Tech for Good Organisers

A community of organisers across the UK and Ireland supporting each other to fuel the tech for good movement

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To us, “tech for good” is the intentional use of technology to drive positive outcomes for people and planet. We’re building a community for organisers across the UK and Ireland who are themselves building tech for good communities.

I run a tech for good network and I’d like to be involved!

Great! If you’re happy to stick to our principles (see below) then go ahead and:

Some background to our work:

Intro Presentation - Find out where we started and why

• Research into The impact of place-based communities and how we established a learning network with seven initial founding member networks.

Announcement Tweet and Launch event slide deck


Principles we are working to as a network (current iteration):

  • Technology can be a force for good in society
  • Work in the open - it makes collaboration easier. We’re here to collaborate, work together and be part of something bigger.
  • Lead by example - celebrate the radical approaches brought by everyone in the community and understand that people have different lived experiences.
  • Do no harm / Operate responsibly - despite our best intentions, no one is exempt from making a mistake. But we strive to do our utmost best to ensure we’re accountable for our actions.
  • Don’t ponder, do. But do so responsibly.

If you’re running your own community, you may also find the Tech for Good Global Principles useful guidance.


Slack Team

This is where we’re currently getting organised to become a supportive place. This will also become more of an active place for us to support each other ongoing

email [email protected] to join

Agendas & Meeting notes
For the organisers’ management calls (monthly):
For the organisers’ meetups (monthly):
Mailing List

Updates at the moment mainly consist of us self organising towards a launch, but ongoing will hopefully become a useful place for us networks to share stuff between ourselves.
Whatsapp Group

Not super active at the mo - but it’s here in case this is your thing!

Shared Drive

Where we are sharing useful documents, research and templates that might help us all become more efficient


Where we are tracking progress and updates e.g on launch. Needs updating. 


Where we are tracking our costs and funding


Where we’re recording our Outcomes


Events for the network of organisers - not events put on by groups for their members.

Subscribe to all internal network events using this link:

Past Events

  • 12 Nov 2020, 1600 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 26 Nov 2020, 1700-1900 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 10 Dec 2020, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 14th Jan 2021, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 10th Feb 2021, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 2nd March 2021, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 17h March 2021, 1600-1800 GMT EDI playback session
  • 17th March 2021, 1600-1800 GMT D&I playback session
  • Tess from Collaborative Futures has been working with us to try and make sure the UK Network is inclusive. A chance for us to find out where this project is up to and see what we can learn from work done so far. Document here
  • 31st March 2021, 1600-1800 GMT Network Co-design Session
  • 28th April 2021, 1600-1730 GMT Tech for Good UK Launch
  • 19th May 2021, 1700-1800 GMT Network founding members check-in session
  • 24th-25th September: Tech for Good Organisers’ retreat

To do list

We’re working towards creating a democratic, self organising, inclusive community. To get there, there are a bunch of things we’re working on. We also eventually want to start working on things that will help make our lives easier as community organisers. We tend to work in Slack, that’s the best place to input if you want to get involved.

Working on now:

  • Funding - Looking at what funding might be needed, who might fund it and pulling together a basic funding deck (Key contact Bex Rae-Evans)
  • Regular community events - (Key contact - Edward Saperia)
  • Mapping - (Annie & Bex)
  • Shared event calendar - Potential for a shared calendar of events that we all produce for our communities (Key contacts: Ellie Hale, David Van Der Velde, Edward Saperia and James Baster)
  • Data sharing agreement - Draft proposal for workshop and external support, costs covered by DOT PROJECT (Key contacts - Annie Legge, Kate White, Dama Sathianathan, Ellie Hale)
  • Theory of change - We have created a draft theory of change and outcomes. (Key contacts - Arielle Tye, Kate White, Ed Saperia)

To progress ASAP with budget:

  • Brand/website - Taking the info in this doc and creating a beautiful shop window for the Network (Key contact: Bex)


