About Ideas for Good
Innovation is often a novel adaptation of something thing that already exist in a way that unlocks a value in it that was previously unknown. “Ideas for good” is a mini event series that is designed to promote social innovation through highlighting and discovering novel ways that Higher education institutions can interact with organisations that deliver social impact.
Through leading examples of cross sector research projects these events will outline the funding available to resource new research, offer insights into forming successful partnerships and create an exchange of ideas with new partners. The aim of the events is to create mutual benefit, foster innovation and support positive social change.
Past Ideas for Good Events:
Tools for impact: Creative Media, Digital Technology, and Design
9th July / 5pm – 8pm / Arnolfini Light Studio
Insights from innovative creative sector and higher education partnerships
Simon Moreton – REACT Programme
REACT brings together creative businesses and academics from the arts & humanities, and supports them to create brilliant prototype products and services. From Internet-connected objects and interactive documentary, to products for kids and the future of books and print, these collaborations explore key challenges in today’s cultural and creative sectors.
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), REACT is a collaboration between UWE Bristol (the University of the West of England), Watershed and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter.
Ellen Hughes – Bristol and Bath by Design
The Role of Social Enterprise in Building Sustainable Futures
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM – Engine Shed, Bristol
Goodlab SW is supported by University of Bristol, UWE and Social Enterprise Works.
This event is delivered in partnership with Bristol Green Capital Partnership and Low Carbon South West.
Social enterprises play a key role in the sustainability agenda, developing entrepreneurial, community-led solutions in areas such as housing, waste, food, and energy.
This event will focus on the core value that social enterprises offer the challenge of building new solutions – and ask how we can form partnerships to further these aims.
This event is for:
- Social enterprises, individuals and any civic organisation or business working in sustainability
- Academics, staff, researchers and students interested in using their academic value for public benefit
Dr Pam Seanor –
Senior Lecturer, Strategy & Enterprise: UWE Faculty of Business & Law.
A member of Bristol Leadership Centre, Pam’s research focus is on entrepreneurship & social entrepreneurship. Her recent work explores change with the city region and how sustainability is being enacted by the Bristol Green Capital 2015 project.
Caroline Bird –
Future Cities & Communities Knowledge Exchange Manager, Cabot Institute, University of Bristol.
Caroline’s research & work is in environmental sustainability; community action, energy and climate change, working at the interdisciplinary cross-sectoral interface. Recent research has focussed on the role of community energy intermediaries.
Peter Thompson –
Chair, Bristol Energy Cooperative.
Started in 2011, Bristol Energy Coop has raised £247,000 with community investors to deliver 6 Solar PV projects on community buildings. Soon to launch their 3rd share offer and round of projects, BEC plays a key role in the City’s community energy sector.
Jackson Molding –
Director, Ecomotive CIC.
Ecomotive works to support sustainable and affordable housing –and communities – in Bristol and beyond. Ecomotive’s newest project, SNUG Homes, will pilot design and delivery of small scale housing, with funding from Bristol Green Capital.
Young People and Education
April 21st – 5.00pm til 7.30pm – Bristol University Graduate School of Education 35 Berkeley Square, Bristol, BS8 1JA
Building partnerships between Higher Education Institutions and organisations working in education, children and young people. Creating mutual benefit, fostering innovation and supporting positive social change.
The first event of a themed mini-series from Goodlab Southwest – a University of the West of England and University of Bristol partnership project.
Through leading examples of cross sector research projects this event will outline the funding available to resource new research, offer insights into forming successful partnerships and create an exchange of ideas with new partners.
This event is for:
Academics, researchers, staff, students and alumni interested in using their academic value, skills and research for wider public benefit through working in partnership with external organisations.
Any organisation focussed on delivering public benefit interested in working with Higher Education to achieve their aims.
Speakers: from leading HEI & social sector research partnerships
Briefings: on the latest funding & support available to resource new projects
Exchange ideas & network: Brief attendees on your work. Meet new partners.
Sarah Griffiths, PhD Researcher, School of Experimental Psychology, University of Bristol
On the development of tablet app supporting emotional recognition for children with autism. In partnership with commercial digital developer & Fosse Way School.
Matt Little, MD, [Real Ideas Organisation] (RIO)
On RIO’s work supporting educational organisations, in partnership with academia. The challenges & opportunities of HEI & social sector partnerships and key factors to ensure success.
Lauren Devine & Stephen Parker, Co-Directors, Interdisciplinary & Expert Evidence Network. Department of Law, UWE
On transformative research into child protection strategy & the new social venture the SAFER Initiative
This event is an opportunity to:
Find funding and support available to deliver research impact and resource partnerships
Network with new higher education and cross sector partners
Learn from successful projects and partnerships that have applied academic value for public benefit
Promote your research or organisation