Are we Good for Nothing?Britain’s New RadicalsThe Observer and NestaJanuary 2012
Asi told us a               bout Britainthe commun                  ’s New Radic             ity and got a               a...
What is Goodfor Nothing?
a short film of one of our creative collaborati                                                  on gigs.....
our missionBUILDING A COMMUNITY THAT CAN ACCELERATE AND SCALE THE WORK OF GRASSROOTS SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATORS W...
why we do it                    It felt more like a ‘love                                            -in of big doing’ tha...
Good for Nothing started with a question......WHY ARE SO MANY TALENTED SKILLED PEOPLEIN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES SPENDING S...
...which led to our first ‘gig’ in Dec 2010 WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF WE PUT A BUNCH OF SOCIALLY-MINDED PEOPLE   WITH DIFFERENT...
DOING NOT TALKINGCOLLABORATE + EXPERIMENTSUPPORT THE TRUE INNOVATORS      our 3 practises
we made a manifesto forhow doing GFN should feel...
and 6 rules that   challengepeople to work fast...together
writers       designers      developers                                             coders                 artists      bl...
we throw in some great DJ’s, delicious food  and the odd drink
and openly share what we lea                            rn...
other ingrediants
THANKS! We funded the first 5 gigs ou                                 rselveswith lots of free help from ou               ...
and recently launched Good                              for Something -Good for Nothing inside orga                       ...
1 year on and we’ve put on 7                                Good For Nothing‘gigs’, helping 18 different so               ...
we hatched             our 1st glob                         al interventi                                      on -> a col...
No ‘client’ or ‘owner’43 projects created in 9 countriesHundreds of volunteers involvedNearly £250,000 raised
Nearly 500 people have sign                                ed-up to our online  community and about 500 p                 ...
“GFN is an intense weekend of creativity and energy turned intoconcrete projects for social good. The weekend was a buzz o...
GOOD FOR NOTHING                   IN NUMBERS AND WORDS                                                                   ...
2012 is all a             bout more e                                    xperiments                                       ...
Good for No           thing found                                                     ers             Dan Burgess         ...
webwww.goodfornothing.comonline communitywww.goodfornoth.ning.comtwitter@g00dfornothingfacebookwww.facebook.com/g00dfornot...
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  1. 1. Are we Good for Nothing?Britain’s New RadicalsThe Observer and NestaJanuary 2012
  2. 2. Asi told us a bout Britainthe commun ’s New Radic ity and got a als so we as big “yes go ked for it”, and 0 no’s
  3. 3. What is Goodfor Nothing?
  4. 4. a short film of one of our creative collaborati on gigs.....
  5. 5. our missionBUILDING A COMMUNITY THAT CAN ACCELERATE AND SCALE THE WORK OF GRASSROOTS SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATORS WHO IN MANY CASES ARE INNOVATING MORE RADICALLY THAN LARGE CORPORATIONS.NURTURING MORE PURPOSEFUL, COLLABORATIVE + FUN WAYS OF WORKING “It felt a bit like the fu ture....” James Hogwood
  6. 6. why we do it It felt more like a ‘love -in of big doing’ than work Katie Lindemann BECAUSE WE’D LOVE TO BUILD A SOCIETY THAT’S MORE EXCITED ABOUT DOING, GIVING,FIXING AND PARTICIPATING THAN BEING PASSIVE & CONSUMPTION-LED...
  7. 7. Good for Nothing started with a question......WHY ARE SO MANY TALENTED SKILLED PEOPLEIN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES SPENDING SO MUCH OF THEIR TIME AND ENERGY IN LONG UNWIELDY LINEAR UNPRODUCTIVE PROCESSES PUMPING MORE NOVELTY INTO AN ALREADY CREAKING PRODUCTION/CONSUMPTION SYSTEM?
  8. 8. ...which led to our first ‘gig’ in Dec 2010 WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN IF WE PUT A BUNCH OF SOCIALLY-MINDED PEOPLE WITH DIFFERENT SKILLS WHO ARE FRUSTRATED WITH THE SYSTEM TOGETHER WITH 3 GRASSROOTS SOCIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL INNOVATORS IN THE SAME SPACE FOR 48HRS? HOW MUCH POSITIVE USEFUL WORK COULD THEY DO AND HOW MUCH FUN COULD WE HAVE ALONG THE WAY?
  9. 9. DOING NOT TALKINGCOLLABORATE + EXPERIMENTSUPPORT THE TRUE INNOVATORS our 3 practises
  10. 10. we made a manifesto forhow doing GFN should feel...
  11. 11. and 6 rules that challengepeople to work fast...together
  12. 12. writers designers developers coders artists bloggersfilm-makers do-ers accountants we put the call tea-makers out and 60+ hackers diverse and amazing people lawyers strategists turned up to give their time,project managers energy and skills architects for 48hrs... for nothing animators consultants
  13. 13. we throw in some great DJ’s, delicious food and the odd drink
  14. 14. and openly share what we lea rn...
