Radio 4’s Peter Day congratulates SSE London Fellows

Just a quick note to say that the SSE London graduation is today for the Block and Weekly Groups, with around 40 social entrepreneurs joining the ever-growing SSE Fellowship. You can see the formal press release here, along with links to the relevant social entrepreneurs.

Or, for the glossy full print experience, download the pdf of the graduation booklet:

Stories of Change 2010-11 (large pdf)

Arguably the most exciting news is that the entrepreneurs today will be congratulated by Peter Day, Radio 4 and podcasting legend who many consider one of the wisest and most insightful commentators on business in all its aspects.


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Collaboration, partnership and the network mindset

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