Posts Tagged ‘skills’

our first open innovation skills sharing evening ..

December 6, 2013

AgeUKPilotKnitting

Learning to knit whilst fundraising for Age UK Bromley & Greenwich

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Guest blog by Kim Day  from Age UK

Over the past 18 months, Age UK has been part of the Nesta Open Innovation Programme working to develop our first Open Innovation product. Along the way it has been a journey of trials and tribulations. We have challenged our way of thinking. We have had to relook at our initial ideas and go back to the drawing board on more than one occasion.

Through all of this we have worked hard with our Open Innovation Coach Kim and Nesta’s Alice Casey to explore different options. We have also developed partnerships with Ecomodo and Age UK Bromley and Greenwich to create our Age UK Bromley and Greenwich Wealth of Experience circle. From all this hard work and amazing partnerships we were able to host our first Open Innovation skills sharing evening!

Last Thursday one of our Age UK volunteers taught two supporters to knit for the first time. The evening was hosted in a local restaurant where food and drink was shared. Our new knitters were quite excited to learn came armed with lots of patterns, needles and wool. Their ambition and excitement almost got the better of them and was agreed we would start with a simple cat blanket and simpler jumper. The group have agreed to meet our Age UK volunteer over the course of the next few weeks to help the projects progress.

The Age UK supporters were thrilled to be part of the Age UK Bromley and Greenwich Wealth of Experience knowing that while they are learning to knit they are also able to help an older person. They found out about the programme through the Ecomodo site and are looking forward to try other skills sharing activities. They are also eager to become volunteers to help an older person in their community either through the skills sharing platform or their local Age UK.

This is the first of many Open Innovation skills sharing projects that we hope to showcase over the next few months.

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wealth of experience ..

October 15, 2013

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Over the last nine months we have been working in partnership with Age UK to look at ways to raise donations for the charity while reducing isolation in old age. The work to date has been focused around testing the idea, exploring options and uncovering barriers specifically in relation to supporting vulnerable people.

Focusing around the sharing of time and skills and in alliance with Age UK Bromley and Greenwich, a pilot scheme has just been launched across the borough. The ‘Wealth of Experience’ pilot puts local residents who need a task doing in touch with Age UK Bromley and Greenwich timebank volunteers who can do it, in return for a suggested donation.

By utilising existing volunteers to offer their services through Ecomodo not only enables them to fundraise for Age UK Greenwich and Bromley but delivers extra peace of mind to vulnerable people who need help as each of their volunteers have been previously vetted.

To bring together all of their volunteers within Ecomodo, Age UK Bromley and Greenwich created a ‘Wealth of Experience’ lending circle that only vetted volunteers can join, enabling people to browse their offers in one place. As Age UK Bromley and Greenwich is one of ecomodo’s good causes, any of our lenders can choose them as a charity to fundraise for but only vetted individuals will be able to join their circle.

If you live in the area of Bromley & Greenwich are are interested in utilising your skills and becoming a vetted volunteer please contact Age UK Bromley and Greenwich to set up a vetting meeting.

Alternatively, feel free to list items on Ecomodo and select Age UK Bromley and Greenwich as your chosen good cause. If you’re not sure what to lend? Click here to Get inspired.

This project has been funding by the Cabinet Office, through Nesta’s Open Innovation programme.

tinsel, time and treats ..

December 15, 2011

 

Last night, I was invited to attend a lovely event hosted by Net Impact London and the Hub Islington. Net Impact is a worldwide network of amazing individuals committed to using the power of business to improve the world and with diverse backgrounds brings together an eclectic mix of knowledge, experience and ideas. Islington was the pioneering hub of now 30 around the world that provides inspiring spaces for like-minded people to come together to work on their initiatives and cross-fertilize ideas. It was lovely to finally get the opportunity to visit Hub Islington – the place where it all started.

Using Christmas as a catalyst for giving and sharing, the purpose of the evening was to bring everyone together to mix, have fun and inspire ‘sharing’ over glass of mulled wine and mince pie.

To kick-start the evening, first up was Phillippa Banister, who recently joined Spots of Time. Spots of Time is an interesting idea based around making it easy for anyone to do fun bite-size activities to benefit others in their community. As Spots of time is based around 12 core activities, we were asked by Phillippa to split into 2 groups and play out two of these. We choose to “create a quiz” and “create a play list” and of course each had to have a ‘christmassy’ theme.

Following I gave a little introduction to Ecomodo describing how it works, some of reasons why lending everyday goods, skills and spaces is good for pocket, people and the planet and how we could re-invent christmas – together.

To uncover the hidden talents in the room, I ended with a wee game, asking each participant to take two stickies (one green, one orange) and offer a skill they would share and describe something they needed. The diversity of skills in the room was incredibly interesting covering professional services, hobbies and advice. As people mingled, several whoops came from the crowd as matches were made. And I’m still amazed that by simply making visible the things people are willing to share, how many new opportunities are sparked in my head – ideas that I hadn’t considered before.

After the party, I started to think about how contagious sharing is. Having spent the evening with a great bunch of engaging people, the very warmth and openness of the event must have left me with a distinct demeanor. As I made my way way home, it seemed to rub off on passers-by and I found myself in conversation with all sorts of people – a chap from Northolt on the tube, a homeless man outside Waterloo and a lady from Winchester. It just goes to show a little sharing can go a long way. Merry Christmas!

how to make money with ecomodo ..

July 10, 2011

Have you got a spare drill, ladders or a pushchair you’re keeping hold of until your next child grows into it? If so, why not put it to work and make some money!

Ecomodo.com is an effortless way to make some spare cash simply by renting out your household goods, your skills and any spaces you may have available. And you can save money too by borrowing the things you only occasionally need.

