Alice Casey

Alice Casey

Head of New Operating Models, Nesta

Alice leads on a portfolio of work at Nesta, 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 to help the UK’s public parks to innovate using alternative models of operating.

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 – 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.

Solving the crisis of the gig economy

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Lieza Dessein, Strategic project manager at SMart Coop and Alex Bird, Chair of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales, together with Danny Spitzberg, Technology Strategist at CoLab discuss the problems of today’s “gig economy”; highlighting the work of freelancers co-ops like SMart and the findings of the report ‘Working Together: Trade Union and Co-operative Innovations for Precarious […]

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The Capital conundrum

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The dominant platforms, like Uber and AirBnb were able to use millions of dollars to get to scale. But, without venture capital, what can platform co-ops do to match their growth? In this session, Vivian Woodell, ex CEO of The Phone Co-op and now head of The Foundation for Co-operative Innovation, will lead an open […]

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WORKSHOP: How can Blockchain enable Elinor Ostrom’s 8 commons principles?

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Samer Hassan, researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and UCM in Madrid, who recently received a 1.5M€ grant to build blockchain-based democratic and sustainable organizations for the collaborative economy (p2pmodels.eu), will lead a working session exploring how blockchain technologies, can be utilized to create new ways to cooperate: building new commons-oriented, blockchain-driven initiatives which incorporate […]

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WORKSHOP – Part 2: How can Blockchain enable Elinor Ostrom’s 8 commons principles?

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Following on from the previous session, in the same room, before lunch… Samer Hassan, researcher at Harvard University’s Berkman Center and UCM in Madrid, who recently received a 1.5M€ grant to build blockchain-based democratic and sustainable organizations for the collaborative economy (p2pmodels.eu), will lead a working session exploring how blockchain technologies, can be utilized to […]

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WORKSHOP: Co-op creation made simple

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Siôn Whellens, Co-Founder of the Worker Co-op Solidarity Fund, Dave Boyle, Founder of The Community Shares Company, and Alex Bird, Chair of Co-operatives and Mutuals Wales, leading a practical session on How to start a co-op, covering legal entities, model rules and governing documents. A hands-on session looking at the various legal models co-ops can take […]

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Growing the Commons

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Stacco Troncoso from the P2P Foundation; Mònica Garriga Miret from the Free Knowledge Institute; Guillaume Compain from Plateformes en communs and Tiberius Brastaviceanu, Co-Founder of Sensorica discussing strategies for Growing the Commons. Stacco has worked alongside Michel Bauwens for many years and has an excellent grasp on the concepts of the commons, whilst Monica is […]

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