Four of us from SSE were at a PwC employee volunteering event last night, as we are one of the charities they work with: it was great to see some of those who've mentored students last year, and to meet more potential mentors for the two programmes of students just starting. The Community Affairs team had also invited one of our newest London Fellows, Jen Ruppert, to bring a selection of her recycled / unique jewellery from her Revamp Fashion collective…and she appeared to be doing a roaring trade.
An unexpected highlight was an SSE Fellow being on the stand next to us. Koko Bassey, who was on our programme in 2006-7, is now working for Tomorrow's People…alongside continuing to make her own natural cosmetics on the side (the project she brought to SSE). Great to see Koko, who is a wonderful ball of positive energy, and to hear about the work she's doing…and to see her and Jen chat about their experiences at SSE and get to know each other.
Also yesterday, there was an interview in the Guardian with another SSE Fellow Roger Wilson-Hinds, the founder of Screenreader, which provides free speech-reading software for visually impaired people across the world. Roger is an inspiration, and it's wonderful to see his organisation, and its impact, go from strength to strength.
Three more different people and three more different projects it would be difficult to imagine; but that diversity, and making connections between such paassionate entrepreneurial people, is what the SSE (and SSE Fellowship) is all about. Such a good day.