Keeping the dream alive, Rebecca Edwards TSRC


Published on

Published in: Education, Technology
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

No Downloads
Total views
On SlideShare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds
Embeds 0
No embeds

No notes for slide

Keeping the dream alive, Rebecca Edwards TSRC

  1. 1. <ul><li>Dr Rebecca Edwards , </li></ul><ul><li>Research Fellow, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Southampton </li></ul><ul><li>(and Pokesdown resident) </li></ul>
  2. 2. <ul><li>Background in geography > social housing > public space </li></ul><ul><li>Led me to community based regeneration </li></ul><ul><li>Now exploring the role of third sector </li></ul><ul><li>Core theme of the action of local people and community based organisations </li></ul><ul><li>And now I’m local to the Bourne Spring Trust </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>A bit about the Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) </li></ul><ul><li>Some of the TSRC’s findings </li></ul><ul><li>Environment and the Third Sector </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainstreaming the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovating low carbon practices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A health warning </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>What is the TSRC? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was the TSRC set up? </li></ul><ul><li>Could the money be better spent…? Some ways in which the centre supports third sector organisations (we hope!) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Huge range of topics… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Role of community based organisations in the ‘Big Society’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to demonstrate impact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third sector dependency on public funding </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lots more… and we are interested to hear what we should be researching </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Three year programme of work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping the environmental third sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mainstreaming the environment in the third sector </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Third sector promotion of low carbon lifestyles </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>Government pushing for Third Sector to take a key role in tackling climate change </li></ul><ul><li>Stephen Hale suggests that: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ In the UK, the third sector holds the key to creating a new politics of climate change. The environmental community has been the dominant actor within the sector to date. But this is not simply an environmental issue. We must now unleash the full power of the sector…. The continuing trend towards less interventionist government and transferring responsibilities to individuals and communities makes new approaches even more imperative. This trend is apparent across the political spectrum’ (Hale, 2009: 23) </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>Alongside government, </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Funders e.g. Baring Foundation and City Bridge Trust </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Charity Commission advice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Umbrella organisations e.g. NCVO and ACEVO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Major charities e.g. British Red Cross, National Trust… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Therefore, we have sought to investigate impacts of this: phase 1 = interviews and documentary analysis </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Early results </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Organisations are beginning to incorporate the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult for third sector organisations to meet the challenge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of grassroots action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unclear direction of government policy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Very likely that all sectors will have to respond – third sector can set agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baring Foundation advocating that charities come together to tackle government policy. Is there scope to do that locally? </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>About the research so far…. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploring how TSOs are helping people live in a more environmentally sustainable way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A first stage of 20-30 organisations interviewed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will move to case study work with around 5 organisations using an ethnographic approach </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Some (very) early findings and thoughts… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Third sector organisations are innovating some projects that might just help, or hold the key to moving to a low carbon society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tackle social structures, not just individual behaviour through community and societal level action </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tensions about how/if these should be scale up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And not always valued… </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Huge immediate challenges for the third sector </li></ul><ul><li>Longer term, one challenge for all organisations will be how climate change impacts: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How organisations operate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The needs of beneficiaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How TSOs advocate collectively </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Third sector is likely to play a key part in how we tackle the most pressing environmental concerns </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries… or if you are a member of an organisation that might like to take part in our research. </li></ul><ul><li>Becca: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>07779 791661 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Really useful documents (contact me for links and more suggestions): </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An Unexamined Truth, the Baring Foundation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NCVO’s pages on climate change </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There are many more! Please do get in touch </li></ul></ul>