« BACK

Fire Starter Festival in Dundee

Transforming Public Services

We invite all those with an interest in innovating public services to join us, and be part of a Scotland-wide event. At events taking place across the country you will gain new insights, connect with new people and organisations, and learn creative skills to make services better. In short, you will be part of a movement that is reinventing Scotland’s public services.

The events in Dundee provide an opportunity to bid for a share of the £20,000 funding available to new projects. The process for bidding is described below. 

The Fire Starter Festival is a Scotland-wide two week celebration and sharing of bold new ways of transforming public services. Events throughout the country not only showcase new approaches and initiatives, but involve individuals and communities creatively in transforming the public realm.

The Festival is supported by Workforce Scotland – a collaborative initiative to develop and support the workforce across public service organisations in Scotland. This will be the third year that the Festival has taken place – but this year Dundee is joining the national celebrations with a whole programme of exciting events.

Who is it for?

Our events will be of interest to:

•   Public sector professionals interested in new ways of doing things.

•   NHS staff looking for practical ways of advancing Realistic Medicine.

• . Third sector professionals keen to share ideas and gain new insights.

•   Those working in businesses committed to public sector renewal.

•   Social entrepreneurs (and budding social entrepreneurs) with new ideas.

•   Hackers, makers and digital tech folk with expertise and creativity to share.

•   Designers looking for challenge and opportunities.

•   Teachers and students who want to learn.

•   Engaged citizens who want to make things happen.

Fire Starter in Dundee

dnd

The Circle, Open Change and UnLtd are working together with other partners to deliver events that will inspire, inform, bring people together and provide practical, creative (yes, and financial) support for new things to happen. We will show you how to pitch for some start up funding that will be offered for new projects during the Fire Starter Festival.

We hope to attract lots of new and budding social entrepreneurs at this event and we’re keen to hear about what’s needed in order for Dundee to become the best place in Scotland to start a new social enterprise! No enterpreneurial experience necessary!

So this is our programme. Unless indicated, all events take place at The Circle, Dundee. And all events are free. You need to book in advance – so just click on the event title below which will take you to the relevant Eventbrite page.

Tuesday 30 January

8.00 am Spark it Up Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is open to anyone who wants to shake the system up a bit or challenge the status quo. Mike Press – of Open Change – will facilitate an informal conversation around topics that participants come up with on the day. There will also be invited guests with special expertise to share. Maybe there’s an issue in your local area that you’d like to address but you’re not sure where to start or you’d just like some inspiration.

10.00 am Rip + Mix: Ideas Generation Workshop

Rip+Mix is a fast, effective and engaging ideas generation tool to help encourage creative and innovative thinking that has been used by organisations worldwide. In a session facilitated by Mike Press, one of the co-creators of this method, you’ll come up with inventive ideas to address issues that are important to you and the place where you live and you might even decide to take your idea forward.

11.00 am Making Ideas Happen: UnLtd

This session in for anyone interested in what we can do to help you take your ideas for social or community change to the next level! Award Manager Eileen Inglis will introduce UnLtd, talk about what we hope to achieve in Dundee over the next five years and tell you how you can pitch for some start up funding during the Firestarter Festival.

12.30 pm What is the Leadership Exchange Programme? 

Location: Scottish Fire & Rescue Service, Blackness Rd

Leadership Exchange is a free programme that pairs cross sectoral leaders from middle, senior and executive levels to improve leadership capacity between peers. This flexible programme gives you the chance to walk in another’s shoes, reflect on your own role and share experiences. All sectors eligible (3rd, public & private).

IMG_5759 copy

Monday 5 February

6.00 pm Demo Crazy Rules: Creative Approaches to Local Change Making

Let’s shout about what local democracy might look like in the future for Dundee – a city in transformation. At this open meeting we’ll use engaging participation to create a creative approach for leading change. Facilitated by Daryl Du Plooy and Open Government.

Tuesday 6 February

8.00 am Spark it Up Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club is open to anyone who wants to shake the system up a bit or challenge the status quo. Mike Press – of Open Change – will facilitate an informal conversation around topics that participants come up with on the day. There will also be invited guests with special expertise to share. Maybe there’s an issue in your local area that you’d like to address but you’re not sure where to start or you’d just like some inspiration.

