A somewhat truncated HIGSENFY this week – I’m going on holiday at the end of next week and I’ve got a mountain of work to get through before I go. In fact, if you could book onto one of the following courses before next Friday you’d be doing me an enormous favour and it would mean me not having to check my emails too often while I’m away:
- How to Create an Authentic Mission-Led Brand
- Crowdfunding for Charities and Social Enterprises
- Negotiating Difficult Conversations
- Fundraising Webinar Series
- Finding New Customers And Making More Sales
Thanks in advance – look forward to seeing all 6600 of you in September. Enjoy this week’s news, I’m off to procrastinate about where to start…
- Nesta have launched ‘Inventor Prize‘, a £50,000 prize for the ‘UK’s best inventions that help make people’s lives better’. Entries need to be ‘innovative and exciting new products that haven’t been on sale before’.
- SSE Fellow Marie Yates has created a nifty video presentation explaining the story of her social enterprise Canine Perspective. The organisation inspires positive change using the power of the human-canine bond (scroll down to the bottom of this link to see the video).
- Something of a coup for current SSE student Juliet Ryan as boxer Floyd Mayweather has partnered with her organisation Working Action Group to raise awareness and invite others to join in the fight against homelessness.
- Robbie Norval, SSE Scotland Fellow and founder of the brilliantly named Lingo Flamingo, featured in ‘Glasgow’s elderly combat dementia symptoms with fun foreign language classes‘, an article on the Glasgow Live website this week. Lingo Flamingo is the world’s first non-profit organisation that provides foreign language classes tailored to older adults.
- Also in Scotland, current Bank of Scotland programme student Laura Wells of The Real Junk Food Project has been nominated for an i-on Breakthrough Award in the Food and Drink category. Good luck Laura!
- A thought provoking piece by Asheem Singh for the Guardian: Two years on from Kids Company, it’s time to decide if charities are worth saving – (some of) the comments are worth a look at too.
- An interesting new scheme from SSE Fellow Cath Prisk – if you are going camping or to a festival and don’t have a tent her organisation Outdoor People will hire one to you. If you are headed to either the Exhale Festival or the Offline Festival they’ll even set it up for you and provide all the equipment that you need. All proceeds go to Outdoor Family Camping projects, getting families, kids and communities outdoors.
- Finally, if you’ve got a project that needs some assistance or if you are looking for an intern we’ve been approached by Renee Jones, over in the UK from Australia. Renee has spent the past two years dedicated to the community sector producing crowd-funding events, working with social enterprises & NGOs. Renee is currently in the UK on a postgrad study tour in International & Community Development and looking for opportunities to hear from & work with social enterprises in the sustainability or health space – email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact her via Linkedin.
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What’s on at SSE:
- How to Create an Authentic Mission-Led Brand, London, 8th Sep
- Crowdfunding for Charities and Social Enterprises, London, 14th Sep
- Fundraising Webinar Series, starts 14th September
- Negotiating Difficult Conversations, London, 18th Sep
- Measuring Social Impact and Social Value, York, 21st -22nd Sep
- Finding New Customers And Making More Sales, London, 25th Sep