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

This event offers practical insights into leading regional programmes, forming successful partnerships and delivering impact; stimulating discussion on value of design, creative media and technology to develop new approaches and wider civic benefit.
Our event always feature an open space in the agenda – so organisations engaged in this area can share their work with the audience. Join us in being part of the event and book your slot using the link above or using the event organiser contact button.


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 BathBristolCardiff and Exeter.

Ellen Hughes – Bristol and Bath by Design

Bristol & Bath by Design is a collaborative 18-month project mapping and measuring the cultural value and economic impact of the design community in the city region. From architecture to animation, engineering to editorial, fashion to film, hand-rendered to high tech, manufacturing to marketing, print to packaging and product, Bristol & Bath by Design is working closely with companies, individuals, organisations and major local cross sector design influencers to to tell the story of design – what happens here and why.

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

Past events

GoodLab & Burges Salmon

Protecting Ideas – March 26th

This workshop will examine how organisations and individuals may rely on certain ‘Intellectual Property’ rights to protect ideas and initiatives. It will consider what is necessary to use these rights, and how organisations may be able to licence or sell their Intellectual Property.

Holly Rose is an Associate in the Commercial Department at Burges Salmon LLP. Holly advises clients on a range of Commercial issues, and specialises in Intellectual Property law.

Employing people – February 26th

This course is aimed at providing an overview of the legal issues that all employers need to be aware of when employing people in the UK.   It will look at basic employment rights and will consider potential pitfalls and steps businesses can take to avoid them.

Jamie Cameron is a Senior Associate at Bristol’s largest law firm – Burges Salmon LLP.  Jamie advises employers on all areas of employment law and regularly delivers training to a wide range of businesses.

Contracting for Beginners – January 22nd

This will be a course aimed at giving more confidence to those involved in working with contracts – whether as a supplier or customer.  It will look at the basics and consider the pitfalls to be avoided. It should be of interest to all types of enterprise that are involved in supplying or purchasing goods or services.

Philip Davey is a Partner in the Commercial Department of Burges Salmon LLP.  Philip advices business of all types on contract law and regularly delivers training to a range of businesses.

Ten Years CIC Anniversary Celebration

16 July 2015, 11.30 AM

University of Bristol Law School, Wills Memorial Building, Bristol BS8 1RJ

The Community Interest Company (CIC) was introduced in 2005, offering social enterprises a flexible and adaptable corporate legal form to structure their business in ways that are compatible with their social, environmental and economic objectives.

Ten years on, we take stock to celebrate the success of the pioneering CIC format that has attracted interest and sparked further corporate reform initiatives worldwide. We take this opportunity to reflect on the stories of successful CICs, to compare experiences on the ground and to discuss ongoing challenges including investment, accounting, governance and public service commissioning and procurement.

This event is organised by the Centre for Law and Enterprise, University of Bristol Law School, in collaboration with Policy Bristol, University of Bristol; Sara Burgess, Regulator of Community Interest Companies; Social Enterprise Works CIC; Bates Wells Braithwaite LLP; and June Burrough, Social Entrepreneur and Founder Director of the Pierian Centre.

We are delighted to welcome the Mayor of Bristol who will address the lunchtime plenary session at this event.

GoodLab Launch

The GoodLab launch took place at Hamilton House on December 9th from 5-7pm.

The GoodLab project is a joint initiative between UWE, UoB and Social Enterprise Works, funded by UnLtd and HEFCE to strengthen and broaden Higher Education sector support for social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. This joint initiative will deliver a strategic national programme with learning, knowledge exchange, skills and technology sharing, and quality systems development at its core. Together the aim is to learn the most effective ways to provide support, resources and knowledge to make it easier for social entrepreneurs to start up and thrive.

Watch a video of the launch here