This year saw our Social Entrepreneur’s Chat Show taken out of it’s home stage at The Melting Pot and on the road, as we hosted it at The Social Enterprise Exchange Marketplace. Three local social entrepreneurs at various stages of their journey (a relative ‘newbie’, a ‘rock-steady’ and a ‘life-timer’) sat down with host and TMP founder Claire Carpenter for some social banter. We captured it all on video too so you can enjoy the entertaining tales and insights – check them out below.
With a more casual, personalised format than your traditional talk or presentation, the SE Chat Show enables entrepreneurs to tell their remarkable stories in their own words. Plus some gentle probing from our host often produces unexpected and entertaining insights – and this time round was no different.
The theme for this year’s event was Unusual Suspects, highlighting those unexpected corners of our community that are driving social innovation. First up we heard from Pete White, founder of Positive Prison? Positive Futures…, a charity representing people with lived experience of punishment working to reduce the harm caused by offending and re-offending in Scotland.
Next was ‘rock-steady’ Josh Barton who ten years ago – with no clear plan, just a desire to help & affect change – founded Upward Mobility. UpMo is an Edinburgh-based charity that provides tailored support services and opportunities for adults with learning difficulties and autism.
Finally we heard from Jean Cumming – founder of Crisis Counselling and our ‘lifetime entrepreneur’ (she’s been in the social enterprise business for twenty years, with another twenty before that in helping improve people’s wellbeing!). As with each of our founders, from small beginnings with little clear plan, Crisis now support 2,000 clients per year and Jean herself provides guidance and mentoring to student counsellors, supports and advises partner organisations, delivers employee counselling and training to business and find time to sit on an emergency planning committee.