Forgive my lack of modesty but I am brave. I am brave indeed. I have to be, and often. So let me reclaim my heroism for myself and for all disabled people who go through this every day. ...more
When I was looking to self-publish my book Coffee Shop Entrepreneurs I looked at the entire market from the likes of Amazon Create Space, Lulu, Kobo and Vook who offer print on demand. I knew I wanted to own both the marketing and sales channel which you just don’t get access to if you go...
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“When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her” – Deborah Santana
I am not someone who cancels meetings or dinners very often, simply because it’s something to reschedule and I like to stay committed. And yet the main reason I will cancel — as would one of my cherished friends, Deborah Santana — is for family.
Deborah emailed me that she needed to move our dinner, because her daughter invited her to a weekend together in Seattle. I love what she said, and it warmed my heart… “When the child welcomes the mother, the mother rushes off to her.” A mother should go to her child first.
There is no more important reason in the world.
Co-ops: they’re great, right? Everybody seems to love them, and they’re often held up as models of enterprise that can fulfil some of the most challenging aspects of our societies: creating sustainable employment, empowering the disenfranchised, addressing poverty, ...But sadly, there are many myths and mistruths perpetuated about them through ignorance, which are probably part of the reason why co-op enterprises have never really ‘taken off’ in this country like they have in others, and are often treated with trepidation by the wider business community.There’s plenty of material already out there (if you only look or ask for it) that helps to dispel some of these myths that relate to decision-making needing to involve everyone, all employees needing to be paid the same wage, etc, but I wanted to pick up on one ...more
During the last decade, several African nations have seen record rates of growth placing them among the top growing economies in the world. Yet, this boom has not translated into an increase in jobs for the estimated 11 million youth who join the workforce each year. Fortunately, today’s generation of African youth is more educated, and more connected than ever before. Whilst solving the employment crisis requires collaboration involving many sectors, youth empowerment is also a key component.
An early morning start but a great breakfast at Roast in Borough Market. This is a brilliant spot in south London, nestling around Southwark Cathedral and selling the absolutely best in food and wines, and much else besides! And it is a social enterprise so the profits are going back into the local community in Lambeth and Southwark.
I was meeting with Carlos Miranda, who runs a very exciting fundraising consultancy, IG Advisors as well as a social media company that provides strategic advice to the sector on how to maximise your social media profile. I told him, ruefully, I'd quite like to manage mine!
It was a struggle to get past the stalls groaning with organic produce and artisan cheeses to get to work, I can tell you. But a really rewarding meeting with Fiona Ritchie from Turning Point and colleagues from the “Ideas Collective" to discuss our “Winterbourne challenge". A good, challenging and helpful session. Rushing from that to a meeting with our ...more
Thought: 'Finding who you are is more important than finding where to go.' ...more
You, me, the night building manager, the cleaners and homeless people all have something in common: We need to be nourished.
The other night, I was helping lead a Full Circle Fund meeting, which is working to provide economic opportunities for people across our world. It’s a wonderful group, focused on providing financial support and volunteer time to help serve the community.
That evening, we had leftover sandwiches from dinner. While I usually take any leftovers from the meetings I attend to homeless people, I thought perhaps I would give myself a rest from it this evening. It was a huge tray I would have to balance, carrying my many bags as well. Yet something made me gather up the sandwiches, and hope there would be someone who would appreciate them.
When I approached the night building manager downstairs, he was a bit hesitant at first… but after positive encouragement he took two and with ...more
I'm up in Cambridge this afternoon with my colleagues from ACEVO, working with the third sector in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to develop a consortium to provide a joined up service on the elderly and people with long term conditions (LTC). We will be working with the health service here. Its exciting work and an example of our sector joining up - not just locally but with specialist national charities in LTC.
We had our first meeting of the steering group on the Winterbourne pledge on Monday. A good session but we are still forming and working out our remit. We agreed we need to make our documents public so we will be putting up the membership, terms of reference and minutes on the NHS England website soon.
We're trying to co-commission a national framework locally delivered that can help ensure better outcomes for people with learning disabilities. And that means moving from an institutional approach to community; from officials to users.
And as I said in my ...more