Catching up (and missing out)

OK, so managed to sneak a sandwich and some coffee and am back on the laptop. Loving chatting and ranting with the effervescent Servane from Ogunte (whose social leadership awards are coming up later), and Maor from EGO Network. The importance of evaluation and measurement are the topic round this table; still lots of good 1:1 work going on. Lovells are very busy, still. So are Futurebuilders and Ashoka and a whole range of others.

Great also to catch up with SSE Fellow Sheenagh Day, whose Maison Bengal fairtrade business is going from strength to strength. She’s been so heads down busy that I haven’t seen her for about a year, but all seems to be going fantastically well. We’ve agreed to meet up re. some pro-bono legal support and other strategic capacity.

Good also to meet the legendary Steve Bridger in person / passing, and to chat to a whole range of different grassroots social entrepreneurs who are getting the support, advice and (as all of the above demonstrates hopefully) networking they need. Was particularly delighted to meet one woman (Sara?) who explained she was thinking of setting up an organisation in Sheffield, but didn’t know where to go for support. Delightfully, SSE Yorkshire is going to open later in the year, so hopefully she’ll come on board.