Type of Fellowship: General
Year of Fellowship: 2011
Update April 2011
It has been so satisfying to find that being a Clore Social Fellow can be an intensive and demanding experience, but with plenty of opportunity for reflection and planning. I realised at the end of 2010, after the initial workshops and meetings that it would be fantastic to give my full attention to the programme so I chose to take up my Fellowship full time.
At the end of February, I began my secondment at the NSPCC where I’m working with the Strategy and Development team to set up new services for children aged one and under across the UK. This new programme of work aims to bring early intervention to life in their work to prevent the maltreatment of children. I’m learning a great deal, much of which I would not have anticipated.
In the meantime, I continue to meet with my coach, concentrating on my overall goals for the programme and specific areas where I want to think through the best approaches such as handling conflict. I also meet regularly with an inspiring mentor who leads a large children’s charity and have become a mentor myself.
I’ve been devoting some time to hooking up with people with whom I want to stay in touch during this year, and networking through such activities as becoming an ippr Associate Fellow. I’ve taken three short courses in strategy, conflict and presentation. In July, I’m off to the Harvard Kennedy School to take their course on leadership in the 21stCentury.
I’m using my research project to explore new ways of influencing change. I’m planning to make a short film based on the earliest experiences of babies born to poor families. I want to use this film as a provocation for debate about how the social sector responds to the need for early intervention. I want to better understand the role of film in generating debate and influencing change, and I’ve been meeting with film makers and social media experts to start this process.
Through these steps I’ve been able to find a clearer sense of my priorities for my own future in the social sector and know that I want to focus my energy on promoting real change in the lives of the most disadvantaged families here and overseas.
Current principal role: Head of Strategy
Current principal organisation: NSPCC
Research: The Emotional Tipping Point: Can documentary film 'tip' policy makers?
Research topics: Campaigning; Media; Policy;
Secondment host: NSPCC