Catalyst project: Coffee Connections

Making it easier for people in the charity sector to connect with and learn from each other.

Tori Ellaway
Nov 27, 2019 · 2 min read

General details

  • Outcome area: Practice & Network

Summary of work

Randomised Coffee Trials is based on this Nesta initiative. The trial has now evolved into Coffee Connections.

Coffee Connections is a scheme to help charity and non-profit staff connect with others within the sector and have conversations about their roles, projects and charities. Once a person has signed up, they are matched completely randomly with another charity worker by email. Then it’s up to them to arrange a coffee or a remote call, if they’re not based in the same city or area.

More on this work

See the CAST Coffee Connections landing page.

Intended output

Lots of coffee meet-ups over 6 months, then tweak the process if necessary.
Feedback on other useful ways of matching people up: location, causal area, size of charity, etc.

Fit with Catalyst purpose

By linking two people up in a completely random fashion, we’re hoping to create more connections between charities and: “Galvanise an effective, sustainable and collaborative cross-sector network to drive sector change.”

And by enabling conversations about digital and other things, we hope that this will contribute to: “A growing number of nonprofits making effective use of digital, design and data to improve their services and their organisational resilience

Key contacts

If anyone would like to discuss or build on this work, please get in touch:

The Catalyst

UK collaborative to bring a social purpose to the digital revolution. From CAST, City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief, DCMS, Esmée Fairbairn, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.

Tori Ellaway

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The Catalyst

UK collaborative to bring a social purpose to the digital revolution. From CAST, City Bridge Trust, Comic Relief, DCMS, Esmée Fairbairn, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and The National Lottery Community Fund.

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