Jane Watkinson has a first class BA (Hons) degree in Sociology from the University of Leeds, where she was twice awarded the Wheeler Memorial Fund Prize for her outstanding academic achievement, and then passed with Distinction her Masters in Politics With Research Methods at the University of Sheffield. Her community project evaluations have received praise from the grant funding sector – including the Heritage Lottery Fund’s development team using her evaluations as an example of best practice. Another evaluation was used as a case study in an NCVO report to highlight the value of funding small organisations to engage with disadvantaged communities – which was distributed to the Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency, ESF, Local Enterprise Partnerships, and across the regional grant management bodies. Jane has long been interested in studying radical social, economic, and political theory and how this can be applied in practice.
Jay Baker has been active in social enterprise for twenty years in both Britain and Canada, is a Fellow of the School for Social Entrepreneurs and was a founding director of Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance (ROAR) and a former elected director of Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Public Interest Research Group (LSPIRG). He is qualified in youth work, coaching, teaching, and in managing voluntary and community organisations, and has a Diploma in Media from the University of Leeds. He is well versed in multimedia, is passionate about the punk DIY ethic, and has directed and produced documentaries, written books, and developed from scratch successful brands, as well as taken on public speaking engagements to audiences of hundreds of people. Jay has been a long-time propaganda critic and is interested in how media and communications can be used for social good.
We are enthusiastic about the realisation of radical ideas, as well as social activism, democratisation of the workplace and economy, basic income, urban rights, veganism, comic books, open source, football and the starting point for all of these: coffee!