Wednesday, 25 January 2017

New Process Improvement project and FREE half day event on 'Applications of Systems Thinking'

Please find details of a project with Form the Future and information on our next Third Sector SIG meeting on ‘Applications of Systems Thinking’.
Form the Future
Project summary:
Project: Process improvement: Reviewing Form the Future’s two main service delivery processes, to help them move to an online system.
Time commitment: approx. 4 days, though this will need to be checked by the volunteer in the light of information gathered at their first meeting
Location: Cambridge, CB4 2HY. Mix of onsite and remote working
Please read project scope  and if you feel you are able to offer your assistance please complete the application form and return to me along with your CV by midday on Wednesday 8th February.
Information about the organisation:
Charitable objectives:
To help young people learn about the world of work and prepare them for employment
Main activities of the organisation: 
Link schools and businesses to help young people understand the world of work. We run career and employability skill related events at schools, we undertake Health and Safety Checks for Work experience and run a mentoring programme.
If you would like to volunteer on a project but are not able to commit to the full time requirement please let me know as it may be possible to pair you up with another analyst.  Lastly if you would like to work on a project as part of a pair or with the support of a mentor please indicate on your application and we try to facilitate this. 
The OR Society’s Third Sector Special Interest Group is holding a free half day event on ‘Applications of Systems Thinking’ on Friday 17th March (2-5pm) at CAN-Mezzanine, London, SE1 4YR
Systems thinking is a powerful way of understanding the world, and accordingly, systems approaches can be powerful ways of addressing real-world problems. This half-day event is an opportunity to hear from people who are using systems approaches to address community and social issues, and to discuss the potential and the challenges of such approaches.
Speakers include Gerald Midgley, Professor of Systems Thinking at Hull University Business School, talking about resolving stakeholder conflict in a range of community settings; Miles Weaver from Edinburgh Napier University on how systems approaches have helped identify better ways for communities and socially responsible businesses to build value; and Penny Lawrence, Deputy Director of Oxfam, on applying systems thinking to Oxfam’s change programme.
The event should be of interest to third sector managers interested in how systems thinking can be applied to their own challenges; to OR professionals interested in learning about different systems methodologies and their applications; and to anybody interested in how systems thinking can help us to drive change.
To book: The event is free to attend but we expect this to be a very popular event and space is limited, so places must be booked in advance, by visiting:
For further information please contact:

Provisional timetable
2.00-2.05           Introduction/welcome
2.05-2.45           Gerald Midgley
2.45-3.15           Miles Weaver
3.15-3.30           break
3.30-4.00           Penny Lawrence
4.00-4.30           further speaker tbc

4.30-5.00           discussion, informal networking

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