An escape plan to happiness and co-design – with Richard Collins

Podcast - Rich Collins - interview

“Partnerships are vital to our existence… We all should be working a lot more in collaboration… and I think we can do a lot more,” says Richard Collins, creative director of Sortified.

Sortified aims to improve lives and reduce social inequality. It produces toolkits, runs projects, and works around people and place through co-production.

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In this episode, Richard covers why launching Sortified was an “escape plan” allowing him to put something back into the Lincolnshire community.

He describes how co-production can work in practical terms (without being tokenistic). People can be involved in the delivery of local services through a place-based social economy, he says, and there’s a move away from a traditional perspective when it comes to commissioning and top-down service delivery.

The episode also covers:

  • The results and impact of Sortified’s work. He’s candid: “sometimes it’s really difficult” to measure, but there are other outcomes and impacts they can measure
  • The key area Sortified wants to improve on in terms of impact measurement, and the metrics they measure well.
  • Sortified’s plans for 2020: “we’re going to change the world!”
    Recent work in Gainsborough, supporting a successful bid for social investment to the Local Access Programme.
  • The impact of budget cuts on collaboration and working in partnership
  • Why “blended finance” is the way forward, in Richard’s view, for social businesses
  • Where the Sortified name came from

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