We work across civil society in the UK and beyond helping everyone experience the transformative power of radical learning.
Some of our projects, programmes and ventures include:
Designed and led in partnership with Centre for Knowledge Equity, Ten Years’ Time, and Northern Soul, 2027 is an ambitious ten-year employment and leadership programme. It aims to bring community power into UK grant-making in order to build fairer funding initiatives. Supported by Esmee Fairbairn and the National Lottery Community Fund, it launched in 2018 and opens in October each year.
The Mind Federation
We've worked with colleagues across the Mind Federation on several ventures and projects over the last several years. In addition to facilitating some strategy development, this included a whole-federation project of strategic people development, which aimed to mobilise leaders around the shared mission, connect them across the Federation, and develop a consistent expectation of leadership across the group.
We are currently working with The Local Trust to design and deliver their Community Leadership Academy, a project dedicated to supporting the practice and development of community leadership across England. Delivered in partnership with the Young Foundation and Northern Soul, the project aims to develop a nuanced picture of community leadership and a stronger, more connected movement for community-led change.
Koreo is a gateway provider for the UK's Department of Work & Pensions' Kickstart scheme. We are proud to have mobilised a network of social sector employers to create hundreds of new social change jobs through the Covid-19 pandemic. Using all our experience to convene employers and develop a learning programme to support participants, we have used the opportunity to advocate for inclusive employment in the sector in addition to practically supporting people into jobs.
Lead 365 is a learning programme for students' union officers leading change on campus. It is a flagship all-year-round experience, developed and delivered by Koreo in collaboration with our partners at NUS Charity. The programme works with officers to develop their leadership in the context of the student movement and the unique challenges of their role utilising trained coaches and a suite of specialist masterclasses. It is open to all unions through the NUS Charity Learning Academy.
27 Dingley Place
Also known as Impact Hub Islington, 27 Dingley Place is a co-working and events space in Islington, North London. Initially established by our friends at 00 Architecture, between 2019 and 2022 we managed the space, which aims to bring together social entrepreneurs and local charities as a community of changemakers in the city. If you’re interested in booking the space for an event or taking a desk or office space, please get in touch.
The Health Foundation
We are currently working with the Health Foundation on a co-designed organisational development programme to support them on their journey to becoming a new kind of foundation, able to understand change and best deploy its resources to take action. Over 2 years we have worked with every level of the organisation through a mixture of leadership development, dialogue, and collective inquiry.
Charityworks was our first venture in 2009 and is dedicated to increasing the quality of leadership and management across the UK charity sector. It began as a small pilot before scaling, with the support of the Cabinet Office, to become a national programme. Originally a graduate scheme, it is now an open programme, supporting diverse trainees through a year-long placement and leadership development programme.
Inclusive Students' Unions
We are working with a number of students' unions to build and embed inclusive leadership practices and take practical and tangible action on equity, equality & diversity. Most recently we have started working with Imperial College Union - building on an approach we have led at other students’ unions including Liverpool John Moores, Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as wider work beyond the student movement, to build capacity, understanding and action on EDI, power and privilege.
The Koreo Prize
The Koreo Prize was a national storytelling initiative designed to give young people a platform to investigate and address the defining social issues of our time. The prize was delivered across 2017 with a cohort of judges from across sectors and with categories linked to the UN’s SDGs. The prize is an excellent example of our charitable work, which seeks to address complex social issues by mobilising talented people.
Civic Futures is an experiment in collective leadership and learning, delivered in partnership between Koreo, Dark Matter Labs, the Young Foundation, and the GLA. Bringing together a vibrant mixture of activists, artists, funders, curators, educators, organisers, connectors, technologists, carers, archivists, and more from across London's civil society, the project starts by asking a question; how we can build shared wisdom in making the transition to a better future for London?
Centre for Democracy
Delivered in 2020/21, the Centre was the outcome of an ambitious initiative designed to connect and mobilise the broad movement of people and organisations working towards democratic renewal in the UK. Bringing together the UK Democracy Map, UK Democracy Meetup and other pieces of research, we worked with partners to make the case for the ongoing development of the UK democracy sector including supporting the development of the UK Democracy Handbook funded by Nesta.
Change100 is an internship programme designed to change the UK's employment landscape for university leavers with disabilities and health conditions. We designed, incubated and delivered the programme for Leonard Cheshire Disability before spinning the programme back into the charity after its third year. Change100 grew each year, working with household name employers across public, private and non-profit sectors.
South Bank Students' Union
In 2020, we were commissioned to manage a strategic and operational turnaround of South Bank Students’ Union. Drawing on deep connections to the student movement, we supported the organisation to develop a new articulation of purpose, a culture supported by a new leadership framework, and significantly increased the diversity profile of the union’s staff team. Following that initial 6-month project, we are designing and delivering a learning programme to further embed change.
Over the course of 2020 and 2021 we worked with the Strategic Leadership Group at Crisis to support the development of leadership capacity across the organisation as they build towards a new strategy. Rapidly re-designed to run through the pandemic, the programme has supported 50 leaders at the organisation through a mixture of 360, coaching, workshop space and action learning as they navigated the most challenging and uncertain of periods.