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Innovation Prizes

The 2020 Clore Social Innovation Prizes

Here at Clore Social we believe that a spirit of innovation is at the heart of the social sector. What are we if not a community of people who saw problems and challenges in the world and set out to find solutions? This is why in 2020 we are super excited to announce 12 months of innovation prizes that will celebrate the amazing problem solving skills of our sector.

Each month, Clore Social will throw out a problem to be solved, a wicked challenge for our amazing community to get their teeth into. We want to harness your creativity to tackle, motivation, funding, data and more.

The best idea from each month will win £200 and their solution will be shared out across the Clore Social digital channels.

How does it work?

We’ll let you know each month when the challenge question is announced by email and by posting in the Clore Socal Forum Facebook group - so make sure you are signed up to both. You’ll then have until the end of the month to post your idea up in the “Innovation prizes” topic on the Forum. While you are there, check out everyone else’s amazing ideas, give some likes, start a discussion and be inspired by the ideas that are there.

Once we've had a chance to see everyone's brilliant ideas we’ll decide on our monthly winner through a combination of the community interaction and a panel of experts.

January - How might we spark motivation?

We all know that the late winter months can be a difficult time. The excitement of Christmas and New Year are behind us but the days are still short and grey. It can be a time when excitement about work drops and people seem to be just battling through to the spring. So we thought what better time than right now to harness the creativity of our community to think about the challenge of motivation.

So often leaders think of motivation as something to be done to teams. Something that leadership is totally responsible for. Something that comes from the top. But what if we flip this? What if rather than asking how leaders can motivate staff we instead ask how leaders can support staff to find their own motivations - how we spark motivation in others.

What if we think about the tools, processes and even permissions people need to find their motivation? How do we as leaders create these things and what do they look like in real-world settings? This is where you come in.

What we want you to do

Over the next two weeks, we want your best ideas for how we might spark motivation in people. We want to hear about your ideas for techniques, resources, activities or anything else you can think of. Don’t worry your ideas don’t need to be totally thought out, tested or prototyped. We are just looking for those initial thoughts and ideas that have the potential to be great.

Once you’ve got an idea simply go to the Clore Social Forum Facebook group and post it under the topic “Innovation prizes” to share it with the whole community.

As always the best idea will be awarded £200 and will be shared with all the Clore Social community.

Submit your idea via typeform

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A little inspiration to get you started


  • Can we enter as a group?

There is no problem entering as a group but you will need to designate someone to post on behalf of the group.

  • Do I have to be a Fellow?

The innovation prizes are for our community of alumni, to be eligible you must have completed or currently be taking part in one of the Clore Social Leadership programmes.

  • How are ideas judged?

The monthly winner is decided by combining the interactions (likes, comments & discussion) on the Clore Social Forum Facebook group and the comments of our expert panel. The panel for each prize will be different and is selected based on how their expertise relates to the monthly challenge.

  • Can I enter from outside the UK?

We accept entries from all over the world but please note that prize money can only be paid into a UK bank account.

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