The lovely folks at Here Now have an open call for pitches for a brilliant idea to help shift the narrative of climate and clean energy. The deadline is Fri Aug 14 so get your skates on! And if you really can't make the date but have an ace idea, it might be worth pinging them anyway...
Musings on Good for Nothing
It is taking me a while to process and appreciate everything …. I marvel that busy people with busy lives gave up their valuable time to help Pulp Friction move forward.
We believe that giving the right support, and by raising the profile of people with learning disabilities within their own communities so much more can be achieved. A had all this latent potential inside her, what we at Pulp Friction do is create the right environment, programme and relationships for people to flourish and we want to grow so that we can do it for more people.......
A little less conversation, a little more action. Celebrating being voted as one of Britain's 50 New Radicals by The Observer and Nesta. Rave on...
It's meant everything to be supported by the GFN'ers not least because it propelled me to greater achievements (and Super Kitchen is only beginning...) but also it bolstered me with a rock solid belief that what I was doing was good stuff.
Pulp Friction is so much more than a small successful business, it offers a community where friendships can grow, people can flourish and ambitions can be achieved
Good for Nothing is a worldwide network of talented people coming together and working on groundbreaking projects. Cool huh? Well the Big Chip thought so.
Imagine if you could hire the A-Team for a day...
Our very first social!
..you either get it or you don't.
Yes. That’s right. Who doesn’t want a free cape and to be a superhero for a day?
A little update on our social and where we are having it
Put simply, Good For Nothing is people giving whatever they can to support a worthy and worthwhile cause in their city. It’s a chance to support a local charity or social enterprise with something more valuable than your chequebook – that’s right with your time and effort.
Vanessa Marko tells her story of how Femtastic experience Good For Nothing and what it gave them.
I don't want to go shopping every weekend and I don't think that meetings, minutes and agendas are the way to increase fairness, fun and freedom in our society. I do like technology and creativity.
Scotland's first gig kicks off in Edinburgh with their first Gig in a Pub!
A couple of weeks back a group of merry folk from all sorts of backgrounds emerged from a dark cold london night to gather at Fairly Square. The purpose? It was GFN in a Pub, organised by the Mothership.
With just a few days to go I thought I’d scribble down why I decided to bring Good for Nothing to Nottingham. I’m no great writer but really thinking about GFN Nottingham has given me that ‘goose bumps’, ‘butterflies in your tummy’, ‘shivers down your spine’ kind of feeling. In fact it’s reminded me of when I was sat in an aeroplane, 12,000ft above the ground waiting do a skydive …. bloody excited but hoping to billy-oh that the parachute was going to open.
When Rachel and I attended Camp Nothing, our employers (that sounds a bit dry - they’re more like family. OK, that’s really cheesy. Good. I’ve set the tone of the post) Photolink Creative Group funded our train fares and kindly allowed us time off to travel to the camp.
They wanted to contribute to the cause, but Rach and I thought that maybe Good for Nothing could give back to the organisation. So we wanted to try something. We rounded up 30 enthusiastic and slightly confused staff members from Photolink and sister company Hungry Tiger and herded them into one of our studio spaces on a Friday for five hours.
We wanted to share with you a blog post from the Founder of Secret Kitchen Cafe, Marsha Smith who we're collaborating with at our first hack. This is what being a part of Good for Nothing means to her.
And so the day we’d been waiting for finally arrived. Last Thursday the Colchester chapter of Good For Nothing opened its doors for the very first time and welcomed twenty-five or so eager, inquisitive and (in some cases) confused GFN-ers-to-be into the St Botolph’s Waiting Room.
Gigs have the power to evoke emotions, bring people together and be a whole lot of fun. Gig Buddies enables people with learning disabilities to go to gigs too by matching them up with volunteers who love the same kind of music - even if you are into 70s glam rock, they can find you a buddy!
One sweet weekend a short while ago, the Brighton GFN community were introduced to the team at PricePie. PricePie are on a mission to help us make informed decisions about what we are buying and that everyone receives their fair share of the pie...an impressive organisation to follow...
Year Here are about transformative experiences igniting social purpose and the drive to see it through. As one of the main venture focuses at Camp Nothing, they didn't know what they were in for. Yet Indie, one of their fellows, does a fantastic job at trying to describe a Good for Nothing experience as a venture...
As part of the first Brighton Good for Nothing gig, two brothers from the Espresso Mushroom Company enlisted some GFN community awesomeness to tackle a challenge or two! Espresso Mushroom started in January 2012 after discovering one could upcycle used coffee grounds to grow delicious oyster mushrooms...yum!
So. A week has past since that crazy ride called Camp Nothing. And boy, did it resonate.
We’ve been finding the re-entry back into the constructed world quite tough after what was a beautifully cosmic Camp Nothing of epic proportions last weekend in deepest Norfolk.
We were literally speechless on Sunday evening and that was before the cider came out.
So where to start really?
