Power is not what you gain, it’s what you give

FlashForward is an event by the Shuttleworth Foundation generated from a desire to celebrate our Flash Grant recipients and enhance our connections as a fellowship community.

We fund inspired individuals who imagine a better, more open world. But money is only part of the pairing: to give more effectively and influence systems for change, we nurture the right conditions, relationships and environments for our fellows to thrive. Now, we feel the time is right to expand our processes further and seek out new ways to support our flash grantees.

Flash Grantees need space to experiment, fail, learn and evolve to make real change. As the light-bearer of an idea or movement, it is often a lonely experience, no matter how much support you receive from your grassroots community. Our idea is to bring you and your communities into a constructive and open environment with other potential leaders. We hope you will bounce ideas, share experiences, and work on the connective network linking all of our causes.

Flash Grants have been a twice-yearly fixture in our community calendar since 2011. Today, you are one of 435 grantees: each one an individual challenging the status quo, innovating in the social space, or working on projects and issues important to our fellows. We would love for you to share your work and experiences at FlashForward.

Here we can tell our stories, connect, and seek out new modes of collaboration. Here we can shine a light on new developments and those whose shoulders we stand upon. Here we can present and discuss our journeys, challenges, and successes to learn from one another. Here we will affirm a truth that underpins Flash Grants:

Power is not what you gain, it’s what you give.

Feel free to propose an event for inclusion using this form


For more info or to discuss ideas please email jason@flashgrants.org

Code of conduct

You can find the FlashForward Code of the conduct here


Organisation: Jason Hudson

Curation: Jason Hudson, Jessie Oliver, Chris Hartgerink, Karien Bezuidenhout, Peter Murray-Rust and Helen Turvey

Format Concept: Adam Hyde (https://coko.foundation)

Site Design and Dev: Julien Taquet (https://coko.foundation)

Flashforward logo: Mike Sabbagh (http://mikesabbagh.com/)

$ : this event is financed by the Shuttleworth Foundation (https://www.shuttleworthfoundation.org/)

Massive thank you to the team at Cloud68 (https://cloud68.co) for all the open source infrastructure support.

All code is open source. (https://gitlab.coko.foundation/open-publishing)