VCSE Futures Conference Blog

29 June 2018

VCSE Futures on May 25th was a significant event for Building Change Trust, not least because it was the Trust’s final large-scale event before it ceases to operate after ten years, at the end of 2018. 

The half day conference brought together almost 100 influencers from the across the voluntary, community, social enterprise and public sectors and really challenged them to consider the future of the sector under 7 key areas identified within the Trust's Agenda for the Future report; Voluntary Action, Making a Difference, Leadership, Civic Activism, Resilience & Renewal, Collaboration and Innovation.

Our keynote speaker and leading thinker on creativity and innovation, Charles Leadbeater also shared the theory behind social movements and how they can migrate from apparent leftfield oddities to social norms;

And a host of sectoral experts helped to extract thoughts and ideas from delegates and craft their responses into the beginning of a blueprint for a sector fit for the future. 

At the morning session, Nigel McKinney and Margaret Henry from the Board launched Agenda for the Future, followed by a keynote speech from Charles Leadbeater, who spoke about change at a macro level.  In the afternoon delegates attended workshops based on the themes outlined in ‘Agenda for the Future’.

We captured some of the spirit of the day in this short video https://youtu.be/BDFyNHznlfU

While we could write all day about the VCSE Futures Conference, the real message is that we are relying on sector bodies to take our work forward when we are no longer here.  We wanted to leave a legacy and we’re really hopeful that our conference and ‘Agenda for the Future’ have provided at least a starting point for those difficult conversations which so need to happen as part of the transformation process to help the sector not alone survive but thrive.  As Charles Leadbeater said….’it’s all to play for!’

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