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On your marks

And let the chaos commence. Am posting partly to push that dreadful photo further down the page. And to say that all seems to be going well. Certainly here in the surgery area there’s probably about 50 or so social entrepreneurs getting 1:1 support from Lovells, UnLtd, Bridges Ventures, and others. Exactly what we want to see.

Meanwhile, next door, the DCLG head of third sector and social enterprise, Jackie Westlake, is providing a guide to navigating your way through government, and how to make it work. I was delighted to hear one participant come out and say, “she’s from government…but she’s actually listening”. Very much a mutually beneficial exchange it sounds like.

IN the basement suite of rooms, we have some investment readiness, a workshop with thinkPublic and London Rebuilding Society doing a session on funding.

Delighted to bump into a mix of current SSE students, SSE Fellows, including the esteemed Max Graef of RadioActive, who has set up a radio station here in the corner of the room.

Morning, morning Shine 09

Coffee cupWell, it’s crept up on me, but Shine 2009 is suddenly here. It’s ridiculously early and I will need a gallon of coffee before I’m capable of speaking to anyone…but what an exciting line-up / participant list we have for today. Check the schedule / details out at www.shineunconference.com

We’ll be reporting all day here on http://shine.socialreporter.net and I will be accompanied by a ragbag assortment of people with much more expertise and knowledge than me (which is always helpful: first tip of the day: surround yourself with excellent people). Including David Wilcox (of this parish, social reporter.net), Steve Bridger (who I’m yet to meet in person) and other Shine 08 veterans (!) such as Dave Dawes of Entreprenurses, Ben Matthews of Bright One and the irrepressible Darragh Doyle over from Ireland.

There will, I hope, be blog posts to read, video to watch (both Qik and Flip for those of you for whom that means something), photos to admire, and tweets aplenty. The tag for the event is #shine09 so feel free to get involved if you’re coming today or tomorrow, or follow us virtually.

Feel free to come and say hello (SSE will be doing some evaluation 1:1s this afternoon, and acting as unconsultants throughout the day), or say hello in the comments below.

Now, off to find Kings Place, 300+ social entrepreneurs, and that coffee….