Have I Got A Social Enterprise Year in Review For You

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So there it was. Christmas is over, and we’re now in that twilight zone period until the New Year.  If you’ve made it into work, a sympathetic (and cold) high five to you; if you’re still at home in your pyjamas eating chocolate, I’m not at all jealous…

Photo Credit: diffendale via Compfight cc

Photo Credit: diffendale via Compfight cc

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Ain’t no party like a ‘Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You’ Christmas party

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Ho ho ho.  Welcome to a special Christmas party edition of Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You.  ‘What’s special about it?’ I hear you ask.  Well, there’s a picture of a dog in a Santa outfit below and if you click this link you’ll have an appropriate soundtrack to carry on reading. Welcome to the online equivalent of Lapland.

It's a Christmas Dog

Come on in, pass round the egg nog and let’s get this party started…

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Dosed up on paracetamol: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Time to get your small violins out because I don’t feel well.  I think I’ve got man flu.  A serious bout of man flu. Send emergency bottles of Lucozade, Lemsip, an ambulance on standby (in case it escalates) and chicken soup please, otherwise I’m going to start whining.  And no-one wants that.

This week's social enterprise news is suffering from Man Flu

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Surveying the scene: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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It was our Christmas party last night, but this is being written (well in advance, you can’t catch me out like last week) on Thursday afternoon so who knows what even happened?  I’m sure it was all very civilised and filled with polite conversation and educated debate.  Probably.

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Peer mentoring for social entrepreneurs

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by  SSE students Melanie Glass (Devenishgirl Bakery) and Rosie Ginday (Miss Macaroon)

We are two social entrepreneurs who meet fortnightly to talk business, gain support and advice from one another and enjoy a drink. We began meeting about 18 months ago and, initially, the meetings had a business focus. However, we were both challenged by a session we were leading on Rosie’s MACMADs programme which involved helping the young people develop a five year plan. We realised we were helping them create something that we ourselves didn’t have. This also coincided with Melanie being challenged by a book by Chris Guillebeau called ‘The Art of Non-Conformity’. In it he talks about developing a year plan and then, each November, reviewing it before developing a new plan for the coming year.

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