10.00 am Introduction to the Business Model Canvas

Business planning doesn’t have to be boring! In this session, entrepreneur Alasdair McGill will introduce you to the Business Model Canvas, which is a design-led tool that helps users to visualise a business. This workshop will be fast-paced and interactive and you’ll learn by doing. You’ll never want to write a traditional business plan again after you learn the power of the Business Model Canvas!

11.00 am Making Ideas Happen: UnLtd

This session in for anyone interested in what we can do to help you take your ideas for social or community change to the next level! Award Manager Eileen Inglis will introduce UnLtd, talk about what we hope to achieve in Dundee over the next five years and tell you how you can pitch for some start up funding during the Firestarter Festival.

10.00 am Voices Scotland Dundee: Having your voice heard in health and social care

Location: Figure 8 Consultancy Services Ltd, 30 Whitehall Street

The Scottish Health Council delivers a session providing you with an interactive overview of what we can deliver in partnership, with the aim of building the confidence and skills of staff and members of the public so we can work well together. Exploring storytelling techniques; how personal experience can shape service improvement; and gaining an understanding of health and social care structures.

12.30 pm Learning Lunch with Vertical Motives: Grow through Finding your WHY?

Peter Waggott of Vertical Motives will help you discover how to maximise your business, social enterprise or charity using the powerful business tools of sales and marketing. You’ll be offered the opportunity to sign up for further sessions that will give you the skills and knowledge to maximise your reach and develop a personalised engagement strategy.

Thursday 8 February

3.00 pm Spark Alive!: Participatory Pitching and Entrepreneurial Storytelling

Our grand finale “showcase” event will round off what’s been an exciting week of inspiration, questions, answers, ideas, new connections and friendships and a call to action to make Dundee one of the best places to be a changemaker in Scotland! Join us and our panel of guest speakers who’ll share stories of their entrepreneurial journeys and reveal their top tips for pitching your ideas. We’ll have some early stage social entrepreneurs pitching their ideas, and the audience will have the opportunity to vote to help decide who receives a start-up award from UnLtd. Mike Press from Open Change will host a Q&A with some of Dundee’s most successful entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs and there’ll be an opportunity at the end to enjoy some light refreshments and grab a chat with your favourite speakers.

How to bid for funding support

What the participants are pitching for?

A share of £20,000 worth of grant funding for Dundee. This funding is open to individuals who live in Dundee or the idea you have will benefit Dundee through social good. A good return for a 10 minute pitch that could see your ‘idea grow’. See how to apply below.

‘Do it’ Awards Criteria

These awards are for early stage ideas that need money to run a pilot or to test something out – https://unltd.org.uk/doit/ These awards are made to the individual so no organisational structure is required. The money can’t be used to pay for an individual’s time or large items of capital equipment like laptops. They can be used to help the individual get the essentials in place to try out their idea – things like:

  • Venue hire
  • Rent/rates
  • Insurance
  • Events and catering
  • Legal fees/company set up
  • Website
  • Publicity
  • Branding
  • Small tools, supplies and equipment
  • Travel expenses related to the project
  • Childcare expenses

We have £20,000 available which could translate into five awards of £4,000 or six awards of £3,300. The funding is provided by UnLtd, and will be awarded through the pitching event on 8th February.

Next steps

Fill out the online application by the 26th of January 2018 and emailsimona@thecircledundee.org.uk to say that you’ve done so. If you’ve a broad idea, but don’t feel ready to fill out the form yet, then email simona@thecircledundee.org.uk with your note of interest and say what the idea is. You then have a week to complete the form, and use the events in Fire Starter Festival to help you develop the idea, get inspiration from others and get some specialist advice.

Those shortlisted will be invited to give a 10 minute pitch at our Spark Alive! event (see above) at 3pm on Thursday 8 February.

If you’re nervous about pitching, remember we have specialists on hand to help you do it!

KR PHOTOGRAPHY _13 copy

« BACK