New OxfordJam website is up!

The new OxfordJam website is up and running.  Go to www.oxfordjam.org.uk for all details of the event, to get involved and and to book into any of the sessions.

New OxfordJam website on its way

Things are picking up some momentum with OxfordJam.  Alise Kirtley is now in post as events production intern and has spent the last few days getting up to speed.  Alise has two degrees, one in astrophysics and one in classical composing, so we can be sure that the entertainment at OxfordJam will be out of this world!

A website has been commissioned which we hope will go live within maybe 10 days.  Content is starting to shape up nicely and a range of great contributors have stepped forward and stepped up to the challenge.

We’ll be keeping our heads down until the website is up and running – then we’ll be making some noise.  So watch this space.

In the mean time there is still plenty of room for people to get involved.  Don’t hesitate to get in touch if there is a burning theme you want to bring to the party or a meeting that’s calling out to be held…

Oh and you might have noticed – the event is now “OxfordJam” rather than “OxJam” as it turns out Oxfam have a range of fundraising events local to Oxford that they have branded as OxJam!  Such is life…

Oxjam10 themes are starting to take shape

Suggestions for themes and the format for Oxjam10 have been coming in, following the call out to supporters for content and structure.  This is our event so if you have an idea and are convinced that it’s a fit with what Oxjam10 is all about then get in touch.  Oxjam10 is about shaping the event together – so get involved…

So far supporters of Oxjam10 have come forward and proposed the following themes:

  • A support sector skills swap
  • Environmental enterprises

Proposers, in both cases, have come forward suggesting clear structures and benefits from running these themes and offering to lead the development of each.  They’ll be working up structure and content over the next few weeks.

Other themes proposed but where lead, focus and content is yet to become clear are:

  • Asset based development
  • Social finance / Impact investing
  • Education
  • “Recession busting”
  • “No more heroes?” (the proposal that the time for hero social entrepreneurs has passed)
  • Measuring impact
  • An academic exchange.

Additional, replacement or refining of these themes can be proposed by anyone.  We’d love to hear your ideas about the themes: – how you might benefit and how you might contribute.  We are also keen to hear from people who can make the case to develop and lead one of the above themes, or suggest a new one.

Final themes will need to be confirmed at some point in February.  Final confirmation of themes needs to wait until Skoll publish their programme to ensure Oxjam10 compliments the Forum.

Oxjam10 is recruiting an events production intern

Oxjam10 is looking for a Producer/Developer to manage the production of The Oxford Jam, a co-created space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over, 14th – 16th April 2010 in Oxford.

The job includes shaping and developing an un-conference format, raising sponsorship and in-kind support, managing relationships with and input from contributors, developing and delivering an outstanding programme, selling tickets and developing and managing all aspects of this ‘must-be-there’ event for Skoll World Forum delegates and social entrepreneurs in the UK.

Job Title:         Oxjam10 Producer/Developer

Purpose:            To develop and produce all aspects of Oxjam10.  To build the partnerships, funding base, audience, online community and brand of Oxjam10 in 2010 and to establish Oxjam10 as a major event in the social entrepreneurship calendar.

The post holder will report to Ben Metz, initiator of Oxjam10.  Day to day support and guidance will be available from Jess Tyrell, Director of Germination – the events production company.

Salary:

£20,000 pro rata.

Based:

Shoreditch, East London and Oxford (during the conference).

Terms:

  • Up to 12 week freelance contract
  • Anticipated workload is:
    • Two weeks full-time immediately for event start-up
    • Circa two days a week for four to six weeks in the run up to the event
    • Two weeks full time before, during and after the event.
  • Office or home based, flexible working environment
  • Regular team meetings
  • Support from initiation and Germination Director + office/IT systems

Person specification:

The successful intern will have:

  • A commitment to the social economy
  • A commitment to the co-creation of the event
  • Relevant events production experience
  • An articulate, clear, empathic speaking and writing style in English
  • An ability to network widely with very diverse social groups
  • A familiarity in working with popular office software
  • A familiarity with the web and popular social media
  • An ability to work independently, and ask for guidance as needed
  • A willingness to work both alone and as part of a small team.