From lawnmowers to tents; golf clubs to awnings, Ecomodo lets you to list your items to lend and see what others have on offer. Items can be lent for free or as a lender you are able to charge for an item, and choose if you want to keep the fee or make a donation to charity.

People all around the UK have started to use ecomodo.com to lend their stuff to make money and save by borrowing.

Recently, Jon made £24 from lending his petrol hedge strimmer to a neighbour just for the weekend. And David from Reading, whilst on holiday in Guernsey, borrowed 2 Kayaks, earning Andre £12 from stuff that would otherwise have been idle.

Byron from Edinburgh fixed his shelves and saved £50 by not having to fork out for a new drill when he borrowed one locally from Jeremy for free. And Jayne in London borrowed Vicky’s iPad for a week to continue with her college work whilst her laptop was in for repair. From the lend Vicky raised £21.16 for a favourite charity The Princes Trust.

To buy these items would have cost the borrowers well over £1000 and though the lenders haven’t earned huge amounts from their stuff it only took a few minutes work.

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6 steps to start making money with Ecomodo ..

1. Sign up to Ecomodo. It’s FREE and always will be!

2. Think about all the stuff around home. Look under your bed and in your shed for those items gathering dust that you only occasionally use. And if can’t think of anything > Get inspired.

3. Take photos of your items and add them on our web-site to lend. It’s FREE to add items – so add as many items as you like.

4. Enter a description, choose a price to lend (for a day, weekend or week) and opt to take a deposit or insurance for extra peace of mind. And don’t forget to upload your photos.

5. Sit back and wait until a borrower in your area needs your item.

6. When you recieve a request – through the site send a message to arrange a convenient time to collect and return. At the end of the transaction receive your cash direct to your Paypal account! Simples!

DON’T Forget: You can add skills and spaces too: Anything from helping someone with a spot of gardening to teaching how to make a fish stew; a spare room to a beach hut.

Lend with confidence on Ecomodo.com. Available throughout the UK.

the race is on ..

August 10, 2010

Race Online 2012 logo

We all understand the advantages with being online: it helps us save time and money, earn some extra cash, get educated, stay connected, make new friends – oh and of course borrow the stuff we need from our neighbours. But ..

There are 9 million people in the UK that have never used the internet and to me, that’s a lot of people. Some of these people are the most disadvantaged within our communities who could benefit most from being online. So we thought – Ecomodo can help – and have signed up to Race Online 2012 to do just that.

Race Online 2012 is a fantastic challenge to everyone in the UK. The ambition is to make the UK the first nation in the world where everyone can use the web. We, at Ecomodo, believe a lot of the resources needed to help people online are already lying hidden within our communities- we just need to make them visible. We want internet savvy people like you to help those who are not online, so they can start to benefit from using the internet.

Join the race: Here’s 3 ways to use ecomodo.com to help ..

1. Lend out your spare kit ..

Do you have spare gear lying around your home or office; a desktop you’re keeping just in case or old laptop? If so, why not lend it out? The first step for many is just feeling more confident using a computer, so even without internet connection getting access to a computer could really help someone take the first step.

2. Share your skills ..

Can you lend a hand and share your IT skills? Could you teach someone basic computer or internet skills; how to buy and sell on Ebay; get connected on Facebook or of course use Ecomodo. An hour or two of your time could make all the difference. Here’s some great tips to help you feel more comfortable about sharing your skills

3. Lend a workstation at your office or your home ..

Do you have spare workstations at your office that could be lent out by the hour? Would you be willing to have someone over for tea and let them use your computer? The more people can gain access to the internet the more their confidence will grow and grow.

It’s easy to get started – just add an item to lend. And if you know someone who needs kit, training or access to get online – post a wanted ad for them and help them find a local resource nearby. Go on .. feel good and help someone in your neighbourhood – get online.

Play online .. stay online !

The first hurdle is to get more people feeling comfortable being online; the second, is to help them stay online – so here’s an obvious answer. Using Ecomodo people can lend out their household products, their skills or even a spare space to earn the money they need buy the kit, get connected and stay connected in their own home.

horray .. we’re live !

April 1, 2010

Today is a red-letter day. Ecomodo has gone live. So here’s a little bit about what we’re about the marketplace of good returns

Ecomodo is an online service that enables people to lend and borrow each other’s everyday objects, skills and spaces with confidence. They can do this for free, for a fee or for charity. Ecomodo facilitates the transaction to make good returns for all.

Ecomodo enriches a local community by enabling people to ..

  • Make and save money : Earn money by lending the assets already owned. Save hard earned cash by borrowing the things not needed often.
  • Do a good turn : Donate proceeds to a favourite good cause or simply help the people around by sharing assets.
  • Lend and borrow confidently : Control who can borrow items by joining or creating trusted lending circles. Choose insurance or deposits for extra peace of mind.
  • Live a richer life : Gain access to the things needed to follow dreams, pursue interests and do the boring jobs more quickly.
  • Be green : Reduce collective effect on the environment by pooling resources.

Join the marketplace of good returns at www.ecomodo.com

Invite people and pool your resources ..

Get the most out of Ecomodo by pooling your assets. Create a circle for your street, village, town, workplace, charity, club, school, PTA, university, faith centre, hospital, coffee shop, interest group, local action group or evenwith the people you meet whilst walking your dog! Use your circles of trust to control who can borrow your items. Find out more about circles ..

Register your charity or good cause  ..

If you run a charity or not-for profit group, register it as a good cause on Ecomodo to let our members donate their earnings to you. Create a circle to promote your good cause and help your staff, volunteers and members by pooling the assets they have. Register your good cause for free.

So, whether you are an individual, charity, community group, school, or any other public or private organization find out how you can get involved.

Not sure what to lend ? Get inspired |  Need to borrow something ? Post a wanted ad |  Learn more about ecomodo

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