Finding common ground through collaboration

Posted on July 26, 2017
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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
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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
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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.

The Grenfell Tower volunteers showed us real leadership

Posted on June 28, 2017
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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
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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.

How hip-hop culture is cultivating authentic leaders in East Africa

Posted on April 19, 2017
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Daina Leigh is Global Conversation Catalyst for the Bavubuka Foundation and founder of fashion social enterprise Fabric of Life.

Word – Sound – Power is the belief in the power of the vibrations within speech and music to impact the world directly, for better or worse. The power of voice, and its capacity to inspire and initiate change, are central to the practice of the young indigenous hip-hop practitioners that I have had the privilege of working with as part of my role as Global Conversation Catalyst with the Bavubuka (youth) Foundation in East Africa.

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Community development; International; Leadership; Youth sector.

I believe: The trouble with confirmation bias

Posted on March 13, 2017
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Jo Youle is the CEO of Missing People, a charity that offers a lifeline to the 250,000 people who run away and go missing each year in the UK.

I don’t like making mistakes. I don’t think many of us do. I don’t like getting things wrong since I’m the sort of person who works hard to get things right. I’m pre-programmed to think round corners, to not let the wool be pulled over my eyes.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Leadership; Social justice; Third sector.

Leadership: Holding boundaries

Posted on March 6, 2017
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Julia Worthington MinstF(Dip) is a Fundraising Leadership Coach and Mentor based in the north of England. Find out more about her here.

Here’s a quick quiz question. It’s Friday night, and you’re just putting your coat on when your boss comes in, and asks you to stay late to finish a report. You’ve made plans to go out for dinner with your family. How do you respond?

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Tags: Clore Social Associates; Leadership; Leadership development training.

Charities need to stop pretending they are transparent

Posted on February 24, 2017
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Matt Stevenson-Dodd is the Chief Executive of Street League, UK’s leading sport for employment charity, and has been recently selected by The Guardian as one of the top charity CEO’s on social media. Matt is a guest speaker on the Clore6: Youth Sector Emerging Leaders Programme on 8 March.

The problem for charities with transparency is simple. Driven by a scarcity of funding, we feel compelled to tell ever more hard-hitting stories about the beneficiaries we serve rather than balancing this storytelling with hard facts about the actual impact we achieve (or don’t). 

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Tags: Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Impact; Leadership; Third sector; Youth sector.

The five challenges of asking, 'how am I doing?'

Posted on February 22, 2017
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Andreana Drencheva is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield where she helps social entrepreneurs to develop entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities.

“How am I doing?” and “How can I do better?” are two simple, yet powerful questions for social leaders. Using these two questions to seek feedback from diverse individuals is a fundamental strategy for social leaders.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Collaboration; Leadership; Leadership development training; Social change; Third sector.

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