October 30, 2013
Key Questions from the Public Service Launchpad Webinar
The Public Service Launchpad will turn early ideas into successful change initiatives and ventures to impact lives by giving innovators across the sector access to the support they need.
The programme is focussed on the big issues of our time: older people, adults’ and children’s services, local growth & supporting people on low incomes, and multi-agency integration.
We held a webinar this week, led by Joost Beunderman, to talk to people interested in how Public Service Launchpad will turn early ideas into successful change initiatives and ventures to impact lives by giving innovators across the sector access to the support they need.
Joost is one of the Co-Founders of Hub Launchpad and a director of Impact Hub Islington, the first in the global network of now over 40 co-working communities that support social start-ups.
The slides from a webinar by Joost on the Public Service Launchpad are below and you can find the recording of the webinar here: http://bit.ly/17cyA0V (just add any name to access).
Francis Sealey, organiser of the GlobalNet21 community, hosted the webinar. Globalnet21 is the leading forum in the UK for discussing the major issues in the 21st Century, making the debate, and democracy, more accessible by enlarging the Public Square and using social networks.
You can find below the key questions that were asked about the Public Service Launchpad, covering the structure of the programme and how is looking to address the big issues of our time.
Q. How do you define ‘Public Service’ for the purposes of this programme?
We wanted to use the widest definitions of people. Sometimes when you give the call out to programmes like this, the filter is too narrow and excludes too many people. The Public Service Launchpad was designed to include everyone who cares about Public Services.
You might be someone from the frontline working in social care, or outside the public sector but having a project or service to change and improve public service. From housing associations to local government workers to entrepreneurs. We wanted as diverse an application pool as possible.
Q. If you are unable to commit time to the scholarship can you still apply to the accelerator programme?
You do not need to apply for the scholarship or have been a scholar to apply for the accelerator. It would be useful as you have 4 months to refine and develop your ideas, have peer support and mentoring and feedback.
But there is nothing to prevent you from first engage with what the scholars are doing and look at the social media activity from the programme, and reports and documents that we’re writing to take inspiration from.
We are also looking for collaborators and people working on the outside opt public services and want to join in. If you see something from outside the scholarship that fits with your project or activity and you feel it would be helpful to jump in as an expert, please get in touch.
And we look forward to your application for the accelerator when the applications open at the end of October.
Q. What is the measure of success?
Diversity: With being successful in bringing people from across the sector and outside the sector to bring change.
Addressing real problems: Are we making sure the projects that are being developed are addressing a real problem. How do you know it’s a real problem? Is it addressing the problem?
Not reinventing the wheel: We don’t need to create a service from scratch if it exists already.
Social impact, sustainability and job creation: This obviously takes longer to measure and some aspects are abstract but we need to measure real local impact. Are the ventures sustainable? And are they creating jobs?
Q. Can registered charities, social enterprise or CICs join the accelerator?
Take a look at the list of projects we’d have loved to gave funded. What is common is that they have clear social impact. There are some restrictions – e.g. we are looking to fund projects, not whole charities – but more information will be available soon.
Q. For the accelerator programme, what are the criteria you’re using to assess entry (eg. innovation, breadth and scale of impact, subject matter) and what is the importance of each factor?
There is an event coming up that will explain more, so register for that here if you want to learn more about the accelerator: “Is the Hub Launchpad accelerator for you?“
Q, Is there an age limit?
You just need to be over 18.
Q. Can you put up a couple of links to where further information may be obtained from?
Take a look at the information on http://publicservice.hublaunchpad.net/