Labelling things and the language we use are important. So is the vast network of organisations — large, small and everywhere in between — across the UK that make up ‘civil society’ (something to which I will refer as ‘the sector’ in this blog).

So, then, why do we have…


We — Tom Watson (The Good Ship) and Tom French — have been working together on developing a super-simple CRM in Airtable for voluntary sector organisations and groups. And we want to share it with you today to see if anyone would be interested in using it — for free…


Life is complicated.
It really is.
We don’t understand.
Make it simple!

Can we reduce?
Yes we can.
How can we?
Three word slogan.
All that’s needed.
A common bond.
And they permeate…

Education, education, education.
Take back control.
Strong and stable.
Brexit means Brexit.
Get Brexit done.
Build back better.
Hands, face, space.
In it together?

Britain’s Got Talent.
(OK, too tenuous.)

Where’s the rest?
Where’s the context?
There is more.
We are more!

So, don’t simplify?
I like simplicity, actually.
And I think it’s necessary.
I find myself doing it a lot.
But it involves conversation about the whole, about complexity.
I think it’s harder than some would lead us to believe.
I certainly find it so.

Take a stand!
Reject the reduction.
We’re not stupid.
We do understand.

Three word slogan:
Be no more.


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At Good Things Foundation, we’re all about digital inclusion and social inclusion. Our vision is a world where everyone benefits from digital technology. …


Sheffield Data for Good has been around for about 15 months now. Its aim is to bring together the data and social expertise in Sheffield to help solve the city’s social problems. We’ve held a few Meetups, some focusing on homelessness and others on ‘social isolation’. …


At Good Things Foundation we collect, analyse and use a lot of different data. Some are our own sets arising from the surveys we administer or through organisations signing up to our Network(s). Other data sets come from elsewhere, such as the Office of National Statistics or other open data


This Medium publication is a collection of thoughts, insights and examples from people using different types of data (open or otherwise), their analysis and visualisations to understand / describe / predict / solve social challenges.

This could be at a hyper-local level or nationally. And we talk about what hasn’t worked well as much as we talk about successes.

We are an open group of collaborators.

Contributions are welcome.


At Good Things Foundation we collect, analyse and use a lot of different data. Some are our own sets arising from the surveys we administer or through organisations signing up to our Network(s). Other data sets come from elsewhere, such as the Office of National Statistics or other open data

Tom French

Freelancer. A mix of data stuff, research, evaluation and words. Always social purpose, learning and having conversations. Founder of Sheffield Data for Good.

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