Sophia Parker's blog

Turning a tanker: recreating one of the oldest membership organisations around

I thought I'd share my comments from yesterday's conference at NCVO. I was talking about the RSA's experiences in renewing itself as a membership organisation that's fit for purpose in the 21stC.  read more »

Thoughts on how we engage people via this site

Megan and I met this morning and talked about the research dimension of this project. I've just updated the research page so you can see where we got to.

We also discussed the question of how to engage other key people in membership organisations in our discussions and thinking. I'm sure we'll have a chance to discuss more when we meet face-to-face in a couple of weeks' time, but for now I thought I'd just share our ideas as food for thought.

We know that in order to encourage people to participate there has to be a clear 'ask' and clarity about the terms of engagement. How about creating a series of boxes (or something) on the front page with the key questions we're interested in. So for example:  read more »

Disorganisation and networks

I was sorting out my books at home last night and was reminded of two Demos publications that I think are really interesting and offer some important and useful insights to the context for this project.

The first of these is Disorganisation: why future organisations must 'loosen up'. It's got some great scenarios about the organisations of the future which touches on the issue of affiliation that we want to explore through the research dimension of this project.  read more »

Interim evaluation of the RSA networks project

Hi all

I've just posted the interim evaluation I wrote for the RSA networks project on the networks platform - see here.

Here's what I said - and for ease of access I have also attached the file to this post.

"I've attached here the interim evaluation I wrote for the RSA networks project at the end of February. Thanks to the RSA's partnership with Nesta, we have been able to evaluate and document progress towards the vision of the networks project as we go along.  read more »

Research thoughts

I really hope this posts in the right place of this site as I'm finding it a little hard to navigate!

 At any rate I wanted to add some thoughts from the RSA's perspective about what we'd like to see from this project.

 I suppose the trend that all this discussion is trying to capture is the journey from 'membership' organisations to 'movements', and what that means for the nature, structure, purpose, and business models of existing membership organisations. No mean feat to cover all of this and as someone with a thinktank background the breadth of the issues being asked here makes me a little nervous.  read more »

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