Tracker, an initiative aiming to align capital markets with sustainable fisheries management. Built on the work of the Carbon Tracker Initiative, Fish Tracker investigates the role that financial institutions play in financing the trade in global fisheries, with a view to supporting investors becoming more aware of the inherent risks in this activity.

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The Gathering

I led the production and curation of an invitation only event for circa 120 of the UK’s most active social investors, titled The Gathering. The client, and organising committee, is a combination of The Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Access – the Foundation for Social Investment, Big Society Capital, Triodos Bank and Resonance Ltd.

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The Power to Change Peer Networks Programme

I assisted the Power to Change in establishing a new £750,000 fund providing a combination of grants and peer support to assist the development of peer to peer programmes working across the community business sector. Over the course of about 18 months I undertook the research the fund was built on, and then developed criteria and systems for its successful functioning. I then assisted with the appointment of a third party manager to run the find and the associated Community of Practice.

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Online Health Communities

Online health communities and the ecology of platforms that now surround patients are an important and developing force in shaping healthcare. In 2015 Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity together with the Health Foundation commissioned Paul Hodgkin and myself to review the barriers facing and opportunities offered by online health communities. The results of this work can be seen here.

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Flip Finance

Flip Finance was a small collaborative that developed a range of investee-led approaches to social investment creation, making it more accessible, attuned and responsive to the needs of Social Sector Organisations, and to transform more widely the way in which social investment products and services get designed and delivered. Check out the Flip Finance website for more information.

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Foundational Thinking

Foundational Thinking was an initiative that aimed to go back to basics to explore how foundations could contribute to revolutionising the ecosystem of finance and support for charities and social enterprises. The project explored the ways in which grant-making foundations – both public and private – can innovate and adapt to better serve the needs of the organisations they support and ultimately communities and beneficiaries.

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CIVA Invests

The Centre for Innovation in Voluntary Action (CIVA) is a charity and company that was set up in 1995 by Michael Norton and was chaired from its inception, until his death in 2014, by the lawyer Stephen Lloyd. In 2017 CIVA received a million pound+ donation to extend its existing social investment activities. I helped develop everything that was needed to bring this new fund to life.  

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Stephen Lloyd Awards

Since his untimely death in 2014 I have been assisting BWB LLP and their charitable incorporated organisation, BWB CIO, in the development and management of the Stephen Lloyd Awards, an annual award that supports early stage social projects that have real potential to achieve practical, sustainable social change.

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Marmalade

I conceived of, developed and have run Marmalade (formerly OxfordJam), the fringe to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Run since 2010 it provides an informal dynamic, free and open-access fringe event to Skoll, bringing leading entrepreneurs and activists with huge experience into conversation with those who had less experience, but no less passion.  

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Sarah Dodds Fund

Since her death in June 2008, I have, alongside Sarah’s sister – Rachel Dodds, been managing a fund of £100,000 that we raised in memory of Sarah.  The fund makes small social investments on an annual basis and currently has an active portfolio of investments.

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Hackney Pirates

In 2010 through 2012 I assisted the founder, Catriona Maclay, from conception, through development and pilot to launch of Hackney Pirates, which is probably the UK’s most innovative and impactful out-of-school-education provider.

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Blue Ventures

Over the course of five years I worked with Blue Ventures, the award winning marine conservation organisation, to develop their global strategy, assisted their winning the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Challenge (2013) and the Skoll Award (2015) and served as a trustee (2011 – 2012).

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Shared Assets

In 2011 I co-founded Shared Assets, a new organisation championing social enterprise delivery of urban and rural regeneration through the management of environmental assets. I continue to maintain an advisory role after moving from an executive to a non-executive function during 2013 and then stepping down from the board in 2014..

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Consulting Projects

I continue to work for a range of clients delivering consulting projects using a Systems Psychodynamics approach. Clients I have recently completed work for include a major London housing association, a charity working in the homelessness sector and a small retail social enterprise.

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London CRN

Between 2000 and 2006 I founded and grew London Community Recycling Network (London CRN, with the RE now turned from Recycling to Resource) to 16 staff members and a turnover of £850,000; was instrumental in securing over £85 million of funding for the sector; supporting social enterprises to secure nine large-scale public sector contracts totalling more than £35 million p.a. turnover; and leading the start-up of six large-scale new Community Recycling providers, each with year one turnovers of between £600,000 and £1million.

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Ashoka

From 2006 to 2009 I was responsible for all aspects of Ashoka’s work in the UK, establishing the office, raising in excess of USD$5 million from the UK’s business and finance community and providing support to more than 150 international social entrepreneurs resulting in numerous substantial financial and capacity building outcomes.

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Bigger Boat

Big, intractable problems need inventive, multi-faceted solutions. Bigger Boat worked with change agents across sectors to support them to better understand – and act collectively to address – these big, intractable problems of our time. Bigger Boat combined an understanding of design thinking, psychology and systems and organisational dynamics, with practical, community-led support to incubate and launch real-world solutions to these problems. Bigger Boat ran from 2014 – 2017.

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OxfordJam

In 2010 I instigated OxfordJam, the fringe to the Skoll World Forum to provide the U.K. with greater access to world-class actors in the social enterprise sector. Today OxfordJam is established and important part of the social enterprise ecosystem in the UK and internationally. In 2015 we transformed OxfordJam into Marmalade. It’s still coarse cut, and spread evenly…

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Impact Assets

During 2011 and 2012 I led the R&D efforts of ImpactAssets, (the US’s only 100% impact investment focused donor advised fund) to replicate in the UK and Europe.  Funded by Nesta the objective was to create a new Donor Advised Fund to disrupt the estimated £3 – £3.5 billion under management in DAFs in the UK and begin to move this mass of capital towards investments designed to deliver significant social impact. Ultimately the project did not succeed due to the substantial inertia across philanthropic assets under management. The business plan and background research is available for inspection should any organisation wish to investigate the possibilities of setting up a new DAF in the UK or Europe.

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Social Capital Markets

I was the Creative Director for SOCAP, the San Francisco based international impact investing conference series during 2012. In the fifth year of the event I led the content team as well as much of the production. I decided to step away from SOCAP, and the associated amazing life in San Francisco, in favour of completing my studies at The Tavistock Centre.

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Artha Venture Challenge

Throughout 2013 and up until August 2014 I devised and then led the delivery of the Artha Venture Challenge, an investment competition for social ventures in India. Funded by Rianta Capital, a London based family office, AVC’s aimed to catalyse social investment into key sectors across India by fostering collaboration across investors and in so doing improve investment terms for social ventures.  In year one we invested almost USD $500,000 into nine organisations, and with this leveraged an additional circa USD $2 million of investment. I handed the second year of AVC over to the India based social investment pioneers Villgro in September 2014.

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Barefoot Acupuncturists

Throughout 2013 and 2014 I supported Barefoot Acupuncturists as their pro bono Development Director.  Barefoot Acupuncturists’ vision is to offer an efficient and affordable medicine to society’s poorest and least fortunate.  I assisted their building the organisational infrastructure that will allow this vision to become reality.

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