OxfordJam’14: the fringe to The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

by Open Platform Events

About the project


Final Target £5,000
tipping point
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!
tipping point
25 hrs
In-kind donations range from drinks to office supplies. We even accept homemade cakes. See what else we need!

More about the project

What is the social/environmental problem/issue that this project will address?
As a rule, conferences are expensive and over-regimented. The most valuable interactions don’t happen sitting in a lecture theatre listening to a speaker; they happen in the queue for coffee, the hallway, or the pub after hours. For the last 4 years OxfordJam has bravely flipped the traditional conference format on its head. The brightest minds on the scene have contributed a wide range of participatory and interactive sessions from all corners of the social economy. What’s more, session contributors pay to run their sessions and our delegates attend for free – making us a truly ‘open access’ event.
Can you give us some statistics on this problem?
Over the last four years OxfordJam has grown from an 35 session event attracting 200 people, to over 1,200 attendees drawn to over 65 sessions!
What is your solution?
Each year OxfordJam promises to create an innovative, inclusive and truly participatory environment even bigger than the last! And for the last four years that’s exactly what we have done! From breakfast discussions, through inspirational sessions and numerous networking opportunities, to cabaret – we make sure we’re packed to the rafters from early morning to .. well, so late at night it’s early morning again! If you want to connect with the brightest and most innovative minds in the social economy, learn about exciting work being done at grass roots level, and have fun, then this is the Social Enterprise event for you. Come celebrate our fifth birthday by adding your unique experience and expertise to this social-enterprise melting pot, or should that be ‘jam-jar’?!
How will you deliver this?
Running in parallel to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, OxfordJam is a three-day fringe event that creates a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over. Jam-packed with opportunities for collaboration and collision, and bursting with inspirational sessions - from breakfast discussions to our infamous late night cabaret – the fifth year of OxfordJam promises to be innovative, inclusive and truly participatory.

Get involved

Here are some great ways to get involved with the project and help out. If you have...
  • 2 minutes
    Send a tweet letting your followers know @OxfordJam is open access and free to attend!
  • 5 minutes
    Sign up to our mailing list at http://oxfordjam.org.uk for all the vital information direct to your inbox!
  • 15 minutes
    Head to http://facebook.com/oxfordjam and let us know which aspects of the social economy you’d like to hear more about this year
  • 30 minutes
    Why not share a talent at our infamous OxfordJam cabaret?
  • A few hours
    Swing by The Old Fire Station in Oxford April 9th-11th and join a session!
  • Regular time commitment
    We’re always looking for more volunteers – get in touch at oxfordjam.org.uk for more information!

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About the organisation

Vision and mission

Open Platform Events is a new events production organisation serving the social sector in the UK and beyond. A partnership between Hub Ventures and the original OxfordJam team, Open Platform Events works with clients to re-imagine the traditional conference format and design events that provide an open platform for conversation, collaboration, and innovation. We do this by: • Being participant led: co-creating events with socially-minded organisations that are driven by participants; • Being inclusive: designing inclusive events to maximise involvement by those who would otherwise not have access; and • Being a positive disruptor: running conference formats alongside existing traditional established events with a strong emphasis on participant engagement. Our events are shaped by people coming forward with a social or environmental issue to tackle, and the conviction and energy to bring value and engage participants. We provide the framework of infrastructure, resources, planning, and logistical support needed for real social action to take place - enabling participants to inspire, connect and to shape a better world.

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