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Global Good stars of the future: meet our 2018 ‘Ones To Watch’ who are creating UK-wide change.
The Global Good Awards celebrates organisations and initiatives, of all shapes and sizes, that are working to create a better world: making positive social and environmental change, whilst also driving growth in the global economy.
This year we saw an exceptional amount of entries that showed massive potential across so many areas of sustainability and social impact, but were still relatively young projects, and didn’t have the necessary measured impact to meet the full criteria.
We are sure that we’ll be seeing them again in the not-too-distant future – which is why they are our ‘ones to watch’!
Here are 4 entries which we think have the potential to effect real social and environmental change across the UK. They’re building movements and empowering people, making positive impacts throughout our communities…
Poisoned Playgrounds from Client Earth is an online awareness campaign and resource for parents. It’s an interactive map where you can find out your school’s pollution levels, using data and mapping to activate one of the most emotive points for us all – the health of our children.
Our judges thought that it is just too “early days” for Poisoned Playgrounds to win the Best Agency / Consultancy Campaign category. But we are so excited by how easy this project makes it for the audience to take their response and instantly apply it as practical, positive action; whether that be through the sharing of the map, signing petitions or writing letters to your local MP.
This isn’t just an awareness or advocacy campaign. By putting ownership in the hands of the ‘local stakeholders’, (ie parents) and creating a network, it becomes a brilliant case study on how to take something we all should care about, and makes it real in a way that can’t be ignored.
The website is clear, simple and accessible, making it impossible not to engage with (we’ve all had a go). The judges predict it’ll be really successful in building a U.K.-wide movement over the next 1-2 years, which should have some real, and measurable, positive impacts.
The Best individual Community Project category brought us an ambitious and groundbreaking project, which we’re really excited to see create waves across a wide range of creative sectors. last year launched a scheme, which aims to set new standards on inclusion and diversity in the publishing world.
The scheme aims to find, mentor, and publish work from, under-represented groups, increasing confidence and providing opportunities to enter the publishing world to previously more excluded groups in communities and wider society.
It’s always good to see an organisation trying to lead change, and this initiative could prove groundbreaking; changing perceptions in one field; going on to effect real change across other creative businesses. We all agree that the key to legacy and long term impact here will be change within the industry and actual figures on publishing contracts, and we’re really optimistic that in a couple of years time we’ll be seeing proof of these outcomes.
Similarly, while Tata Consultancy Services may not have won in the Best Education Project category this year, we couldn’t compile a ‘ones to watch’ list without saluting them for their latest, ambitious CSR programme.
Last year the company launched Digital Explorers; a program that gave over 360 students real-life insights into the tech industry during its first edition in London.
Their reach is fully inclusive; Tata goes out of its way to ensure they engage those furthest away from the traditional work experience market. And by offering real world experience, they’ve shown a genuine commitment to including those usually excluded from the possibility of digital careers.
This programme tackles the issue of inclusivity, leaving the students not only with experience, but with qualifications too, ensuring that there is a legacy beyond the experience itself. Like with the Penguin Random House scheme, the judges feel this project has the potential to not only benefit the individual students, but also society as a whole. It would be amazing to see this rolled out across the UK and further disciplines.
Interesting in entering the Global Good Awards in 2019?
It’s not too early to register your interest in entering for 2019. Entries open on 1st December but if you’re registered with us, we can update you on categories, criteria and dates.
Anyone wishing to be part of the Global Good revolution and this unique awards programme can contact Founder, Karen Sutton: karen@GlobalGoodAwards.co.uk