  15. 15. other ingrediants
  16. 16. THANKS! We funded the first 5 gigs ou rselveswith lots of free help from ou r ‘friends’
  17. 17. and recently launched Good for Something -Good for Nothing inside orga nisations - to help widen community + become self-sustaining
  18. 18. 1 year on and we’ve put on 7 Good For Nothing‘gigs’, helping 18 different so cial organisations
  19. 19. we hatched our 1st glob al interventi on -> a coll aborative digital fundr aising exper iment
  20. 20. No ‘client’ or ‘owner’43 projects created in 9 countriesHundreds of volunteers involvedNearly £250,000 raised
  21. 21. Nearly 500 people have sign ed-up to our online community and about 500 p eople have actively given time doing ‘Good for N othing’= about 2 years or 750 da ys worth of professional time given for nothing to acc elerate social causes
  22. 22. “GFN is an intense weekend of creativity and energy turned intoconcrete projects for social good. The weekend was a buzz ofenergy, but instead of talking about it, everybody was focused to “I think the intense creative burst of energyhave something solid that can be taken away to help the over the Good for Nothing weekend wasorganisation. For us, it was two great promo videos, and also a simply wonderful and that one of theseed that was planted - which led to a major overhaul of our greatest things to have experienced is theonline systems for communications and volunteer management. atmosphere of genuine support,GFN stirs things up! Kelvin Cheung, founder FoodCycle enthusiasm, problem solving and creativity. I don’t thing anyone left unfulfilled” Neerja Vashista, Global GenerationHere’s what the social innova tors have to say about it..... “The GFN weekend was as Nick put it overwhelmingly beautiful. I came not knowing what to expect and left with a real sense of purpose, renewed enthusiasm to get stuff done and experiment, and empowered by the results of collaboration among exceptional, talented and kind people who gave up their free time to take part. Matt Linnecar, Co-founder Gnewt Cargo
  23. 23. GOOD FOR NOTHING IN NUMBERS AND WORDS Faster, less proving of points, people wanting to help each other rather than hinder. A general sense of We did more work, of better quality, enthusiasm and positivity. People in 48 hrs than an agency would take sharing skills, listening to what others weeks to deliver. had to offer. 1. AN EXPERIMENTAL COMMUNITY WORKING DIFFERENTLY... 2. CHANGING WAYS OF WORKING...And this is what the growing OF GFN’ERS MORE LIKELY TO OF GFN’ERS MORE LIKELY TO OF GFN’ERS MORE LIKELY TO OF GFN’ERS MORE LIKELY TO DIVIDE LEARN BY DOING SET THEMSELVES SELF-ORGANISE AND CONQUERcommunity are OF GFN’ERS SEE IT AS A GREAT WAY TO BUILD COMMUNITY AND EXPERIMENT WITH NEW WAYS OF OF GFN’ERS MORE LIKELY TO SELF ORGANISE ON THEIR PROJECTS TO WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY - PROTOTYPING, SKETCHING, MAPPING MUCH TIGHTER DEADLINES AGAINST THEIR WORK CHALLENGES AND WORK IN SMALL, DIVERSE TEAMS WORKING saying... TO WORK MORE EFFECTIVELY 3. POINTING AT THE BIG ISSUES THAT NEED DISRUPTING... 4. IT’S ADDICTIVE... AREAS THE COMMUNITY WANT TO WORK ON.. FOOD 71% EDUCATION 701% WASTE 65% INEQUALITY 59% NATURE/BIODIVERSITY 48% CLIMATE CHANGE 48% ENERGY 41% It was great. An opportunity to work with great people for one thing, and a chance to test yourself against the clock. It was self-organising, rapid, agile and iterative and it didn’t really feel like work.
  24. 24. 2012 is all a bout more e xperiments fo r bigger imp act More people More gigs in more places - London, Bristol, Brighton, Manchester... Bigger challenges More doing - at gigs and virtually through the online platform Festival ‘Good for Nothing’ More organisations - businesses, universities, local councils...
  25. 25. Good for No thing found ers Dan Burgess @dansolo Tom Rowley @tomrlondo Tom Farrand dan.burgess n @tomfarrand @pipelineide as.com tom.rowley@ pipelineidea tom.farrand@ s.com pipelineideas 0795821531 .com 0 07500 8059 58 0774811647 9
  26. 26. webwww.goodfornothing.comonline communitywww.goodfornoth.ning.comtwitter@g00dfornothingfacebookwww.facebook.com/g00dfornothingvimeohttp://vimeo.com/goodfornothingflickrhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/goodfornothingflickrs/

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