  • Vision - Bex, Ed, Ellie and Dama (Need adding to this page)
  • Governance - Founding members/decision making (David V & Barry) (Need adding to this page)
  • Principles - Dama, Olivia, Sidd (Need adding to this page)
  • Google Drive started (David Scurr)
  • This landing page sorted (Edward Saperia)
  • Comms - Whatsapp, Slack and newsletter list set up (Edward Saperia & Ellie)
  • Started to get to know each other and create vision and values (Pete Burden)
  • hand - We have 4 semi-funded spaces on some sociocracy training to help us run the network which I think are now full (Key contact: Barry O’Kane)
  • Catalyst blog - written and gone to Catalyst (Bex)
  • Rework monthly design session - (Key contacts Annie Legge & Pete Burden)
  • Diversity & Inclusion kick off - 1:1 coaching sessions for 10 community organisations, some sessions left (Tessa Cooper is main contact)
  • Restarting community squad - Ed
  • Benefits of community - Bex & others working on this Miro
  • Code of Conduct - Annie Legge and Ellie Hale

Founding Members

Founding members are representatives of TfG networks across the UK or Ireland. Founding members have the remit to launch and activate the community in line with the vision

This remit is for 6 months only (to Sep 1st 2021).[a]

At this stage:

  • A “network” is self-defined. It is assumed that each “network” will have a single representative and that person will take responsibility for communication to and from any other organisers of their network.
  • We have a lot of outstanding questions about the community. The remit of the founding members is to clarify these questions and start the process of building a valuable community as set out in the vision.
  • After the initial period of 6 months the founding members will present their proposal(s) for the next stage

The founding members who represent their network organisers in the initial 6 months are:

  1. Rebecca Rae-Evans - Tech for Good Live (Manchester)
  2. Annie Legge -  Tech4Good South West
  3. Arielle Tye - Creating Conversations by ProMo-Cymru (Wales/ youth)
  4. Chris Ashworth - Tech for Good Oxford
  5. Barry O’Kane Digital for Good, Scotland
  6. Michael McAndrew, Netsquared Exeter
  7. David Van der Velde Social Tech North East
  8. Pauline Roche - Netsquared Midlands
  9. Kate White - TechSoup Connect London
  10. Dama Sathianathan - Tech for Good London/ Tech for Good Global
  11. Ellie Hale - Catalyst/ Tech for Good Brighton/ Tech for Good London/ TechSoup Connect London/
  12. David Scurr - Tech for Good Brighton
  13. Edward Saperia - Newspeak House

Time we have

Add a rough figure for how much time (in hrs per week) you think you can give to the Tech for Good UK Network over the next few weeks.





Notes/ questions

Rebecca Rae-Evans

4 hours

4 hours

Annie Legge

4 hours

4 hours

Arielle Tye

2-3 hours


Chris Ashworth

2-3 hours

4 hours

Barry O'Kane

Michael McAndrew

David van der Velde



Pauline Roche

2 hours

2 hours

I have a new job as a Digital Literacy Coordinator so my time is more limited now

Kate White

1 to 2 hrs

1 to 2 hrs

Dama Sathianathan

2 hours

1- 4hrs

Ellie Hale

2-4 hrs

1-4 hrs

I will be mainly representing Catalyst as there are other reps from my local meetups :)

David Scurr

2 hours

2 hours

Edward Saperia

Decision Making

The members will use Decision Making by Consent. This process is as defined in Sociocracy* and is summarised as:

  • Proposal can be put forward by any founding member 
  • Initial clarifications and initial responses are sought (either in meeting or asynchronously via Slack)
  • Critical concerns may be addressed by adapting the proposal
  • Proposals are agreed when they are considered good enough for now and safe enough to try until the next review
  • Input is welcomed, however the founding members are responsible for consent.


Proposal details are logged in the shared proposal folder. Those in black are successful proposals that have become policy. Those in red are yet to pass. Discussions for each proposal are held on Slack, unless otherwise stated. Where possible, link here to proposals and discussion and then fully document outputs in the relevant place in this document or in the shared proposal folder. Anyone can take responsibility for this task, but particularly the proposer should make sure this is up to date.



