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Apply for https://planplasticfund.com/ by 24 Febuary #72
I missed the initial deadline, but noticed it was still open and have confirmed by phone that I have a little more time. Not much more but...
Since 2014 eQuality Time has delivered research-lead projects for social good. Its recent achievements include: winning the 2015 Inclusive Technology Prize; being named in the 2016 Nominet top 100, alongside projects like #blacklivesmatter and Well Told Story; and being part of the 2018 Comic Relief Tech for Good Cohort.
Our plan has been to build a wide portfolio of different interventions covering radically different problems, and balanced between long and short term, and based on a variety of different income streams. Our projects include creative writing camps that schools pay for directly; projects that help prisoners connect with their young children paid for from prison budgets; and the development of assitive technology for disabled people paid for from grants. Our longest running projects have moved from being grant supported to generating the majority of our running costs.
What unites our projects is a commitment to open design and transparency, as well as designing projects that inventivise end-users to work together for a common goal.
The two major problems with plastic recycling in the UK are consumers aren't recycling enough (https://www.green-alliance.org.uk/resources/A%20zero%20waste%20UK.pdf), and when they do, they are doing it badly (https://www.britishscienceassociation.org/news/british-science-week-lifts-the-lid-on-recycling-misconceptions). Repeated studies have shown that domestic behaviours are most influenced by the actions of neighbours and by providing a simple reward structure.
eQuality Time has recent experience of managing grant-funded projects - most recently, £48,500 from Comic Relief, and £62,000 from Nesta. eQuality Time has a mix of restricted and unrestricted funding and as projects mature and become sustainable there is an increase in earned income. Our licencing of IP to Keele University has produced £15,000 unrestricted income in the last year and we expect to continue.
From a finance perspective, eQuality Time's COO is a member of ACCA and is currently completing a chartered accountancy qualification.
In the wider context, our project will improve all recycling, not just plastic. Moreover, its competitive element will engage people who would not normally be sympathetic with environmental issues to start making positive contributions. Repeated research shows that when an individual starts acting as if they have a particular set of beliefs, they begin to also hold those beliefs. By structuring this project in this way, we have a chance to reach the most reluctant residents and improve their behaviour.
Our project design is entirely focused on the long term maintenance of an immediate change for beyond the project. Our key outcome is "“The recycling that the local authority receives is of a higher grade, and that the grade of recycling remains high six months later,” and our indicators are designed so that it's the long term change we are measuring. We've been careful to base this project design on research which looks at long term behavioural change and, as an example, we have even gone to the extent of checking the rate at which people change the contents of their weekly shop to see if this would affect the reports we should give them.
Firstly we disseminate to other third sector organisations: “This is what we did, this are the results, this is how you would do the same”. Our staff and trustees regularly present at venues ranging from TEDx events to Tech for Good conferences.
I worte it as a power point:
Script for my bit:
Back of envelope budget:
I think at this stage there is about 7 hours work left in this.
In terms of the timing - I need to get the footage tonight. I also need to do the writing tonight so that someone can review it if they get a chance tomorrow.
So actually. In terms of getting it right. The big rock to move as soon as possible is the filming. Then do the video first cut at least. That's a good nights work.
On the other hand, the video doesn't need proofreading so if we have a proofreader, it would be best to get the text done first. Hmm.
Next action - ask for a proofreader...
This is blogged at: http://equalitytime.co.uk/6380/2019/11/14/this-is-rubbish/