The informal, dynamic, free and open-access fringe event to the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.
From the 9th to the 12th of April the annual Marmalade event once again took over the Old Fire Station in Oxford. An event that draws in a diverse crowd from around the country, Marmalade provides in-depth workshops, activities and arts programmes that tackle complex problems and connect the community to generate positive social change.
Workshops this year included anything from Scaling Up Successfully to Reducing Loneliness Through Technology to Solving Social & Environmental Challenges Through Enterprise. Each were hosted by an expert (or a number of experts) in their field with the aim of fostering community, friendship and real-world outcomes.
“It’s run by and for social movements, providing a genuinely open space to connect, collaborate and share ideas around social justice and community participation, locally and globally. It is inclusive to its core – it’s not often you see a CEO and a volunteer baking bread together, but that’s one of the memories from last year.”
— Marmalade Volunteer
In addition to workshops, the arts centre also had four performance artists roaming the corridors to engage and promote conversation among local participants and passers-by. These “Insecurity Guards” were also collecting personal doubts; which were written in private by members of the public and placed in to an Insecurity Safe. The safe was then ceremonially burned on the rooftop at the end of each day to the divine tunes of local musician Tom Wolstenholme.