Our journey through 2023

2023 was filled with lots of coffee, meetings with inspirational collaborators and countless digital tools at JRS Knowhow.  

It was the year that we learned Jamboard (one of our favourite free online whiteboards) is being depreciated. The year that generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) became a recurring buzzword. And the year that everyone using the internet became an expert at instantly creating curricula and online course content, even apps, with the help of AI copilots.  

There were also plenty of legal updates to help organisations better understand, as we all continue on our equality and human rights journeys. The Incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child will further embed children’s human rights into Scots laws. Flexible working protections were strengthened for employees. The Workers’ Protection Bill was also passed and will improve protections for employees experiencing sexual harassment at work. Late at the end of 2023, the European Union also passed the Directive on Corporate Social Responsibility, which will mean mandatory environment and human rights due diligence for larger and multinational companies, with extraterritorial effect. 

What follows, is a summary of our 2023, our highlights and collaborations, and our hopes for the new year ahead. We will be focusing on creating digital joy, cultivating a learning environment that prioritises learner wellbeing and continuing on our journey raising the profile of UN standards for business and human rights.  

The year in numbers 

  • We launched 1 new origami craft box to share our team’s love of craftivism 
  • We participated in 5 different conferences, including the Workplace Equality Fund, DataFest Fringe, and we loved attending the Social Enterprise Scotland awards 
  • We collaborated on 13 different projects, including creating training plans, delivering training to public authorities, conducting an evaluation and crafting bespoke projects like co-creating training materials and a facilitator’s guides with lived experience experts 
  • 53 videos were storyboarded, filmed, edited and uploaded to our various channels and courses 
  • We learned alongside 575 learners in online webinars, live training and craft filled workshops 

A sample of our work 

  • We worked with the Scottish Women’s Rights Centre to create an online course for lawyers about sexual harassment in the workplace 
  • Ricarda worked with the team at Chayn to record an online video course in German about trauma informed practice 
  • We were delighted to work with THRE and Catalyst seed funds to deliver an email course about rights and equality for the digital sector 

Our highlights

  • The team chatted with Natalia who hosts the JustRight Scotland podcast in a special episode about the story of JRS Knowhow 
  • Our Director spoke about the impact of AI for employers and why a rights-based approach to regulating AI matters, in a free, public online course called Living with AI launched by the Scottish AI Alliance 
  • We launched our project website for the UNCRC Skills and Knowledge Framework and Training Plan we are developing for public authority workers 

What we are looking forward to doing in early 2024

  • Continuing to raise awareness of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights across Scotland, including hosting a session in January for solicitors with the Law Society of Scotland’s Equality Network 
  • Working with Jamie Spurway and Jen Ang to deliver equality training to a large Scottish charity’s senior managers and line managers 
  • Exploring the risks, opportunities and human rights harms of Artificial Intelligence 

We love listening to our new clients and collaborators about their training, learning, business and human rights challenges, get in touch with us via the website to arrange a chat about your latest ideas. 

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