6th Birmingham CSR Summit 

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BIRMINGHAM 6th CSR SUMMIT 2017: Tech for Good!

This event has been postponed until a later date - to be confirmed.

This year’s Birmingham CSR Summit will be different; in addition to the main Summit session, delegates will have the opportunity to attend one or, depending on demand, more Pre-Summit Workshops.  The Pre-Summit Workshops will be held on various dates in September, followed by the Summit on Friday 6 October at i-Centrum in Birmingham, 9.00 - 14.00. 

Each of the Pre-Summit Workshops will be facilitated by experts in their respective fields.  As an integral part of the programme, we will also be challenging the tech industry to put forward ideas and solutions to help address issues faced in each field.

We believe that this format will greatly increase the opportunity for delegates to participate and share their views.The fields chosen for our Pre-Summit Workshops will be those pressing community and social issues facing our city (and indeed the nation) today:

1. Homelessness 

2. Education

3. Employability and skills for ex-offenders 

4. Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

5. Mental Health 

For full details on the pre-summit workshops, please see below.

Pre-Summit Workshop sessions will follow the pattern Issues – Challenges & Needs – Solutions. Facilitators will present short feedback to the Summit session where attendees will also be invited to contribute their views.  Representatives from the Tech Sector will also contribute on the theme of Tech for Good. As always, we anticipate a lively audience from the corporates, public sector, charities and academia.   

Registration fee is £48.00; this fee entitles delegates to attend the Summit session, one Pre-Summit Workshop* of their choice and all refreshments including a light buffet lunch. Please note that attending the Pre-Summit Workshop is optional and is not compulsory.

* Places on second Pre-Summit Workshops will be made available to delegates at the discretion of the organisers, depending on pattern of demand. Please email m.podsiadly@aston.ac.uk with your 2nd choice. Places are limited to 25 per workshop.


  • Dr Judy Scully 
    Senior Lecturer 
    Aston Business School        
  • Dr Nick Venning
    Thrive CSR Network
  • Joel Blake OBE
    Founder & Managing Director
    Cultiv8 Solutions Consulting

Agenda: Main summit, 6 October

Opening Events

9:00am Registration & coffee
9:30am Welcome 
9:35am Employabiliy and skills for ex-US offenders
Today's agenda

Professor George Feiger, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Executive Dean, Aston Business School
Dr Judy Scully, Senior Lecturer, Work and Organisational Psychology Group, Aston University

09:45 – 11:00, Pre- Summit Workshop Reports

Employability and skills for ex-offenders
Social enterprise and entrepreneurship
Wellbeing and mental health

Colin Diamond, Executive Director of Education, Birmingham City Council
Jean Templeton, Chief Executive, St Basils
Leo McMulkin, Cheif Operating Officer, ACIVICO
Mick Westman, Quick Code Labs

Ian Ravenscroft, BBC3

11.00 - 11.15: Refreshment break

11.15am: Debating the issues: Panel and Views from the floor
12.45pm Summation: A Call to Arms
1:00pm Summit Close
1:00pm - 2:00pm Light refreshments & Social Conversazione 
Joel Blake OBE, Cultivat8 Solutions (Facilitator)

Nick Venning, Co-Chair, Thrive


Pre-Summit Workshops (Optional) 

1. Housing and Homelessness 

As anyone living or working in Birmingham will know, homelessness and rough sleeping are on the rise.  Why is this?  What can/should be done about it?  In this workshop, we will examine the causes, trends and the roles of government, society and business in moving towards a sustainable solution.

Facilitator: Jean Templeton, Chief Executive, St Basils
Tuesday 5th September, 18.00 to 20.00. 
Venue: St Basils, Heath Mill Lane, Birmingham, B9 4AX

2. Education 

Education, Education, Education!  Education is the key to social and economic advancement.  How are we doing in Birmingham?  Well, better than some of the media would have us believe ….we will demonstrate the progress made in Birmingham and present some excellent best practice.  However, many challenges remain for our schools, policy makers and indeed for employers who, as end consumers, have a vital role to play.  

Facilitator: Colin Diamond, Executive Director of Education, Birmingham City Council.
Wednesday 13th September, 18.00 to 20.00.
Venue: Aston University Engineering Academy, 1 Lister St, Birmingham, B7 4AG

3. Employability and skills for ex –offenders 

Ex-offenders, particularly in younger age groups, present some of the highest unemployment rates in the country.  Unemployed ex-offenders are in the worst employment position and need skill acquisition and jobs.  Many ex-offenders would welcome the opportunity to work.  What ideas do we have so that they acquire necessary skills and employment? 

Facilitator: Leo McMulkin, Chief Operating Officer, Acivico
Tuesday 19th September, 17.30 to 19.30. 
Venue: Adrian Cadbury Lecture Theatre, Aston Business School, , B4 7ET

4. Social Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

We’re often told that entrepreneurship and small business are the lifeblood of a growing economy and employment.  Through employment, all business contributes to social good.  But some businesses go the extra mile.  In this workshop, we will look at these businesses and the importance of providing the right environment and support to help them flourish.

Facilitator: Mick Westman
Thursday 21st September, 18.00 – 20.00
Venue: i-Centrum, Holt Street, Birmingham, B7 4BP

5. Wellbeing & Mental Health 

Right now, mental health is right at the top of the media agenda.  But this is not a new issue; mental health has long been a bane of stable family life, employer-employee relations and a huge unrecognised drain on our social services and health system.  In this workshop, we will highlight the main causes and debate the potential solutions. 

Facilitator: Ian Ravenscroft, BBC 3  
Tuesday 26th September, 18.00 -20.00
Venue: BBC The Mailbox, 102-108 Wharfside St, Birmingham B1 1RE

For further details please contact: 

Cancellation Terms and conditions

4 weeks or more receive a 50% refund
4 weeks prior to the event – we regret no refund can be given however a substitute delegate is always welcome.

Please email m.podsiadly@aston.ac.uk to let us know if you'd like to do this.


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