Proposed by



We introduce a numbering and versioning system for proposals

David van der Velde



Membership Criteria

David van der Velde



Defining a Tech for Good Network

David van der Velde



Quorum for async proposals on Slack

Ellie Hale



Slack proposal amendments

Ellie Hale



Launch event aims

David Scurr



Code of Conduct

Barry O’Kane



Data sharing agreement

Annie Legge



Budget v.1

Retreat crew



Created by a group of the founding members on the place-based communities project.

Volunteer onboarding resources:

Governance resources:

Event organiser templates:

Mapping tool (password: d0tpr0ject!t4good).


How long-term does a commitment to running a community group need / likely to be?

A: We don’t have a fixed policy on this, as community groups come in many forms and tend to ebb and flow with the energy and resources of their organisers. Most of the founding funders have been running communities for at least 2 years, and some up to 6 years, but many have had dormant periods. We’d welcome anyone who’s interested in organising even a small thing, for a short time (and you might get hooked!) :)

Organiser Directory

We’re trying to get a list of who’s doing what in the UK tech for good community organising space. If you organise a UK Tech for Good type community, add yourself to the list!


Tech for Good Live

Main contact: Bex Rae-Evans

🦄 Organiser 

💼 Director

🏠 Manchester

🐦 @RebeccaWho

📧  [email protected]

Other organisers

Sacha [email protected] (Newsletter/ blogging)

Harriet [email protected] (Volunteers)

Fay [email protected] (Social Media)

Jonny [email protected] (Podcast/ brand)

Greg [email protected]  (podcast and finance stuff)

Alina  [email protected] (research, blogging and newsletter stuff)

Marie Wilson [email protected] (Connection with SalfordCVS and 10GM)

Hera, Sophie, Tom, Harry, Paul, Mille, Sam (Podcast contributors)



🐦 #g0vLondon

📧 [email protected]


🌱 nobody

🐦 @aelcenganda


🌱 nobody

🐦 @patcon_

Tech for Good Global

Dama Sathianathan

🦄 Tech for Good Global

💼 Bethnal Green Ventures

🐦 @dama_yanthy

📧 [email protected]

Tech for Good London (meetup)

Dama Sathianathan & Ellie Hale (she/her)

🦄 Tech for Good London

💼 Bethnal Green Ventures & Catalyst

🐦 @techforgoodtv

📧 [email protected] / [email protected] 

Newspeak House

Edward Saperia

💼 Dean Newspeak House

🏠 London

🐦 @edsaperia / @nwspk

📧 [email protected]

TechSoup Connect London

Kate White

🦄 TechSoup Connect London

💼 Superhighways


📧 [email protected] 

Richard Collings

Tracey Gyateng

Charity Digital

Jonathan Chevallier

💼 CEO Charity Digital

🐦 j_chevallier

📧 [email protected]

Covid Tech Support

Marc Sloan

🦄 Covid Tech Support

🐦 MarcCSloan

🐦 CovidTechHelp

📧 [email protected] 

Climate Action Tech

Sandra Pallier


💼 Designer at Microsoft

🐦 tweetsofsandra

📧 [email protected]

Radical Engineers

James Curtis


🐦 @radicaldevs

🐦 @jamescurtis29

📧 [email protected] 

NCVO (digital, data and technology team)

Sophie Raeburn


🐦 @ncvo

🐦 @sophieraeburn

📧 [email protected]

Karakoram (Developmental Innovation & Engineering)

Josh Thomas


🐦 @KarakoramDev

📧 [email protected]


Code the city

Ian Watt

🦄 Code The City

🏠 Aberdeen

🐦 @watty62

📧 [email protected]


Digital for Good

🦄 Digital For Good

Barry O’Kane

📧[email protected] 

Jane Griffin

💼 AND Digital

📧[email protected]

Maddie Stark

🦄Digital For Good


📧 [email protected]

Dwayne Pascal, Milosz Falinski


Tech for Good Brighton

David Scurr

🦄 Tech for Good Brighton


🐦 @David_Scurr

📧 [email protected]

