January 26, 2010

Oxford Jam – spreading social enterprise more evenly…

Filed under: projects — benmetz @ 12:42 am

I seem to have kicked off an event with life of its own.  Oxjam10 was an idea that came out of a dinner I convened last year at the Skoll World Forum for Social Entrepreneurship.  85 people came together in an evening side event to meet, eat, inspire and be inspired.  It was lightly facilitated which gave maximum time for networking and learning from each other.  I was approached by numerous attendees who said the dinner was the best part of attending Skoll.  A few folk suggested upping the ante for 2010 – and this is what seems to be happening…

So here it is:

Oxjam10 will create a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over.  Running in parallel to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford in April 2010, OxJam10 is a human scale response to the opportunities for learning and development presented by the Forum. Time and time again, over the history of the Forum, attendees report the most valuable parts of the event are in the halls at Said Business School and the bars around the event. Oxjam10 extends and allows participants to shape this space before arrival. And it opens this space up to people previously unable to attend Skoll.

It’s being crowdfunded and content is being crowd sourced.  Indications are there is a lot of interest and some fantastic and inspiring individuals are lined up, in various guises, to be involved.

To find out more and to get involved check out the Oxjam10 blog.

To contribute to funding the event (it’s free entry on the day) go to our justgiving page here.


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