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Posts about asset-based community development and tech for good

Pauline Roche

9 things you need to know about Hacks

Hacks are a new way for the third sector of approaching challenging social issues, by working in teams with people from different sectors and by harnessing technology - here's some insights from our experiences of them

What is a hack/hackathon? Hackathons, or to use the more well-known abbreviation, ‘Hacks’, are a fairly new concept to most people in the UK third sector. Originating in the software development industry, hacks are events where people from different backgrounds and sectors choose to get together with others, or are encouraged to come together, to work […]

Tech Talks And Tips From YouTube: Net Squared Midlands, 16th Jan 2017: Storify

First Net Squared Midlands meetup of 2017 and we're looking at learning from YouTube

The 2nd largest Search Engine in the world, YouTube processes more than 3 billion searches a month. 100 hours of video are uploaded every minute. We spent some time at the beginning of this Net Squared Midlands meetup talking about how we search YouTube using filters etc, and then co-organiser Pauline shared some short ‘How to’ […]

Inspiring Fifty: Europe 2017 award winner

Our MD, Pauline Roche, has been listed as one of the 50 most inspiring female influencers, entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics and policy makers from across Europe.

          The best and brightest women in technology in Europe in 2017 are listed here in alphabetical order. Because they are all true role models. Inspiring Fifty is an not-for-profit that aims to increase diversity in technology by making female role models more visible. Recent ground breaking research by Microsoft shows […]

Outstanding Contribution to Technology award winner

RnR MD wins a West Midlands Women of the year award 2016

We are celebrating! Our Managing Director, Pauline Roche, won the award for Outstanding Contribution to technology at the 2016 West Midlands Women of the Year Awards held on Friday November 11th at the Novotel Birmingham on Broad St. Pauline is an information science professional specialising in community building, outreach and developing better processes for the […]

Digital skills: looking at the data – Part One

Part one of two posts which look at some data on online and digital skills in the UK population

This post is Part One of two posts: Part One looks at some data on online and digital skills in the UK population as a whole and Part Two will look specifically, at 2 regions of England (West Midlands and East Midlands) where we are working with some people in smaller charities and some people […]

Tech for social impact and CSR

Tech companies and VCS organisations building mutually beneficial relationships

Tech companies and Corporate social responsibility All people in tech companies want to improve the lives of their stakeholders, and this can include helping organisations in the charitable or voluntary and community sector (VCS) low or pro bono, an activity usually known in business as Corporate social responsibility (CSR) or Corporate responsibility (CR). This can […]

How do you review your digital footprint?

A version of this article was first published in bvsc Update Apr-May 2016 as the third in a series of three articles on the role of digital technology and data in the transformation of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Birmingham and beyond

TWEAKING SOME PRACTICES: IT’S NOT ALL OR NOTHING Having discussed wider and strategic issues in the previous two articles in this series we thought it necessary in this article to provide some practical guidance for organisations about how to incorporate such activities into their operational activities. This is a process of making modifications and not necessarily making wholesale changes […]

Digital governance

A version of this article was first published in bvsc Update Dec 2015-Jan 2016 as the second in a series of three articles on the role of digital technology and data in the transformation of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Birmingham and beyond

Strategic processes In this article we will concentrate on the strategic processes which are needed to help us in the VCSE sector to begin the transformation which will benefit our beneficiaries and our organisations. Establishing, developing and overseeing strategy is the remit of the board. They need to be supported in identifying the strategy to drive their mission, develop it during […]

Smart Cities: smarter VCSE

A version of this article was first published in infrastructure organisation bvsc 'Update' Oct-Nov 2015 as the first in a series of three articles on the role of digital technology and data in the transformation of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) in Birmingham and beyond

Tech and data for good We believe technology and the understanding and usage of data can help us do our important work better, sometimes using it to free us up to spend more of our valuable time helping our beneficiaries, sometimes using it to make better decisions and work smarter. The terminology we need to […]

Smart Cities and open data

A brief overview of our past, current and proposed future involvement in this critical area

We have been undertaking research and taking part in event since 2012 into the impact of ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Smart technology’ and open data processes on third sector organisations, service delivery and future funding programmes. Between 2012 and 2013 we: participated in Smart City events organised by Digital Birmingham, including organising several briefing sessions for the […]

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Ted Ryan

Role of VCS organisations in academic research

Based on our current community support activity, our research focuses on reducing health inequalities and improving population health and wellbeing in Sparkbrook and surrounding areas by linking high quality research, innovation and engagement to operational practice in a community-led asset-based delivery process

The complexity of contemporary health issues requires that we all work across boundaries of community organisations, health providers and non-health disciplines. This enables us to embrace a host of behavioural, social, economic and environmental factors that affect the health of our target communities. We recognise that, as community based organisations, we cannot do this in […]

Components in Transformation 1

This is the first of four essays that explore components in a public realm provision transformational process. This first essay provides an outline of definition and issues within a transformational process. Subsequent essays will explore the Current and Possible public realm ecosystem, Component Two, Supply chain development (Wave Impact) within public realm funded programmes, Component […]

Asset-based transformation: an introduction

Having published our Three Field Asset based Community Development paper we now want to start thinking about an operational model that will enable the implementation of an asset based health approach.

Fig 1 is our first design of such a model. We will, in the coming months, develop this design and model. This will be done through discussion with commissioners and community activists to enable a robust, fundable and sustainable model to be designed that recognises the importance of all participants within the process. Fig 1 […]

Henry Ford, Top Gear and Robert Kennedy, and my thinking on innovation and transformation in the voluntary sector

Issues of transformation within the voluntary sector

A strange trinity of influence and, while the first two have something in common, they have little to do with the Voluntary Sector. Sometimes, while accumulating information from a variety of sources, something happens. This was one such time for me – a quotation, a television programme and a speech. Suddenly the answers to a […]

When is a market not a market?

Transformation of our (VCS Organisations) finance, performance, product performance and behaviour within our ecosystem, or market.

A confusing title for an equally confusing time. We are told we have to behave more ‘market like’, be innovative and develop new products. But, can publicly funded services, a publicly funded, openly tendered and procured service exist within a true ‘market economy’ (private sector) market? As a producer, in a ‘market economy’, I would […]

Kerslake is wrong

The reframing of Local Authorities and its impact on Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) ecosystem

This is the first in a series of blogposts concerning the reframing of Local Authorities and the impact it will have on Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) ecosystem. Subsequent posts will address the history of local governance and our potential ‘romantic view’ of Councils capability to deliver local services as well as exploring the future […]

First thoughts as to where VCS are in relation to LEPs

What is the VCS offer?

Background Local Enterprise Partmerships (LEPs) were established to develop a local growth agenda, locally driven by businesses that had a buy-in to a distinct geography, supported by Local Authorities and other influential institutions, FE Colleges and Universities. LEPs developed strategic plans, recognised skills deficiency and suggested ameliorative processes to enhance their growth programme. This was […]

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