Social & economic transformation
Kuorum connects civilians with politicians, by fostering and promoting transparency, accountability and participation. Born in 2013, its founders realised that its mission of bringing politics closer to people should be a global one. Kuorum offers its software in five languages that are accessible to any government, political party, individual politician or citizen around the world. In 2016 it was awarded best technology applied to politics by the Washington Academy of Political Arts and Sciences.
Bristol-based Neighbourly connects local causes and projects with businesses that can help by contributing time or funding. Its two-way platform benefits both business and the community. It encourages project leaders to tell and share their stories, to inspire and help others and bring communities closer together. The business, a registered BCorp, secured $1.6m in angel funding in 2015 from Beacon Capital.
Open Cinema enables any community to have a cinema or make a film. Established in 2009, it now works across the UK, Ireland and Finland, its first country franchise. The group is comprised of the non-profit Open Cinema Foundation, and Open Cinema International, a cinema software company in the latter stages of its second funding round. We are at work on a cinema fit for 21st Century communities.
One in five people in the UK today are struggling to put food on the table and heat their homes. More than half a million people had to rely on food banks to feed themselves and their families in 2015. Oxfam joined Fuse to find ways to address this challenge, while learning more about delivering social value through user-centred design and how technology might amplify their impact across all their programmes. It became apparent that a new service should focus on financial resilience – not just food – in order to have the most impact. On Fuse, the Oxfam team piloted a service that helps people to build an emergency fund for food through their usual shopping habits, while also enabling data collection around food poverty to help Oxfam advocate and campaign for more systemic change.
Swarm is a creative collaboration company working with inspired people to make a more beautiful world. It combines challenge-based working, creative collaboration, collective intelligence and experiential learning to build prototypes and pathways to a more beautiful world. It believes in a human-scale approach, combined with a deep understanding of ecological limits and the interconnectedness of everything. Swarm is a registered B Corp.
Textocracy is a fast, easy, and affordable addition to the public consultation or feedback process, giving people a simple, anonymous and free way to text their comments to organisations using any mobile phone. Textocracy provides your unique phone number for constituents to use, a unique URL to an instant data dashboard, easy-to-read and actionable reports of data. Textocracy offers packages for local government and NHS, corporates, small businesses and community and voluntary groups.
Ticketing services with social responsibility built in, we use our platform to raise charitable funds with booking fees, and support better access to events for those in need.
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Nearly a third of all food grown ends up not being eaten. Winnow works with kitchens small and large to tackle food waste. It helps the hospitality industry tackle avoidable waste by connecting the kitchen to empower chefs to run a more efficient operation. Its core belief is that food is far too valuable to waste, and that technology can transform the way we use food.