Claire Carpenter is the Founder and Managing Director of The Melting Pot. In this Key Concept piece she gives us an insight into her recent trip to New Zealand for the Social Enterprise World Forum and reflects on a decade of TMP.

Although we measure time in separate units – a minute, an hour, a day, a week, a month, a season, a year – these units are all connected.

Our lives have distinct and separate identities, but they are connected to others through time… and through place: The year someone was born, the time you were in a place… We use ceremony and celebration to mark the passage of time: birthdays, holidays, pay days.

Last week, I attended the Social Enterprise World Forum 2017 in Christchurch, New Zealand. During the opening address, the audience’s attention was called to focus on both their ancestry and their legacy. This focused the mind for three days of conversations about our socially innovative solutions, and provided a realistic, time-based context for that work.

Good things take time…

From tiny acorns, mighty oaks grow.

Last week, we also marked the first decade of The Melting Pot – Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation. We celebrated, as humans always have done, by gathering together and sharing stories, good banter and food. This landmark gives us cause for reflection, for sharing intent, creating deeper connections and sustenance for the journey ahead.

We give thanks to all of you who have been a part of our journey over the past 10 years (and the 2.5 years of development work pre-opening). We are proud and enthused by what we’ve achieved, but this is, relatively, only the beginning. Watch this space to witness what can happen over the next decade.

Claire and Team TMP