SOME WELCOME VISITORS TO FEDERATION
It’s been a busy few days in Federation which of course is just how we like it. We were really pleased to welcome Hazel Blears and Bill Liao last Wednesday. It was a great opportunity for us to give them some insight into what we are trying to achieve. We were joined for lunch by Jim Cooke The Co-op Foundation and Andrew Clarke from Omidyar Network two of our key sponsors along with Matt Atkinson Chief Membership Officer of the Co-op Group.
But really the stars of the show were all our lovely Federation Friends. Damien Payton Federation resident and founder of Hive Manchester readily admitted that Bills work in CoderDojo was his inspiration to set up Hive. Hive events focus on fun and interest – but challenge anyone who’s up for it. Hive welcomes everyone, from beginners to confident coders looking to power up their skills. Bill and Damiens discussion largely focused around the need to scale and the role that industry needs to play. Emails were exchanged! So looking forward to seeing what comes out of that.
Next up was Nik Seth from Holm Care who shared his background in Dementia Care and Social Care with Hazel and Bill and explained what he is trying to achieve with his startup. In a nutshell he is hoping to disrupt the Homecare market helping people to find affordable care quickly and easily. Nik found it extremely useful“Billshared his vast experience and taught me that I’d be more successful promoting blog posts on how to help the elderly on Google, rather than just ads for the page. And it was super useful that Hazel has offered to connect me with the Salford Institute of Dementia and it’s network. We also discussed the challenges of finding good care for the elderly, and how long it takes people”.
We’re lucky that we’ve had The Social Mobility Foundation with us since almost the beginning of our Federation journey. Hazel is a trustee so she knew lots about it but Sam shared with Bill some of the many amazing stories of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds they have helped in their academic and professional journeys. While many of those they have supported in the past have gone into careers such as law Bill suggested that it was timely that the Foundation were in Federation to encourage more of their cohorts to get into tech. Especially given the scale of automation happening in the legal and other professions.
Michelle Brook from Demsoc spent some time explaining their work which centres around involving citizens more in the decision-making processes of governments and public sector bodies. They then experiment around this working with local and national government as well as European Institutions. According to Michelle everyone was more or less on the same page: “We all agreed about the importance of finding ways to merge online and offline engagement. We know that online has the potential to have significant reach across geographic regions and for those who are time constrained. Buy equally not everyone is online and we need to build integration between the two. Also we were agreed on the need for greater roles for citizens and civil society in making decisions about local places and spaces. Bill had some great ideas for this, including the use of AR and smart phones to help citizens visualise potential changes that would result from planning decisions in their local area”.
And finally a visit to Northcoders where Founder James Brooke talked through their business model and plans for growth in the North. It was a really useful visit and thanks again to Hazel and Bill for sharing their time.
This month brings a host of exciting events to The Federation. Meet groundbreaking change-makers, get involved in the community and immerse yourself in important conversations!
Monday 18th June
Social Soapbox: The Power of Community | Defiant Event Space
In working collectively towards making social change - whether in a business, charity or as part of a campaign - we often focus on the issues present, but what if we simply created the future instead?
As part of our Social Soapbox, Lauren Coulman from Noisy Cricket will be exploring themes that are fundamental to change-making in modern society, and providing a platform for the forward-thinking doers amongst us, recognising and acting on issues of inequality and bringing new models, attitudes and examples of how inclusive and beneficial working for the greater good can be.
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Wednesday 20th June
The Inclusion Coalition Catch Up and Next Steps | Defiant Event Space
The Inclusion Coalition is a community of organisations and individuals in Greater Manchester that is working to improve diversity and inclusion within the tech sector.
We will use our collective knowledge and our community to collate our knowledge, interrogate the sector, run campaigns, create tools and ultimately help each other improve.
We want to facilitate more robust and successful digital outcomes across the sector by creating a more diverse workforce.
Find out more at https://theinclusioncoalition.com
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Friday 22nd June
Greater Manchester is Working Forward | Defiant Event Space
Hosted by TV presenter Helen Skelton, Greater Manchester's Mayor Andy Burham and business leaders gather to celebrate Greater Manchester's commitment to ending pregnancy, maternity and paternity discrimination. This is an opportunity to hear how the Equality and Human Rights Commission's Working Forward programme will support Manchester's reputation as a progressive, socially responsible and inclusive city, and a great place to work.
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Tuesday 26th June
Blockchain Manchester Presents Meetup 4: Identity on the Blockchain and Stellar Analysis + Q&A | Solidarity Event Space
Heard of Bitcoin? Bitcoin is built on Blockchain technology.
