What I do
Alice leads on a portfolio of work looking at how technology is transforming communities and civic life. She has a particular interest in how people themselves are changing the society around them using digital tools and new ways of organising, collaborating and connecting from the ground up, including platform cooperativism and place based approaches. She leads the Rethinking Parks Fund a £2m partnership wtih HLF and BLF to help the UK's public parks to innovate using alternative models of operating and applying prototyping to develop suitable tech and data innovations wtih communities.
Other examples include her work leading Nesta's ShareLab Fund, exploring how collaborative platforms can help tackle social challenges, on Crowdfunding as a director of Crowdfunder, co-founding a new open data infrastructure charity, 360Giving, that supports grantmaking bodies to publish and use their data. She was recognised for this work as a nominee for the Open Data Institute Data Pioneer Award, and a winner of the inaugral Women in Data Award.
Previous work includes Neighbourhood Challenge - a collaboration with BLF that showed how funders can unlock local community potential, the Big Green Challenge - the first social challenge prize fund of £1m to incentivise community-led innovation on Co2 reduction and energy generation.
Alice is Chairperson of Democracy Club, a community of 10,000 volunteers whose mission is to use open data, design and technology to give every citizen the information and participation opportunities they need, in a way that suits them.She is a trustee of Local Trust which leads Big Local, a £220m place-based fund to support communities to lead change at a local level.
Before joining Nesta Alice worked for Involve.org.uk where she led on a range of research driven and practical projects that explored how public involvement in decision making can improve policy responses and public services.
You can find her on social media @cased.