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The F Word: Learning through failure

The F Word: Learning through failure

Upshot and the Sports Think Tank are teaming up to unveil a brand new conferencing event, as they bid to revolutionise the management of charities.


Fri, 10/19/2018 - 09:00 to Sat, 10/20/2018 - 08:45


London’s Living Room, London City Hall
110 The Queens Walk
United Kingdom

Upshot, a digital impact measurement organisation, and the Sports Think Tank, an independent think tank dedicated to UK sporting policy, have joined forces to curate ‘The F Word’, an event which seeks to explore how third sector organisations can work together to learn from their failures and develop best practice strategies for dealing with them.

Held at London’s City Hall on 19 October, the one-day conference will bring together organisations from the world of sport, government and beyond to discuss the potential for adopting ‘Black Box Thinking’ within the third sector.

The strategy has been used primarily within the airline industry, where information provided through aircraft data recorders has been used to aid the development of new best practice documentation. Prominent journalist and broadcaster, Matthew Syed, is a particular advocate of this approach, having published a book on the subject in September 2015.

If adopted in the third sector, organisations would be able to take a similarly analytic approach to industrial failures, with companies joining forces to ensure the same mistakes are not made again in future.

The event will give industry representatives the opportunity to hear from a number of prominent speakers, including a senior representative from the London Mayor’s Office, Google and leading UK charities. There will be further opportunities to take part in extensive workshops to analyse previous practices employed by third sector bodies.

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