FAQs

How is your work funded?

Our research and development work is usually grant funded. We currently receive funding from The Nominet Trust and The Sainsbury Family Trusts.

We use this R&D investment to design products and services in such a way that they become self sustaining entities. For example, over the last three years, Historypin has moved from reliance on We Are What We Do subsidies and initial seed-funding from Google to complete financial independence through a combination of grant-based and earned income.

Speaking events and consultation help cover our core costs and we also hire out our rentable space.

We also receive donations to our Charitable Foundation, which delivers projects associated with our products and services, often in specialist environments such as care homes and schools, delivering the purely community focused aspects of our social businesses.

Find out more about the We Are What We Do Foundation here.

What kind of organisation are you?

We Are What We Do is made up of a social business (the We Are What We Do Community Interest Company) and a Charitable Foundation (the We Are What We Do Foundation). The business does all the designing and making of products and services and when it generates profits they go to the Foundation, which delivers projects associated with the products and services, often in specialist environments such as care homes and schools, delivering the purely community focused aspects of the social businesses.

Find out more about the We Are What We Do Foundation here.

Do you work with other companies and organisations?

There are currently three main ways for companies and organisations to work with us:

1. Get involved with our existing projects

From Historypin to Box Chicken, our existing portfolio of projects offers a range of opportunities for partnerships.

2. Partner with us on the issues we are currently exploring

We are currently working on the following issues:

  • The intergenerational divide

  • Youth obesity

  • Digital inclusion

  • Domestic food waste

  • Domestic energy usage

  • Mental health and young people

If you are working in any of these areas and are interested in our approach, please get in touch.

3. Learn more about our approach

We do talks and run workshops opening up our approach to interested audiences. Find out more.

Get in touch to find out more.

How do you select the issues you work on?

We are either commissioned by an external organisation, government department or company to work on a specific social issue, or identify one ourselves as a new area of our work. The latter is either part of pre-funded research and development cycles, or self initiated and we quickly seek to find funding to support the research and development process.

Do you do work internationally?

Yes, several of our projects have a global audience. Historypin has an office in San Francisco, and does work all over the world, most recently in the Japan, the United States and across Europe. Internet Buttons is currently being used in Poland, the Netherlands and Ireland, as well as the UK. We look to pilot our projects locally, and build scalable models that can slowly expand and be replicated to the widest possible audiences.

How can I find out more?

For news, research findings and interesting things we are reading or watching, follow us on Twitter. To keep in touch with team news, join us on Facebook, or sign up to our newsletter for regular updates on our projects.