Hermione from The DoNation tells the story of her experience of GFN as a venture.....
A lovely wee film capturing a great night with the blooming marvellous Po-Zu shoes. Good for Nothing in a pub is a fine way for a bunch of creatively minded soulful strangers to make good shit happen, and drink beer.
We are inviting applications from the smartest, creative, most resourceful, soulful do-ers, dreamers and change makers from 15 UK cities to head up and grow GFN in their communities.
We’re looking for 2 to 3 folk from each place covering the span of backgrounds and local networks that we know makes Good for Nothing go off - social business, innovation, sustainability, communications, design and technology.
You don’t need to know each other, but it’s fine if you do.
You’ll join us for a 48 hour weekend of doing, making, learning and mentoring from Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd September.
Highlights from about 90 minutes of turbo-help for Sanderson and the Sunday Assembly against his 5 big challenges....
The 12th of February saw the first 'GFN in a pub' and we were very proud to be the guineapig partner. We are NANA.
We've been piloting our concept of a comfort food cafe in Hackney since November and have got to a stage where the day to day running is less hectic and wecould do with some real expertise.
In a nutshell NANA is a comfort food cafe run by older ladies from the local area.
When we jokingly gave the event the name #winterwarmer nobody quite envisioned the blizzard conditions that we experienced over the weekend. Thankfully it takes more than a bit of snow to stop us and we were given a warm welcome at the brand spanking new offices of Brighton social business pioneers Nixon McInnes.
Only Connect is a crime prevention charity working in London with prisoners, ex-offenders and at-risk youth. Their five key programmes offer support at every point in the crime cycle in order to reduce offending. The key challenge is to communicate their purpose & broad mission more effectively to members, potential corporate partners and the wider public.
With the launch only a few days away, their biggest challenge was to spread it and get as many young people and employers registered and using it. They needed specific support to develop a communications strategy for both young people & employers, build a critical mass of users and develop ideas to help make Discoverables self-sustaining.
The main challenge was to increase their funding as well as the sales of plants & crops they produce to be able to support the expansion of their apprentice program. Cultivate London was the largest team gathered for the weekend, there was a fantastic energy and drive amongst them to make a significant contribution to this social enterprise.
January’s Good for Nothing gig focused on Future Youth and the challenges that they face today. The gig was held at the impressive Forward Foundation in Camden, the ideal setting for thinking, ideas and turbo-charged doing. 60 awesome doers came together for a weekend bursting with energy for 3 youth ventures we supported; Cultivate London, Discoverables and Only Connect.
We've added a little something to your Good for Nothing profile.
We are looking for a creative, reliable and enthusiastic intern to help us set up and run our next Good for Nothing gig in late January. This is a great opportunity to be part of the team that runs this exciting creative collaboration event.
A film we made introducing Made in Lambeth, a programme we ran in collaboration with Lambeth Council.
Whichever way you look at it young people are the future. Whether that means caring for our fragile, creaking biosphere or looking after us older peeps in our twilight years, the young folk are the ones that really matter. So if they are so vital, why are they getting such a rough deal right now?
We often get asked how the work that gets produced at our gigs impacts the ventures we support in the long term. Increasingly we're seeing small teams come together post-gig to finish off work and generally stay involved with the venture.
We’ve been reflecting how we can best increase the positive impacts of the collaborations and efforts of the community. When we look around, there’s a tonne of stuff that needs fixing urgently, very little that we depend on is fit for purpose and if you dig a bit deeper into the systemic nature of stuff, it's deeply worrying.
The weekend of the 13th and 14th October saw Good for Nothing bring a whole host of community members together to the ‘Made in Lambeth event’, including young people, with one common aim; to help the Young Lambeth coop (YLC) project to solve it’s ‘challenge’; how to communicate more effectively and widen its membership base.
Filmmaker and self-appointed marketing director for nature David Bond needs your help as he & the Green Lions team shoot the final scenes of Project Wild Thing and edit it to bring it all together.
After the success of the first Made in Lambeth back in June, it was time for a second round of supporting some of Lambeth Coop Council's innovative initiatives.
Last weekend Good for Nothing went north to Manchester, Andy tells us how it went...
Just over a week ago, we spent the day at the Natural Childhood Summit organised by the good folk at the National Trust. As part of our ongoing development of Project WildThing we joined a wonderfully diverse gathering of organisations and individuals all linked by one common thread...
As you may have noticed, we've got a shiny new website.
What, not a platform, social network, or a revolutionary new online collaborative crowdsourced community? Nope. It's a website.
This is the last weekend of the Project Wild Thing campaign to get more people into nature, running until September 16th.
We are always on the search for disruptive ventures to accelerate, so we have decided to have regular 'drop-ins' to meet them.
One of the best things about doing Good for Nothing is that we get to meet amazing people who are leading the way in all things innovative in their communities.
Northern Soul, The first gig for our Northern chapter is at MadLab in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on 5–7 October.
