Community building for Systems Change


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Community building for systems change

What is the role of community building in systems change? Why is it an effective strategy for creating systemic change? How can we build communities with high potential for systemic impact? Our new reflection paper, Community building for systems change, explores how and why community building can be an effective strategy for systems change, and why it is such a core part of the Lab’s work and our new strategy. In her last blog for the Lab, our former Head of Community and Communications, Naomi Alexander Naidoo shares some of our key learnings. Read the paper here. Read Naomi’s final blog here
Blog: Kalifa fintech review – Why the government must go further
UK Fintech Week brought together the worlds of fintech, banking, and government to discuss the future of the finance sector. The shift to digital, accelerated by the pandemic and Brexit, made this year’s event arguably the most important yet. To counter the dominance of industry voices, and a focus on sector growth and competitiveness, the Lab ran a fringe event to discuss why and how fintech could be developed in a way that includes civil society, and addresses financial exclusion and the climate crisis. 
Find out more by reading Lab Associate David Fagleman’s blog here, and watching a recording of the event here.

Team changes

This month the Lab bids a sad farewell to Naomi Alexander Naidoo, our Head of Community and Comms, who many of you will have known. In her three years with the Lab she designed and implemented a community strategy and grew a vibrant ecosystem of change makers. We are incredibly appreciative of all the energy, curiosity and creativity she has brought to the Lab – and look forward to benefiting from that as she becomes a community member herself. We wish her every success in her new role at Chayn where she will be working on a hugely important issue – tackling gender-based violence.

Jacqueline Lim has re-joined the Lab as Fellowship Associate to lead the design and launch of a Fellowship programme for banking professionals who are influencing climate action within their institutions. Jacqueline supported the growth of our community of banking intrapreneurs in 2019 and we’re grateful to have her back at the Lab gifting her experience in systems change, programme design, equity and sustainability to our community.We’re recruiting!

Movement Building and Campaigns Lead. This is a new role to develop our programme to grow purpose-driven finance. To truly transform the financial system, we need financial organisations that put social and environmental purpose at the centre of their mission, not profit. This role will develop our campaign to rapidly scale up the exciting ecosystem of organisations that do this already so that they become the mainstream. They will work with our dynamic community of purpose-driven finance leaders to overcome regulatory and policy barriers, change public perceptions, and help them work together to change the financial system for good.Find out more and apply here.

Communications, Events and Programme Assistant. As part of a collaboration of 200+ social sector employers, we’re working with Koreo and the government’s Kickstart scheme to provide paid jobs and professional development opportunities to those deeply affected by youth unemployment. The role is 25 hours per week for six months, and includes a programme of peer coaching and facilitated learning. This role is open to anybody aged 16-24 and in receipt of Universal Credit – young people can apply by visiting their local job centre and speaking to their Work Coach. Find out more here.

Changing finance: monthly round up
Our CEO Jesse Griffiths compiles fresh news and thinking on changing finance for the better in his latest monthly round-up blog. This month’s round up includes articles on financial integrity (or lack of it) in the City, banks and climate change, changes in government policy and much more. Read it here, or sign up to receive future round ups direct to your inbox.

The Lab out and about: Our Head of Intrapreneurship, Lydia Hascott, recently joined a panel discussion about agitating for positive change within large corporate institutions. Hosted by our friends at Blueprint for Better Business, Lydia shared insights into how mainstream finance professionals can influence significant changes within their institutions that align them to social and environmental goals. Watch the recording here.

Community noticeboard: The latest opportunities, vacancies and updates from the Lab community:

Reading, news and updates:
• A new report from Lab Associate David Fagleman at Enryo explores the use of cash and other payments in 2020.
• Lab Head of Policy and Advocacy Marloes Nicholls reacts to the Greensill scandal in an article for inews.
• Catch up with all of the news from Plane Saver in CEO Valerie Walwyn Tait’s podcast series.
• Read the latest news from Lab Fellows Tumelo here.
• Lab Senior Fellow Christine Berry writes about the changing nature of class in the rentier economy for Autonomy. Read it here.
• Positive Money have launched their Green Central Bank Scorecard. Download the full report.
• The Ada Lovelace Institute have just published their report on the data divide. Read it here.

Lab fellows Tumelo are hiring for several roles – details here.
Could you be Doughnut Economics’ Cities and Regions Lead? Find out more here.
Our friends at Positive Money are looking for an Operations and Events Manager.
There are vacancies for a Senior Policy Officer and an Organiser at Jubilee Debt Campaign.
Check out this important Open Banking Consumer Representative role at OBIE.
Lab Fellows CoGo are growing their team, details of several vacancies here.
Join the team at Fair4All Finance. They are looking for a Digital Innovations Lead and have several Programme Manager roles.
Rethinking Economics is hiring an Economists for Future Organiser.

Join live discussions and webinars about CDFIs at Responsible Finance’s 10xRF. All the details here.
Save the date for the UKSIF Spring Conference.
Join Lab Senior Fellow James Vaccaro at Future Economy Network’s Green Financing for Greener Cities event.

Community members can submit updates for the next community noticeboard by emailing Find out more about our community here

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