Can you build a democratic economy? Two new roles at Stir to Action

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written by

Daniel Stanley

Feb 17, 2022

As we recently outlined in our strategic update at the start of this year, it’s an exciting time at Stir to Action. Over the last couple of years our role has developed as we have evolved our work from our initial focus on publications and small scale events, into national programmes of training and development, an annual new economy festival, and our training and residential centre at Selgars Mill.

In particular, we have increasingly taken on large-scale infrastructure projects, where we are working with local government (Preston, Islington, and Oldham) and others to directly implement new and democratic economy approaches in practice on a regional and national level. For example, we are part of a consortium developing the first new Cooperative Development Agency in the UK for 40 years with Islington Council, running a programme to support underemployed young people in Devon to create new food and wellbeing co-operatives, and are working with Farming the Future and others on a project looking at how community ownership can provide a succession option for retiring Family Farms. 

As our work has evolved, so has our team, and we’ve added several new faces, each bringing their own unique set of skills, experience and perspectives.

At this moment we are now recruiting for two more positions, which will play a critical role in our work over the coming months and years, and in achieving our objectives of building a more democratic economy, with social and climate justice at its heart. 

Firstly, we are looking for an experienced Infrastructure Builder (full time) to support and grow our increasing role as a national leader in new economic programme delivery and infrastructure building. This role will be all about developing strategic opportunities and partnership, managing relationships with funders, clients and strategic partners, and leading on large fundraising bids and market development activities. 

Our events and programmes, in particular the Playground for the New Economy and New Economy Programme, remain a crucial part of our work.  We want to make sure the maximum number of people can benefit from the unique community of expert trainers and targeted sessions we have developed over the last few years, and we’re looking for an Events & Programmes Sales Lead (2 days a week) to support these initiatives. You will be selling directly to individuals and organisations in our sector, building training partnerships with place-based programmes in the UK, and raising event sponsorship from funders.

Both of these roles will be crucial in our plans this year and beyond, and we are really keen to hear from as wide a range of potential candidates as possible. Do please share with your networks, and if you or anyone you know are interested, please do get in touch with any questions or suggestions you have.