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Tuesday 9 April
Join us for a brief moment to introduce and celebrate all that is Marmalade and think about the week ahead.
What do prisoners need in order to desist from criminal offending? What are the barriers that impede on rehabilitation, and make reoffending more likely? What effect will the recently announced roll out of incapacity spray (PAVA) have on prisoner-staff relationships? Paula Harriott of Prison Reform Trust will conduct a workshop exploring the challenges and opportunities that exist when building a movement towards change, based on her lived experience as not only a ‘change maker’ in the VSO sector, but also as a former prisoner.
How can we meet the needs of children and young people living in a complex and challenging world?An interactive session looking at creative and innovative ways to meet the needs of young people. Oxfordshire Youth will be hosting this session on behalf of the Children and Young People’s Forum (C&YP).
Education for empowerment means challenging limiting ideas about educational systems, exploring new learning opportunities afforded by enabling technologies, and designing effective learning experiences. In this interactive session, participants will collaborate to examine real education challenges and learn a new method for developing empowering solutions. Come to connect and collaborate with those working to change education.
Dr. Kim Ochs is an education strategist, teacher, researcher, writer, and innovator.
How can we commission and deliver public services based on principles of being human, adaptive and systemic instead of bureaucratic, defensive and siloed? How can we build momentum in Oxford? This session will be particularly interesting for commissioners, providers and thinkers from across the UK and specifically from Oxfordshire.
Hosted by Max French from Newcastle Business School and Jeremy Spafford from Arts at the Old Fire Station.
Can cities feed themselves? Using Oxford as an example city, this workshop will bring together three speakers who are embedded in the local food system - one pessimist, one optimist, and one nutritionist. A participatory session, it will give attendees ample time to voice concerns and share strategies for overcoming them, and create a (rough) roadmap for urban food transitions. Chaired by Emma Burnett, with Clare Ferguson, Rachel Hammond and Joanna Tamburino.
A highly interactive session by SPRING, demonstrating their Toolkit with a focus on girls and young women, aimed at equipping attendees with the knowledge, tools and capability to perform more gender-smart investing.
Bonnie Chiu, Managing Director at TSIC, leads an interactive session that will explore practical ideas to include users in MEL (Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning) process in all its dimensions – from planning to data analysis and learnings. What are the main barriers to including users in MEL? What are the main risks? What are the tools that could facilitate and support this approach? What are the main benefits?
Wednesday 10 April
In his novels, Charles Dickens described in vivid detail the destitution and desperation he observed on the streets of English towns and cities over 150 years ago. Yet here on the streets of Oxfordshire today, some of the suffering we see would seem far too familiar to Dickens. This Marmalade session is an opportunity to ask ourselves what has really changed since then – and does anyone really care? Hosted by Oxfordshire Community Foundation.
Lawyers are a powerful agent for change and legal support plays an essential role in every long-term, sustainable solution. An interactive session targeted at NGOs and social enterprises keen to find out how healthy their organisation’s legal set-up is, and hear from award-winning social enterprises on how they used law to create sustainable impact and build a stronger organisation – all pro bono.
Hosted by Nicholas Glicher, Director at TrustLaw.
'What would a fully inclusive society for people with additional needs look like, and how do we get there?'
We will encourage participants to explore these urgent questions together, with the aim of generating creative and ambitious solutions to existing challenges. There will be a practical focus on how we can make inclusive social and recreational opportunities more widespread in our communities, with plenty of tangible ideas and actions that individuals and organisations can take back into their own communities, in Oxfordshire and further afield. This interactive, thought provoking, and practical workshop will be co-hosted by KEEN (a community organisation working to create, support, and promote inclusive opportunities for all) and its partners.
A chance to think together about our long-term vision for the cultural development of Oxford. How can funders, different communities, different service providers, artists and cultural organisations work together to make Oxford a better place?
A session from Oxford’s cultural organisations, hosted by Oxford City Council, What Next? and Arts at the Old Fire Station.
This workshop provides an opportunity for all activists to think of their own goal through the lens of the law and see if there is a potential legal avenue that could be used to accelerate the change they are seeking.
Impact – Law for Social Justice (www.impactsocialjustice.org) is a new consultancy made up of lawyers, academics and journalists looking at how grass roots activists, NGOs and broader civil society could use the law to achieve their social justice aims.
Come and find out by helping to spend £1000 in a participatory grant making session – where power for decision making is taken by YOU! Lankelly Chase Foundation (and partners) will be hosting this session as they want help in designing participatory methods that encourage equality of voice, mutual accountability and sharing of power.
