|Charity Leaders’ Exchange|
On the evening of the 10th of June, a group of charity sector leaders gathered to discuss the topic ‘Charities- Innovate or Die’ at an event organised by the Charity Leaders’ Exchange (CLE).
The venue was the brand new ScreenWorks building in Highbury: Workspace generously allowed us to host the very first event to take place there.
Research on innovation was presented by Zoe Amar and Lucy Gower. Zoe’s blog about the results and a link to the report itself can be found here and the event was chaired by Eddie Finch of Buzzacott LLP. Representatives from both Cancer Research UK and The Children’s Society were present to give insights into how they have used innovation in their charities.
Some of the key concepts and debates which were covered included: Is innovation more likely to happen when someone in an organisation has chief responsibility for it, or does everyone connected to an organisation needs to be innovators? Is innovation just a buzzword, or does it really mean something? How do we learn from failure and be open about when something innovative just doesn’t work? What lessons can the charity sector and the business sector learn from each other?
Audience participation was high and it was good to see the debates being continued afterwards (and online on Twitter, via the hashtag #charityinnovate14) and lots of networking taking place.
It was my first event as the new Programme Director of the Charity Leaders’ Exchange and I was struck once again by the passion and commitment of people connected to the sector and the need for events like this to get us to think deeply, with peers, about topics which affect the charities we care about. Please look out for exciting developments with the CLE and help us to create a dialogue around issues that matter to you.