Type of Fellowship: Specialist
Year of Fellowship: 2016
Resilient Economies Fellowship supported by Friends Provident Foundation
Matthew McStravick is the founder and CEO of Echo. Supported by Friends Provident Foundation, Nesta and the London Legacy Development Corporation, Echo has established a flourishing skills marketplace of people, charities, start-ups and corporates - all using its currency, the Echo, where every hour traded is worth one Echo. This hard-wired equality leads to the rapid development of bonds across communities and sectors, based on more than commercial interests.
Following a life-changing road accident in 2008, Matthew left a career in the music industry to work in the social sector, initially as a volunteer at Headway East London. He is particularly interested in the core economy: activity and systems that provide the resilience, stability and relationships needed to underpin our precarious financial economy. Echo is an example of this.
Matthew is a founding director of Sharing Economy UK, sits on the government's Sharing Economy Action Group and is a director of Stroud Community Agriculture, a co-operative farm that provides food for the 200 local families who own it. He regularly speaks and writes about the sharing economy and the future of money.
Current principal role: Full time Clore Social Fellow
Current principal organisation: Echo Ventures CIC
Other leadership role 1: CEO
Other organisation 1: Echo
Other leadership role 2: Founding Director
Other organisation 2: Sharing Economy UK
Other leadership role 3: Trustee
Other organisation 3: Stroud Community Agriculture