Call #11: Digital inclusion and the power of micro-local with Dr Al Mathers

The pandemic has awakened an awareness of the benefit digital can bring to all our lives, but also revealed many more challenges for people who lack digital access, skills, confidence and motivation. This talk by Dr Al Mathers, Head of Research at Good Things Foundation, focuses on sharing learnings about the importance of digital inclusion in communities and how local groups and organisations can support each other and people in their neighbourhoods. Register here. 

Al Mathers is Head of Research at Good Things Foundation , the UK’s leading digital social inclusion charity, who have supported over 3.5 million people to improve their lives through digital since 2010. She is responsible for strategic innovation and data analysis and leads on the organisational strategy with the Senior Management Team and stakeholders.

Having worked across the academic and practice sectors for over 15 years, Al specialises in leading cross disciplinary research and data teams, research with vulnerable people, and forwarding the impact and quality of practice evaluation nationally and internationally. In 2017 she developed Good Things Foundation’s Theory of Change which underpins the charity’s Group Strategy and support of community organisations across the UK and Australia.

In 2019 she led the cutting edge, place based research study Powering Up, evidencing digital inclusion as a critical driver of economic inclusion. In 2020 she produced Good Things Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Report , which charted the rise of data poverty and digital inequality as key issues at a time of crisis, and the importance of a collective digital inclusion response to combat social isolation and loneliness. And in 2021 she published ‘Shocks, knocks and skill building blocks’ reflections on the need for new approaches to address the national digital skills for work shortage.

The call is on Wednesday 12 May 2021 at 4pm-5pm UK time. All welcome! Please register in advance at, or join our online community at to access the call.


May 12 2021


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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