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.
Come on in, pass round the egg nog and let’s get this party started…
- Every Christmas needs a miracle and social entrepreneur Elisicia Moore has grabbed the reindeer by the horns and opened ‘The Petit Miracles Hub‘, a shopping centre in West London which supports local, independent businesses. Perfect for some last minute Christmas shopping.
- Already time for another drink? This time I’m going to make you a Kogel Mogel (hot egg nog) for which I need some honey. Luckily SSE Fellow Barnaby Shaw is on hand with his social enterprise Bee Urban to provide some.
- Uh-oh. Too much egg nog. People are getting a little bit lairy and it looks like an argument is breaking out. It’s a sophisticated party though so it’s more of an intellectual debate about the direction of the social economy…
- Argument over, and now that everyone has calmed down its time for a game. I know- why not take part in this fun online quiz? You could even win a prize! (It’s not a quiz, it’s actually our Social Entrepreneurs Training Survey. At least 6500 people who receive this email haven’t filled it in yet! Tut tut).
- Completed the quiz? Super, now it’s time for us to hand out some presents. If you live in Devon, we’ve got the gift just for you: it’s our free Rural Devon Social Entrepreneurs Programme. It’s a (Christmas) cracker!
- You must be getting hungry by now. Luckily this party is catered by SSE Fellow Sanjay Kumar, who will also be cooking up a special Christmas Eve meal at the St Austell Community Kitchen.
- It’s getting late, and people are starting to reminisce. Look, over there on the sofa are Big Society Capital, reflecting on How Social Investment Has Developed in 2014.
- Thank you for coming to the party, but it’s home time. It wouldn’t be a party without a party bag, so here’s yours. Hidden amongst a party popper, a small bag of Haribo and a balloon is this report from the New Statesman: Social Enterprise – Creating a Hub for Innovation in Society.
Have a good Christmas all! The next edition will be a roundup of the most popular links of the year, but seeing as next Friday is Boxing Day and I’ll be at Oxford United v Shrewsbury it might not come out until Monday 29th…