Applications:

In writing, detailing applicants fit to the person specification, accompanied by a CV to mail (at) benmetz (dot) org.

Deadline for applications is 5pm Friday 5th February.  Due to the short timescale of the project an appointment may be made prior to this date.

Oxjam10 JustGiving page is open.

So today, 20th January, is when the Oxjam10 pledge expires on http://www.pledgebank.com.

61 people have signed up to contribute.  It’s not the 100 we were looking for but it’s a great start.  And a couple of foundations and sponsors are on board with small contributions so the $10,000 budget is in place and we can move ahead!

The next step is for all those who pledged to contribute.  You can do this via JustGiving at http://www.justgiving.com/oxjam10.

An outline of how the funds will be accounted for and managed can be found on the JustGiving page.

If you are interested in taking part in the steering group then please drop me a line at mail@benmetz.org.

For the time being, until an email list is set up, please check up on progress at https://oxfordjam.wordpress.com/.

thanks and all the best.

OxJam10 – Sign up and pass it on!

Below is the text of an email going out today.  Round one of rounding up the 100 pledgers…

Sign up and pass it on!

Be one of 100 people to contribute $100 to fund OxJam10, the fringe to the Skoll World Forum in 2010.

http://www.pledgebank.com/OxJam10

100 people are needed to contribute US$100 each to OxJam10, a self organising unconference running in parallel to Skoll in Oxford – 14th – 16th April 2010.  Please consider signing up to contribute financially.  If we invest now we can co-create a fantastic extension to the most important event in support of social entrepreneurs, globally.

OxJam10 will create a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over.  Running in parallel to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford in April 2010, OxJam10 is a human scale response to the opportunities for learning and development presented by the Forum. Time and time again, over the history of the Forum, attendees report the most valuable parts of the event are in the halls at Said Business School and the bars around the event. Oxjam10 extends and allows participants to shape this space before arrival. And it opens this space up to people previously unable to attend Skoll.

For more information and to pledge go to http://www.pledgebank.com/OxJam10

Here’s hoping to find 100 engaged people quickly committing to this pledge!

Pledge $100 to kick start OxJam10

OxJam10 is being established as a self organising unconference, creating a space for the nurturing of social economy and social finance projects the world over.

If you are reading this – this is your event.  Get involved and shape it as you see fit.  Activities will be proposed by participants through a wiki in the weeks leading up to the event.

Running in parallel to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship in Oxford over 14th – 16th April 2010 OxJam10 is a human scale response to the opportunities for learning and development presented by the Forum.  Time and time again, over the history of the Forum, attendees report the most valuable parts of the event are in the halls at Said Business School and the bars around the event.  Oxjam10 extends and allows participants to shape this space before arrival.  And it opens this space up to people previously unable to attend Skoll.

The venue has a 250-300 person capacity across five spaces and is one minute from the main Skoll venue.

Here’s how it will work…

Step one – 100 people contribute $100 through this pledge – and then through justgiving.  This will provide for basic staffing, materials and venue costs.  Pledge at http://www.pledgebank.com/OxJam10.

Step two – A steering group comes forward from these 100 people and we employ an intern/limited production capacity.

Step three – We set up a wiki, publicise to folk interested in contributing and attending the event and then we let people do their thing.  The steering group keeps a level of ‘editorial control’ to ensure coherence but essentially, as is the way with barcamps and unconferences, participants co-create the agenda.

Step four – We all attend a fantastically successful event…

If you contribute financially to this event then you need to know all funds will be accounted for on an open book basis with details being published on the wiki.  All funds will be placed through a UK registered charity so you can be sure they are being deployed only and directly for public benefit through the creation of Oxjam10.  Full details of financial management arrangements will be presented before you hand over any cash.

For more information go to https://oxfordjam.wordpress.com/.  This is a holding blog.  A wiki will be established shortly.

One last thing.  OxJam10 will be an event we are all proud to be associated with so let’s start as we mean to go on.  If you are planning to commit $100 it would be great if you could list your name on the pledge, rather than contribute anonymously.

Here’s hoping to a 100 engaged people quickly committing to this pledge!