A new hub for third sector research and social action launched today

Think! Research & Consulting

Heralded as one of the first in a new generation of ‘think-and-do’ tanks, Glasgow-based Think! Research and Consulting is attempting to blur the divide between research and practical action, and to work in new ways that go beyond the typical client-consultant relationship.

Clients will include frontline third sector organisations themselves as well as those agencies that sit behind and support the frontline – national government, local public authorities, and third sector intermediaries, funders, and investors.

Jonathan Coburn, founding Director and Principal Consultant at Think!:

“I tend to approach the future in very positive terms. Even during the tough times ahead I can see tremendous opportunities to empower communities, stimulate social action, and carve out an even greater role for the third sector in public service reform. I see our role at Think! as providing the objective evidence and support required to make sense of change and to help make things happen.”

Think! has been set up as a unique form of private-social partnership.  This partnership brings together the expertise of CEiS (now the UK’s oldest and largest social enterprise development agency) with the former social research team of one of the UK’s better known private sector consultancy practices – EKOS. To this mix it has added a highly experienced pool of third sector researchers and consultants that are located across the UK and internationally – I’m pleased to say I’m one of them.

With commissions already secured with clients in locations ranging from Alloa to Vancouver, Think! is set to make a big splash on the national and international third sector scene.  


Media 140 London

via media140.com

All the interesting third sector conferences and events happen when I’m busy. This isn’t paranoia, this is fact.

Media140 Third Sector takes place in London as part of Social Media Week. The event will showcase non-profit organisations that have successfully integrated the use of the Real-Time Social Web into their organisations, answer questions for those less confident and explore the tools available for fundraising, communities of support, volunteer networks and cross platform campaigns.

As usual I can’t make it but if you’re free on 4th February I urge you to make it along to hear the ludicrously impressive range of speakers, including:

  • Steve Bridger, Builder of Bridges
  • Rachel Beer, Founding partner of Beautiful World
  • Jonathan Waddingham, Digital Strategist at JustGiving
  • Jacqui Darlow, Digital Marketing Manager Dog’s Trust
  • John Carnell, Founder and Chief Executive BullyingUK
  • Rob M Dyson, Digital/Social PR Manager, WhizzKidz
  • Lucy Buck, Founder of Childsi Foundation

Last year Media140 raised £8000 for Mencap and The Big Issue, charities voted for by their twitter followers. Tickets are free for the third sector event with a suggested donation to the Disaster Emergency Committee in aid of DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal.

So are you going to Media 140 London or one of the other Social Media Week events?

If so, rub it in my face. Leave a comment to let me know what part of the events you’re most looking forward to.