Posts By: Rachael

Spring Inspiration: Exploring Risk, Accountability, and Radical Collaboration

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Oxford in spring is a melting pot of ideas and fresh perspectives. I am feeling re-energised after recent encounters and sessions at Skoll World Forum and Marmalade and find myself reflecting on the abundance of ideas and insights from so many amazing people. Here are some key takeaways that have left a lasting impression:  Additionally, […]

Radical Collaboration

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Radical collaboration is essential for those working towards transformation of social and environmental outcomes. I recommend the book “Radical Collaboration – Five Essential skills to overcome defensiveness and build successful relationships” by James W. Tamm and Ronal J. Luvet (2004, HarperCollins) for those interested in delving deeper. They focus on building collaborative intention, truthfulness, accountability, […]

A message for 2023, from all of us at Ethicore

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It is such a privilege to know how many of you incredible people are making change happen day in, day out. You let us in to your world and we experience your passion and commitment to impact. It gives us hope. This year we have worked with remarkable people and organisations who are working to: […]

Disrupted Development Funding 2030

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As the damage of the pandemic continues globally, with 100 million more people pushed into extreme poverty1, the disruption in development funding is in critical focus.  Devastating cuts to aid are already being felt.  Fundraisers are adapting to the shift in aid spending and seeking routes to close the immediate funding gap.  Once seen as an area for exploration, the ability to unlock development finance is now essential. Significant not just to access established funding from institutions, but to close the gap to the ambition of the SDGs.  The environmental movement has demonstrated that leveraging finance can mobilise large […]

HOPE for 2021

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A message of hope for 2021, from all of us at Ethicore.

What can Partnership Development Learn from Sales?

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By Jane Thurlow,  Ethicore Associate Talking to a friend with a lifetime’s experience in sales, I was struck by how good sales strategies can be used to inform approaches to successful partnerships.  Astute sales people understand the art of collaboration and relationship building more than most and have a battery of tools, which can be […]

Partnerships: An evolution

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By Jane Thurlow All good models for relationships evolve over time. Think 21st century marriages – more flexible, more diverse, more in tune with the needs of both parties. Partnerships are evolving too: to be more strategic, more targeted, more valuable for both partners. The traditional philanthropic model is being replaced by embedded partnerships, focused […]


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By Rachael Clay/Jane Thurlow ‘Begin with the end in mind’ is not just a self-help rule*. It’s an effective guide to planning for impact. When we are ‘modelling change’ with an organisation or initiative, we get people to start with the change they want to see. Social and environmental change is complex. It’s changeable. Focusing […]


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    Genuine insight is based on deep understanding.  Understanding  your stakeholders, your environment and your future.  In Insight for Impact, the fourth in our Design for Impact Series, we consider how to  go deeper to access genuine insight, and build a solid platform for sustainable impact.