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Transparency for charities - working in the open

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Three special guest speakers share their experiences, insights and top tips for successfully working in the open.

* Adam Petrie, CLIC Sargent, will share how the charity as a whole is working more in the open.

* Sam Joseph, AgileVentures, will share experiences and top tips for working completely transparently.

* Dama Sathianathan, Bethnal Green Ventures, will talk about her experience participating in Mozilla’s Open Leadership programme and provide top tips how to start out working in the open and help others do the same.

As charities we are often funded by public money which can lead to a fear of failure. It’s increasingly becoming best practice to ‘work in the open’. To be honest, share the successes and the failures, and importantly to demonstrate the learning and growth that comes from these lessons.

- How can we overcome the fear of public scrutiny in order to engender trust?
- What are the benefits of working in the open?
- How does working in the open achieve more impact and better outcomes?
- What are the tactics for putting this into practice ourselves?
- How can we convince our senior stakeholders that this is a good idea?
- What are the challenges and how can we best overcome them?

8.30am - arrival, networking, breakfast snacks
9am - Guest speaker talks & Q&A
10am - Lightening talks, followed by networking
10.30am - end

Adam Petrie
Adam is Associate Director of Brand and Strategic Communications at CLIC Sargent, with the remit of immersing the its bold, brave and direct brand across all aspects of the charity. Prior to his current role, Adam was Director of Comms and Marketing at Shooting Star Chase children’s hospice, where he led a rebrand tasked with breaking the deep-rooted misconceptions associated with children’s hospices. The creation of a group of fingerprint characters called The Friendlies – which communicate both the fun and sensitive nature of children’s hospices – won the Third Sector Award for Brand Development in 2014. Adam’s experience also includes working in a media capacity at major sporting events culminating in two years at London 2012, where he helped to set up and deliver the official Olympic and Paralympic News Service.

Sam Joseph
Sam is Co-Founder of the AgileVentures Charity and is CEO of NeuroGrid Consulting. AgileVentures brings together groups of volunteers from around the world to work together online on open source, open development projects for charities and non-profits. Open development involves streaming meetings, programming and other activities direct to youtube and being completely transparent with all documentation. AgileVentures is working with the NHS on open source projects, including the Social Prescribing Wiki, the first open documentation wiki in the NHS.

Dama Sathianathan
Dama is the Communications Manager at Bethnal Green Ventures, an early stage investor in tech for good. Previously working for larger charities in the UK and the Netherlands, she will talk about her experience participating in Mozilla’s Open Leadership programme and provide top tips how to start out working in the open and help others do the same.

Thanks to ThoughtWorks for hosting this event:
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