Celebrating big thinkers

Yesterday I spent an incredibly stimulating day at our Big Change annual learning and collaboration event.

Every year we bring together our community of Big Change projects to learn from each other’s journeys and experiences as pioneers of change, to make connections and spark new ideas, and to consider how collectively we can drive change together – and ultimately, reimagine education. It’s a truly wonderful event. 

Big Change, Holly Branson, alumni event 18

Joined by my fellow Big Change Founders, Beatrice York, Sam Richardson and our M.D. Essie North, we started the morning by talking about why we started Big Change: to be a catalyst for positive change for the next generation.

We do this by backing people with big ideas that are thinking differently about how to set young people up to thrive. In the charitable sector it is often difficult to be risk takers, but as a grant giver we have the drive and the ambition to take those risks and back incredible people who not only dream of large-scale system change, but whose ideas are often still in the infancy stage. 

Big Change, Holly Branson, alumni event 18, books

It was amazing to share learnings with some of those early stage projects backed by Big Change – many who are now operating on a national stage. I can’t wait to discover many more big thinkers in the future and to support them as they look to reimagine education and help our young people thrive in life, not just exams. 


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