Date: 14 September 2018 - 19 October 2018
Time: 10:00 - 17:30
Venue: Webinars + one in-person workshop at YF's HQ, London

Are you interested in exploring or further developing crowdfunding actions for your work in an inspiring, peer-to-peer learning environment? Join this free, four-part social learning relay.

Far beyond funding: unlocking the full potential of crowdfunding for social entrepreneurs and communities

The explosion of online crowdfunding has made it easier to mobilise people quickly and easily around common interests and causes. Not just in greater numbers, but also across geographical barriers. When it comes to social entrepreneurship and community initiatives, crowdfunding offers an important alternative to get projects off the ground. But the impact for social entrepreneurs and communities goes far beyond monetary value alone. By its nature, crowdfunding provides access to wider audiences and offers the opportunity to enlarge and strengthen networks and movements.

So how can social entrepreneurs, organisations and communities unlock the full potential of crowdfunding? What are the different models out there and what types of projects are they best suited to? And how do you gauge whether crowdfunding is a suitable option for converting a great idea into a reality?

The learning journey
On 14 September our third Relay kicks-off with an online webinar and meet-up, followed by a full day workshop on 21 September in London, and an online relay period of four weeks. The focus will be on the topic “Far beyond funding: unlocking the full potential of crowdfunding for social entrepreneurs and communities”.

Are you interested in exploring or further developing crowdfunding actions for your work in an inspiring, peer-to-peer learning journey? Apply now!

What’s new?
You bring in a learning question around the topic of crowdfunding and – if applicable – a project you want to crowdfund. We will provide a fertile ground for you to boost your knowledge in this area and learn from and with the other participants to move your initiative a step further.

Format and Programme
The relay will kick-off with an online webinar on 14 September and a full day workshop on 21 September in London. After these meet-ups you will embark on a 4 week, peer-to-peer learning relay, during which you will support each other to put some of your learnings into action.

The workshop will combine informative & inspiring lectures, with work sessions in which you will practice with a number of tools. During the workshop you will get to know the other participants, and form smaller groups before embarking on the online part of the relay.

  • Kick-off online meet-up & webinar: Friday 14 September 10-11.30 BST
  • Full day workshop in London, UK: Friday 21 September 2018
  • Peer-to-Peer (online) Relay rounds: 21 Sept – 19 Oct 2018
  • Online closure event: 19 Oct 2018

For who?
The Social Learning Relay is aimed at social entrepreneurs and members of communities and networks working on social change and innovation. Are you interested in exploring and/or further developing crowdfunding actions for your work in an inspiring, peer-to-peer learning journey?

Learning and network outcomes

  • Discover the full potential of crowdfunding and the suitability of different models for your own work
  •  Establish new connections with other social innovation networks and initiatives
  • Apply newly acquired knowledge and tools in a peer-to-peer learning environment
  • Empower and support each other

What will you need to bring?

  • Motivation and curiosity to be part of an experimental learning format
  • Communication: share experience, knowledge and network
  • Participation: in workshop, the relay and final Skype session
  • Action: organise a ripple effect activity during the two month period of the relay.
  • Time investment: Two hours a week during four relay rounds

Apply
Participation is free of charge, but we do work with an application procedure to ensure a good match between the projects that participants bring in and the content and format of the relay. If you would like to take part in the relay, please complete this online application form.

The deadline to apply is 31 August 2018. We will get in touch with you in the first week of September (at the latest) to inform you if your application has been accepted.

Organisation
This relay is organised by The Young Foundation in collaboration with Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and DRIFT as part of SIC (Social Innovation Community). SIC is a Horizon 2020 Programme funded project and run by a consortium of 12 leading organisations across Europe. SIC will run from February 2016- 2019. Find out more at www.siceurope.eu.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Rachel Wilkinson at rachel.wilkinson@youngfoundation.org.