So in case you are wondering – I’m starting a charity…. In fact, it turns out that it already exists as of this week when we sent off the paperwork.
My contract with Royal Holloway finishes at the end of this month and about six months ago I decided that it was time to throw my energy into doing social projects full time. For some years I’ve been updating this file on my laptop:
…and I decided that if I didn’t do something about the list soon then I was going to find myself retiring without having done any of them. So at the end of August (co-incidentally the anniversary of this blog) I’ll be halting a day job that concerns itself with enabling formal specification of programing languages (apologies if the link made anyone’s eye’s bleed) and working on things that I think will make the world a better place.
This is going to include more work on White Water Writers, a few more estoric experiments with it’s parent experiment TooManyCooks, some more fundraising work like The Flowers for Turing Project, activist scholarship like the Domesday Dataset, and a range of other projects both large and small (like Project Grin, which is Tiny But Fun). To pay the occasional bill I’m going to be taking the odd bit of freelance work, and we’ll see how sustainable that is. If I start getting funding to do things then I’ll ride it as long as it’s sustainable, otherwise I can happily live on savings for a year of doing things that I think make the world better.
I’m going to talk a little bit more about the details of the charity in a future post (such as the name)- we’ve done a few innovative things with the structure so that it’s a little bit more accessible and open, but I’m going to leave that until we’ve got all the official documents back. I’d like to think that as I write up funding bids I’ll put them on the blog (like I did with this rejected Wellcome Trust bid) so that people can see what I’m up to and maybe offer feedback (or for that matter, do the relevant project themselves, that would be awesome).
The other reason for this post is that as I’m coming to the end of my contract I’ve got rather a lot to do. There’s a big pile of work and handover stuff for the project, and there’s general removal stuff. Plus I have to work out how to successfully move the 418 teapot to my house.