An inspiring encounter in Kazakhstan

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One of the things I love most about working with social entrepreneurs is their ability to surprise you. You think you’ve heard all the best ideas, or someone has moved you in a way you’ll never experience again but then someone comes along and leaves you in total awe. I just had this experience when I was in Almaty, Kazakhstan a few weeks ago. I was over there with the British Council and Chevron to share lessons from the UK social enterprise space and one of my meetings took me to meet a young social entrepreneur, Eldos.

I arrived at 5pm to meet Eldos in the lobby of his hotel. He’d traveled from his region of Kazakhstan to Almaty and was also due to speak at the conference the next day. He proceeded to tell me his story…

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Happy valentines to all of our fellows

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Whether you like to celebrate Valentine’s Day or not (in SSE HQ most seem to be fairly scathing!) we thought it would be nice to profile some of our fabulous fellows who are doing wonderful things in their communities.

We’ve picked 9 fellows to profile here- but of course we wish a happy valentines to everyone who has been through the SSE programme. If any of the enterprises below take your interest then you can find out more by visiting their websites.

We’ll leave it to you to work out how we’ve tediously tied this into February 14th 

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Student Spotlight: Sex & Relationships with a different tone!

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Meet Rianna, founder of Shine ALOUD

Rianna is a student on Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme 2013/ 14

What we do?

Shine ALOUD UK is a social enterprise that educates young people aged 15 – 24 about sex and relationships using interactive media. The company prides itself on being youth led and youth owned, which represents the tone direction of our material and resources. We are young people who are passionate about educating others young people.

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A week is a long time in social enterprise

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For the social entrepreneur and social enterprise aficionado, there are two main event seasons: the cluster around October / November (Good Deals, Social Business, Global Entrepreneurship Week etc), and the end of March extravaganza of the Skoll World Forum, its fringe Oxford Jam and (this year), Voice 11. A few reflections on the events of last week, then… Continue reading

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Social enterprise and social entrepreneurship links from January 2011

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Changeprogress It has been a busy start to the year, and it seems like that is the case for everyone. Certainly everyone I bump into seems to be working very hard indeed, as the end of March 2011 looms large….No different here at SSE (lots of work across the network, graduations, launches, new programmes and more). Which is partly by way of explanation for why blogging has been a bit infrequent (many thanks to current intern Ryan for filling in), and why this is the first round-up for a couple of months. Anyway, here are the most interesting and (hopefully) relevant links from the last month or so: Continue reading

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