For those of us in the Social Value world, the Social Value UK Members Exchange is an important date in the calendar as it is the time that we can get together with our fellow industry members to see, share and learn about progress across the board.
This year proved to be no different. With 20 sessions held virtually across 4 days, there was plenty of opportunity for discourse on both best practice, and the realities of implementing social value reform across an ever changing social and political landscape.
This year Thrive were proud to sponsor the event. Part of this sponsorship meant we were able to donate a number of tickets for the full 4 days to VCSEs and SMEs, hopefully widening the horizon of social value beyond the remit of councils and large organisations. Social Value is something that everyone can make a difference with, a topic that was reiterated many times throughout the Exchange.
Example of the sessions held include ‘Social Value Frameworks and New Developments from the Built Environment’, ‘A new look at stakeholder engagement: digital tools, participation, and power dynamics’ ‘An insider?s SROI evaluation’ and ‘Social Value and Modern Methods of Construction’ among others. Speakers were drawn from a range of professions; social value consultancies, government bodies and councils, researchers, change makers and even accountants to name but a few, so the wealth of knowledge and practical experience was there to be soaked up and immersed in.
We were especially interested in hearing real life examples of companies and councils who have had social value ideas, turned them into plans, strategies and then results. And with the sector growing at pace, the amount of experience we can draw from at these exchanges will be even more vast next year.
Did you attend the Members Exchange? What did you take from it this year? Have you learned of any new skills or strategies that you hope to implement within your own business? While the virtual event is now over, you can watch replays for the next 30 days here.
If you have come away from this event feeling like you need to learn more about how your company can really report the social value you are providing, get in touch with us for a chat.
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