It's debatable whether we'll all buy overpriced coffees with our cryptocurrency in the near future but what's undeniable is that Blockchain and associated technologies are disrupting traditional centralised IT on many fronts.
Is it the next big thing or the emperor's new clothes? Possibly a bit of both.
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Wednesday 27th June
Tech for good: Fintech for Good | Defiant Event Space
From rampant AI's and gamification to social fundraising and new ways of donating. Join our community and collaborate, be inspired and learn about what others are doing in the ever changing landscape of tech that makes the world a better place.
• Someone who works for charity?
• At the cutting edge of new technology?
• An innovator in social change?
• A community group leader?
• Someone working in any way in the tech sector?
And do you:
Want to see if we can make real social or environmental change?
Well, come along! Or help out. We will be running regular themed events with chatting, sharing, speakers and maybe some food and drink.
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As part or our mission in Federation and with funding from Omidyar and The Co-op Foundation we’ve been supporting the amazing social enterprise Foodinate in their fight against local food poverty. And this week they have taken a giant step forward expanding their work out of the North and going nationwide. Their founder Caroline Stevenson explains: “Because of our new partnership with premium bar and restaurant group, The Alchemist we can now expand our fight against food poverty to communities nation wide. Now you can head to any of The Alchemist venues and enjoy either the Duck Gyoza or the Keralan Cauli Rice Bowl knowing that a hot, nourishing meal will be provided for a person in need in the exact same community as a result - at no extra cost to you. We're hoping that this will equate to at least 2,000 meals a month for those in need”
Located in busting UK city centres, The Alchemist is the place to be for the inventors of the world, combining an expertise in molecular mixology with theatre and immersive experiences at its core. The premium operator can be found across the UK including; London, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds, Newcastle, Chester, Oxford and Nottingham.
Simon Potts, Managing Director of The Alchemist, said of the new partnership: "We love the work Foodinate do. We're the first national restaurant brand to partner with the cause and we're immensely proud to work alongside such a fantastic charitable organisation. It also allows our customers to be a part of the initiative and we look forward to seeing the difference we can together make to our local communities."
According to Matt Atkinson, Chief Membership Officer at the Co-op Group who are sponsors of The Federation, this is exactly the kind of expansion and growth in the social enterprise field that Federation was established to support: “It’s great to see Foodinate going from strength to strength like this and to have achieved a national footprint in such a short space of time is just brilliant. Foodinate's work on tackling poverty at a local level completely aligns with what the Co-op is doing in this space. We've just announced our new Food Share programme bringing a unique approach to getting food close to its use by date in the hands of local community groups in time for them to turn in into millions of nutrias meals. It’s also great to see Manchester leading the way and we are delighted that Foodinate share our co-operative values and a desire to work towards a more equitable and caring society”
You're in for a treat next week as The Federation plays host to a few exciting events:
Tuesday 8th May: Algorithms of Oppression
Join us for an exciting evening we've worked on with Open Data Manchester and MMU bringing Safiya Noble, assistant professor from the University of California to Manchester. She'll be talking about ideas from her best-selling book, 'Algorithms of Oppression'.
This event is supported by MMU and The Federation in partnership with The Omidyar Network and Co-op Foundation.
Sign up here for free: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/algorithms-of-oppression-a-talk-by-safiya-umoja-noble-tickets-45581665990
Thursday 10th May: Manchester Ted Talks Discussion Group welcomes relationship coach Amanda Crump as she explores the theme of our 'Nearest and dearest' - our fascinating relationship with close relationships. Join us for an evening of stimulating conversation and new friends!
Sign up now: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/manchester-ted-talk-discussion-group-10-may-tickets-45167088979
The Unit X Festival, a week of pop-up exhibitions showcasing the work of some of the best up and coming artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers in the city commences next week with free exhibitions and events taking place across Manchester in venues including -- Manchester Art Gallery, The Federation, Night and Day Café, Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Cass Arts, Soup Kitchen and the Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art.
Join us at The Federation, lower ground floor from 5:30-8:30pm to be the first to view the student's exhibitions
View the full list of events here: http://www.art.mmu.ac.uk/unitx/festival2018/
Friday 11th May - Mama's collective
The Federation welcomes the Mama's Collective between 10am-1pm with 'king of the Insta-dads' Simon Hooper aka 'Dad of daughters' promoting his new book and talking about balancing work life with being a dad, prolific social media poster and newly-published author, and sharing his Instagram tips, thoughts on feminism, and what it's really like to be the lone male in a house full of women.
Sign up now: https://billetto.co.uk/en/e/mamas-collective-meetup-feat-simon-hooper-aka-father-of-daughters-tickets-275543