ShipShape // Good for Nothing Bristol - the lowdown

“ what you guys do around GFN... would love to help you bring that innovation to the SW." Al

The seeds were sown via an email back in February 2011 and then further West with conversations at the Do Lectures. Both Caro and I knew that Bristol would be a willing creative community ready to collaborate, co-create and help accelerate three of Bristol's leading social innovators. We were right. Best thing to do said Dan, fix a date and then you're off and running! OK - so we did. We chose the same date as the biggest festival in the city and aptly titled our GFN #ShipShape for (hopefully) obvious reasons. We had a great space in the Pervasive Media Studio at Watershed, overlooking the harbourside festivities; and that set up a good vibe and helped everyone feel connected to the city over the hot weekend.

All the social enterprises we talked to around the city are doing amazing work, but in the end we brought together three very different projects - Our fantastic cause partners for the weekend were The Bristol Pound, the local currency designed to support Bristol’s independent businesses, strengthen the local economy and help build stronger communities. Playing Out an exciting not-for-profit information and advice resource for children’s street play, and Home Turf Lettings which is a social enterprise that acts as a safety net, making it much easier and safer for landlords to let their properties to people in need, thereby helping vulnerable people to find and keep a home. The bringing together of these particular three projects, gave us a really dynamic mix of challenges that allowed us to pull together a wide range of skills.

Here are the original briefs for the event.

Next stop - off to meet @searsio our Brighton GFN colleague (in a car park off the M5) for the GFN ‘toolkit’ handover. Tweet - the small bird has landed. We are official... Bristol is the second chapter to host Good For Nothing. Friday night we welcomed our doers and makers into our ‘Pie lab’ for the weekend, kicked off with some drinks and allowed some time to connect, then launched the project presentations. The teams started to take shape and the buzz was good - ready for action the next day... we were now up and running!

What happened over the next couple of days was truly inspiring... teams self organised around the projects, divided their skills and challenges to get turbo doing... helped along by some great tunes and sustenance from our fabulous supporters - @Pieminister @KabutoNoodles and @jimmyicedcoffee . Some truly incredible work was produced in under 48 hours, amongst the final outputs were a Facebook app, a website, a video, infographics and graphic illustration work, logo design, branding development work, social media integration, strategy, copywriting, map applications and marketing brochure design treatments. Huge respect to all who attended - I really hope we are building something positive together - lets do it again - soon!

In the meantime we are looking forward to our social in Bristol on Thursday September 27th and catching up with all our causes to see their progress. Hope to see you there!

Huge thanks to Dan, Tom F, Tom R, & Anouk for the vision, and everybody who supported us and got involved.

People are brilliant...

All good - Al & Caro

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