Thursday 11 April
To collaborate means taking action. But how do we make decisions on what to do, decisions that everyone can really get behind and support? This session will introduce the method of ‘consent’ – as used in Sociocracy and Holacracy amongst others. Hosted by CAG Oxfordshire.
A great session for anyone who wants to be more effective and authentic in their communication, and to help improve their response to conflict. There will be opportunities for both reflection and skills building.
Hosted by Milly Carmichael and Olivia Hawkins – Directors and co-facillitators at MO Training and Consultancy.
An interactive workshop inspired by Nesta's work with social movements for health and wellbeing. This will be an opportunity to explore framing, mobilising and the tactics employed in social movements aiming to change health systems and tackle health inequalities.
Hosted by Nesta.
Many start-ups begin with big ambitions. After you get started and create a sustainable business model, the next challenge is to scale up, spread your innovation and meet a wider need. For that, you need a scale-up strategy so that you can assemble the resources you need.
Hosted by Spring Impact.
How is your wellbeing? How is the wellbeing of your team? Join Sanderson Jones (co-founder of Sunday Assembly and Ashoka Fellow) for 'Retreat Yourself' - a one hour wellbeing workshop that will refresh you, and teach you different techniques to connect to what is most important to you. In this interactive and immersive session you'll learn more about the story of Sunday Assembly, how to use your weaknesses to help others and leave feeling better than ever.
Around 25-30% of the UK population suffer from social isolation, and it can have a serious impact on people’s physical and mental health. Dave Dawes (Director of Future Care Capital and a Director of the Royal College of Nursing) leads a workshop to explore how we can use new or existing technology to help address this issue.
Oxfordshire has recently been made the UK’s first Social Enterprise County, by Sicuak Enterprise UK. What are these challenges that we still face, how are they being addressed and by who? What else can and needs to be done, who are the key stakeholders that must be engaged and involved to achieve this, and what do we need from them? Join OSEP for a lively, interactive sessio to explore what’s needed.
How can we change the education system to prepare children for the current world? An interactive session led by Rebecca Warren, Senior Education Project Coordinator at UWC International and Polly Akhurst, Mia Eskelund Pedersen, Co-Executive Directors of Sky School.
Join us and meet other like-minded people to celebrate the launch of the newly formed OSEP. Enjoy warm company and engaging conversation over drinks and nibbles as we head towards the end of another inspiring week of Marmalade and find out how you can be part of this new community.
In 2017, a group of people – some with experience of homelessness – created a play at the Old Fire Station in Oxford for the Hidden Spire project. This film chronicles that journey, from writing workshops to the rehearsal room and opening night. Another chance to see Jo Elliott’s heartwarming story of hope and adventure.
Friday 12 April
Under the UN’s Sustainable Development goals, all girls and boys should complete free, equitable and quality education until age 18, by 2030. This is an ambitious goal, and now stretches to include secondary education as well as primary. How can we ensure that every young person in the world has the chance of secondary education, as a stepping stone to a positive future?
Hosted by Foundation Paraguaya.
A multiplayer, card-based game that simulates taking the “real world” into the year 2030. In the game participants work together and in groups. We explore how the world can achieve sustainability goals - or fail to. The workshop will be facilitated by Nathaniel Whitestone and supported by Peter Burke - co-founders of A Fairer Society. This game is hosted by Oxford Wood Recycling.
Children at risk of entering the care system experience many of the worst effects of child poverty and disadvantage in Oxfordshire. The What Works Centre for Children Social Care, VIP+ and Oxford Hub lead a practical session exploring solutions to challenges experienced by children on the edge of care.
Climate change, plastic pollution, pollution of sea, land and the air we breathe – it can be hard for people to find practical solutions to these problems. But the world would be a better place if we all did things to help address these problems, taking steps, however small, to help. How can we create an “International Do Day”? What challenges could be issued to Do-ers around the world? How can the idea be spread? What partners could help make this happen?
Hosted by The DO School.
Buzz & Fun
Popping into the Cafe for a coffee or a spot of lunch? Fancy a chat with someone new? On each table there will be two cards. Simply turn the card over to say whether you are happy to chat or would rather not be disturbed. Who knows who you may get chatting to?
Need somewhere to charge your phone? Fancy a sit down? Look no further. You’ll be able to recharge your batteries, both literally and metaphorically, at our chat n’ charging station.
Ever lied to a funder? Ever over-claimed in a tweet? Ever pretended to understand what systems change means? Step into the confessional booth and tell all to our priest in residence…
*Absolute discretion guaranteed.
Keep a lookout for the Insecurity Guards are about. Not all superheros wear capes - ours prefer glitter and sequins! Jettison your deepest insecurities and fears into a locked box to be destroyed at the end of the day.