Ellie Hale (she/her)

🦄 Tech for Good London

🦄 Tech for Good Brighton

🦄 TechSoup Connect London

💼 Catalyst

🐦 @eg_hale

📧 [email protected]

Digital Brighton and Hove

Bryan Rossi-Anderson

🦄 Digital Brighton & Hove

💼 Citizens Online 

🏠 Brighton

🐦 @iBringIntoExist

📧 [email protected] 

North East

Social Tech North East

David Van Der Velde

🦄 Social Tech North East

💼 Land Digital

🏠North Tyneside

🐦 @david_vd_velde

📧 [email protected]

William Mortada

🦄 CiviCRM North East

🏠 Newcastle upon Tyne

🐦 @wmortada

📧 [email protected]

South West

Tech 4 Good SW

Annie Legge

🦄 Tech4Good South West and


🏠 Bath

🐦 @annielegge

🐦 @tech4goodSW

📧 [email protected]

Green Tech South West 

🦄 Green Tech South West  and

🏠 Bristol


📧 [email protected] / [email protected] 

NetSquared Exeter

Rebecca Tregenna

🦄 NetSquared Exeter

/💼 Third Sector Design

🏠 Exeter

📧 [email protected]

Michael McAndrew

🦄 NetSquared Exeter

/💼 Third Sector Design

🏠 Exeter

📧 [email protected]

Technology Volunteers

Alicia Teagle


/💼 SR2

🏠 Bristol

📧 [email protected] 


Netsquared Midlands

Pauline Roche

🦄 Digital WM News

💼 RnR Organisation

🏠 Birmingham

🐦 @paulineroche

📧  [email protected]

Devon Geary

🦄 This Is Our Brum and Birmingham Tech Week

🏠 Birmingham

📧 [email protected] 


ProMo-Cymru/Creating Conversations
Arielle Tye

🦄 community organiser ProMo-Cymru in Wales

🏠 Cardiff

🐦 @Little_Ari

📧 [email protected]

Community of practice (Youth) as well as being location based


Tech for Good Oxford

Chris Thorpe

🐦 @jaggeree

Chris Ashworth

🐦 @ChrisAshworthNT


Tech for Good Leeds



DataKind UK

🦄 DataKind UK

🐦 @DataKindUK

📧 [email protected]

Giselle Cory, Executive Director

Dulcie Vousden, Data Science Lead

Suzy East, Community Project Manager

Nicole Holgate, Communications Officer

To Reach Out To


Other people who might like to join!

Anne Fry

🐦 @annefry_

📧 [email protected]

Andy Crosbie


📧 [email protected]

Ashley Bale

🐦 @AshleyBaleUK

Bruce Scharlau

🐦 @scharlau


Tech Vets
Service Design London Meetup
Product for Good

Hack The Police
Justice and Innovation Group 

Open Knowledge
Open Tech Will Save Us

One Digital Meetup

Open Government UK

Bureau Local
Hacks Hackers


Engineers Without Borders

Software and Tech Effective Altruism

Edtech Developers Meetup

Local Gov Digital

London Open Data Meetup[b]

London Gov Design Meetup

DataKind UK 

DataKind Dublin
Coko Foundation
Citizen Beta
The Maintainers

Fintech For Good

Impact Founders

Humane Tech London[c]

Act Build Change

AI Ethics London

London ICT4D

Mozilla UK

Medtech London

Netsquared Cambridge

Platform Coop
Democracy Club
Women Hack for Non-Profits




Wikimedia UK


Cooperative Technologists


UK Gov Camp

Open Data Camp


AI For Good


Campaign Lab
Design + Climate
Campaigning Forum

Internet Governance Forum
Interoperability and the EU Digital Markets Act
Open Tech Will Save Us
BattleMesh v13
1st International Workshop on Distributed Infrastructure for Common Good, Delft, Netherlands (or online)
rC3 – remote Chaos Experience
Mozilla Festival

[a]Looks like we should review this at our next call. Perhaps we can send calendar invites to ourselves for future reminders?