On Wednesday 7th November 2018, Charity Futures hosted our Annual Conference, this year titled “Living Short: Thinking Long“. Thank you to those of you who took the time out of your busy schedules to join us. The day began with a welcome speech from our director, Sir Stephen Bubb, who spoke about the work we’ve done over the last year, specifically the two think pieces that we released, and our future plans for the Oxford Institute of Charity. Our chair, Jonathan Smith, then welcomed guests, and discussed his hope that the conference would lead to collaboration and discussion between different parties. Dr Ann Limb, one of our directors, outlined the days proceedings and introduced the different speakers.
Our first guest speaker of the day was ‘reluctant futurist’ Mark Stevenson. Mark gave an impassioned talk about how charities need to be future literate, drawing upon the necessity for climate change to be in the forefront of the work we do. Caroline Fiennes, the director and founder of Giving Evidence, then spoke about the research consultation exercise which Charity Futures have been working on in conjunction with Giving Evidence. You can watch Caroline’s talk here, and take part in the survey she discusses here. After a short break for lunch, whereby the mornings proceedings were discussed by all of our guests, Major General (retd) Andrew Mackay CBE, offered a unique perspective on the importance of understanding communities, drawing upon his experiences in Afghanistan. Andrew has also written a thought-provoking piece on ‘Leading with Purpose’ for our blog, which you can check out here. Emma Whelan, the managing director of Utopy, spoke about the fantastic work Utopy has been doing in helping to build a more progressive sector. The proceedings ended with the insightful and engaging social philosopher Roman Krznaric. He asked the audience to question ‘how can I be a good ancestor?’, which provoked interesting discussion between guests and left everyone with much food for thought.
Check out the video and pictures of the day below, and we look forward to seeing you next year to do it all again!