Start Network Annual Assembly 2021


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The Start Network Assembly is the annual gathering of our members and stakeholders. This year the event was held from 16 to 18 November 2021.

As Start Network shifts to a locally-led, globally scaled network, changing mindsets is at the core of transforming the way we work and so the theme for this year's Assembly was Changing mindsets, Transforming systems.

Start Network is exploring new models of risk & accountability; re-imagining our role as that of a service provider to locally-led networks; adapting our programmes to an increasingly decentralised future; and examining colonial mentalities in our ways of working and the wider humanitarian sector. Be part of the change!


If you registered for the event, you can continue to access the event platform here


See some of the highlights below


Watch the day 1 keynote with Chernor Bah, CEO Purposeful in conversation with Start Network Member and Trustee, Oenone Chadburn, Tearfund.


Watch the day 3 keynote with Jenny Hodgson, Global Fund for Community Foundations in conversation with Start Network's Bhavya Srinivasan, Head of Network Development and Innovation.



Watch the day 1 session on how to build a Hub.


Watch the event wrap up with CEO Christina Bennett and CFOO Suzanne Lyne.


Watch the full Assembly playlist




Start Network Assembly 2020


Start Network’s first virtual Assembly meeting took place from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 October 2020, alongside our 10-year anniversary celebrations.


The Assembly affords the network's members and stakeholders the unique opportunity to come together, take stock of our learning and progress, and propel us forward in our collective vision.


It has three distinct components:

  1. exchanging information and exploring how we have made progress (LEARN);
  2. generating solutions to strategic challenges (BUILD),
  3. and the annual general meeting of the members to make key governance decisions (DECIDE).


Christina Bennett and Suzanne Lyne open the Assembly



Christina Bennett closes the Assembly




Please see the content from the LEARN track shared below.


Assembly 2020 LEARN content

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