We are looking for sessions which explore the main themes of Marmalade 2019:  

  • Relationships: Marmalade is an opportunity to explore how relationships can help us achieve positive social change – connecting within organisations, across different organisations and in the wider ecosystem. We are looking for sessions that will contribute to build new relationships and deepen existing ones.

  • Power: we want to acknowledge the different amounts of power and explore the challenges of power relationships in social change. We hope that sessions will bring together people with different amounts of power and help distribute it.

  • Place: we are the fringe event to the international Skoll World Forum, but we are rooted in our community all year round. We want to help Oxford City and the wider county connect with national and international insights, while enabling them to drive change locally. We are looking for sessions which will be relevant to our community.

Session hosting principles

When thinking about the design of your session, we ask that you bear these hosting principles in mind:

  • Being fully present – we hope that hosts will choose to engage with Marmalade as a whole, beyond their session. This is an opportunity to connect with others, build relationships and have fun. The arts programme around Marmalade this year is designed to create a buzz around session and build bridges amongst people that wouldn’t have connected otherwise.

  • Free to attend, pay to present – in line with our approach for the last 9 years, we ask that hosts make a financial contribution in order to support Marmalade. Contributions range depending on the financial means of hosts, and we don’t want this to put anyone off. Talk to us about what you may be able to contribute.

  • Collaboration & co-facilitation – we always have more session hosts than spaces available at Marmalade. This means that as part of programme curation we may suggest you join forces with someone else. We also encourage you to share power and think about how you may bring co-production principles to your session or invite others to be part of session design.

  • Long-term impact – while Marmalade only takes place over 4 days, we are hopeful that this can be an opportunity to kickstart conversations and initiatives that will have a long-term impact in Oxford. When designing your session, we ask that you bear in mind what may be the legacy of your session beyond April 2019.

Based on these principles, we suggest some additional practical parameters:

  • For sessions to be meaningful, we recommend a minimum duration of 2 hours, although we encourage you to consider hosting for at least half a day. This will enable you to get some real work done.

  • Depending on the number of people that you are hoping to attract to your session, we will allocate a space with a particular capacity. We may move you to a different space if your session numbers are higher / lower, but we can’t always guarantee we would have a larger space than requested available.

Support available

  • Venue logistics. As part of our support for your session, we will arrange a room and associated logistics as part of the event. We ask that you provide details about any specific needs you may have, and we will endeavour to accommodate them as much as possible.

  • Session design. We are able to help review any session design, provide feedback and suggestions, in order to ensure you are confident in implementing some of the Marmalade 2019 design principles.

  • Support with outreach. Hosts will be doing their own outreach for the session, and the Marmalade team will be available to support with outreach, particularly focusing on Oxfordshire network in order to build our place focus for the event.

  • Immersive and experiential opportunities. By this point you are hopefully thinking outside the box with regards to the design of your session. We will be hosting a range of immersive experiences outside of sessions but get in touch with us if you want to bring some of those into your session too!

Next Steps

In order to confirm that you want to host a session, you need to fill in this form with all details about your event:

You will be able to make changes to the event and details in the form up to the 30th of March.

The sooner you submit the session, the more publicity we can do for your event! All sessions submitted by the 7th of February will be showcased in a special newsletter.

For additional help or if you have any questions, get in touch with Sara: hello@marmalade.io