Last year we went hiking in the Lakes to figure out a set of missions for this year...
ShipShape // Good for Nothing Bristol - the lowdown
What was made at Wild Thing Part 3 - Wild Card Hacks
What was made at Wild Thing Part 2 - High Tech High Nature
#MadeinLambeth - Good for Councils?
Our first local chapter - Brighton's Summer of Love
What was made at Wild Thing Part 1 - Building a grassroots movement
Phew! Wild Thing, reflections and where next.
Drop in Do-er/Maker ticket
Good for Nothing Bristol presents #ShipShape 20-22nd July
Wild Thing - The Challenge
Building a platform for uncertainty
Re-use & Transform
Seeking Founding Folk for Wild Thing
Technologists, help us open nature's API
Meet The Stars
The briefs for #madeinlambeth // Lambeth does Good for Nothing
The Briefs for #summeroflove //Good for Nothing Brighton
Fallon does Good for Nothing
WILD THING, London, July 6th-8th
#summeroflove: Good for Nothing hits Brighton Jun 22-24
We're seeking a Tour Manager
Made in Lambeth 21-23 June: Call out for makers and doers
Open Labs // Challenge // Collaborating to beat Cancer
MAKE/TIME weekend - What was made
We've been backed by NESTA Innovation in Giving
MAKE/TIME ESPACE BENEVOLAT BRIEF
MAKE/TIME FREERANGE BRIEF
MAKE/TIME THAMES 21 CHALLENGE
Make/Time: the countdown starts
Occupy Blue Monday story in pictures from Scriberia
A one minute Manifesto of Good for Nothing...
Reading University Design does Good for Nothing
What we did for Pop Up Stories at #OccupyBlueMonday
What we did for The DoNation at #OccupyBlueMonday
What we did for Sustaination at #OccupyBlueMonday
A little film about Occupy Blue Monday
Occupy Blue Monday in photos
Ready, Steady, Do!
Sustaination brief for #OccupyBlueMonday
The DoNation Brief #OccupyBlueMonday
The POP UP Stories Brief #OccupyBlueMonday
Confirmed Partners and Challenges for #OCCUPYBLUEMONDAY
Big Festive Love and a Good for Nothing New Year
How cause partners are selected for a Good for Nothing gig
Good for Nothing - #Occupy Blue Monday
Are you Good for Nothing? / Our first ever talk/do....
Good for Nothing // Innovation in Giving Fund
The film: Ecclesiastical did Good for Nothing
UN World Food Day. Time to start fundraising for 50/50!
50/50 about to enter fundraising phase - we need your help to make it go off
Innocent does Good for Nothing
What we did for Glos Young Carers...
What we did for Young Gloucestershire...
What we did for Cotswold Care...
Live brief// Objective// Help stop 750.000 people from dying of starvation
Ecclesiastical DID Good for Nothing!
Ready, steady, DO!
Don't be late to the races....
50/50 Encouraging Innovation - 4 days to go...
50/50 Project - what happens next?
Challenge #1: The brief for Gloucestershire Young Carers
Challenge #2: The brief for Cotswold Care
Challenge #3: The brief for Young Gloucestershire
50/50: It's make or break for people facing famine in East Africa
Creative Love Riot - Drinks & briefing friday night - please sign up
Good for Nothing #famineaid gig this weekend
An urgent mission: East Africa Disaster Response...
Where's Good for Nothing heading?
How to draw a simple bird
A film of the Good for Nothing May 2011 gig
In pictures - Good for Nothing meets New Blood
A summary of the D&AD Newblood gig ....50+ students, 4hrs, 3 briefs
The Good for Nothing meets D&AD New Blood briefs
Good for Nothing meets New Blood at D&AD
What we did for Bletchley Park at GFN May 2011
What we did for gnewt cargo at GFN May 2011
What we did for Food Cycle GFN May 2011
48hrs of turbo-charged doing 'scribed' by Chris from Scriberia
Sunday morning....Good for Nothing style
DJ line up for 48hrs of music-fuelled Good for Nothing...
Like to create and make stuff?
GnewtCargo's Good for Nothing challenge...
FoodCycle's Good for Nothing challenge...
Bletchley Park's Good for Nothing challenge...
Are you up for some Good for Nothing, May 20-22, 2011 in London?
We made a newspaper for our founder members...
Project Twenty4: 24hrs of local sustainable innovation
Good for Nothing December gig - 24hrs in 10 mins.
Next Good for Nothing London gig - weekend 21st and 22nd May 2011
Scriberia are Good for Nothing
'Good for Nothing' officially went off...
The Great Football Giveaway and Good for Nothing
It's all going off ...the snow won't stop us
The making of the Good for Nothing briefs
A splendid space for good for nothing
The Good Gym Brief
The Great Football Giveaway Brief
The Global Generation Brief
Growing with the global generation
A run with the Good Gym - one of our 3 causes for GFN December 3rd/4th
come join us to do some good for nothing on december 4th