22-26 October, 2012
Devon School of Social Entrepreneurs
With special guests including Matthew Thomas (CEO Fifteen Cornwall), Stewart Wallis (Director of nef), David Bent (Forum for the Future), Kevin Frediani (Paignton Zoo Environmental Park) , Matthew Thomson (Fifteen Cornwall), Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney (founder of Embercombe) and Satish Kumar (Resurgence & Ecologist Magazine editor-in-chief)
This one-week intensive delivered by Devon School of Social Entrepreneurs in partnership with Schumacher College, is a unique opportunity to learn from the people who are doing ‘business for good’ in this country and making it work.
Social Enterprises have shown significantly greater resilience in the recent recession than other UK businesses and start up rates for social enterprises are at an all time high. The UK is at the forefront of social and environmental enterprise, and it is taking the country by storm. We will explore some of the key factors that have helped the UK to become a leader in the growth and development of social entrepreneurs and social enterprises.
Combining the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs action learning methodology and Schumacher College’s deep and transformative understanding of environmental issues, this course is aimed at people who want to develop their environmental project, are ready to start a green enterprise, or run a green community initiative that needs to become more financially sustainable.
We will be using the potent SSE learning mix of peer group activities, action learning sets, highly interactive expert witness sessions, project visits and reflection time, while being embedded in the unique and convivial community learning environment at Schumacher College.
Kevin is Curator of Plants and Gardens at Paignton Zoo Environmental Park where he has most recently overseen the first high density vertical production system for fresh leafy salad crops in the UK called VertiCrop™ to great acclaim recognised with the Institute of Horticulture Nora Stucken award as the UK’s top Horticultural Project in 2011. He has most recently graduated as a fellow from the school of social entrepreneurs with his F.R.E.S.H project that utlisies modern technological horticulture to enable communities to grow food sustainably wherever they live in urban environments.
Stewart graduated in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University. His career began in marketing and sales with Rio Tinto Zinc followed by a Masters Degree in Business and Economics at London Business School. He spent seven years with the World Bank in Washington DC working on industrial and financial development in East Asia. He then worked for Robinson Packaging in Derbyshire for nine years, the last five as Managing Director, leading a successful business turnaround. He joined Oxfam in 1992 as International Director with responsibility, latterly, for 2500 staff in 70 countries and for all Oxfam’s policy, research, development and emergency work worldwide. He was awarded the OBE for services to Oxfam in 2002.
Stewart joined the new economics foundation as Executive Director on 1 November 2003. His interests include: global governance, functioning of markets, links between development and environmental agendas, the future of capitalism and the moral economy.
Joining Fifteen Cornwall in April 2012, Matthew was previously Chief Executive of the London Community Resource Network. A Cornishman returning to his roots after 26 years away, Matthew brings a wealth of experience from the social enterprise, community, environmental, charity sectors as well as the hospitality industry.
Before running the London Community Resource Network he was Learning Director at the School for Social Entrepreneurs and previously held senior roles at Time Bank and the National Lottery Charities Board (now BIG Lottery Fund).
Starting his catering career at the Cornwall Coliseum, Matthew’s subsequent experience in the restaurant and hospitality sector included front-of-house, kitchen and manager roles in four London restaurants and a Mayfair pub. Matthew has also held a range of non-executive directorships and advisory positions with several third sector private and public organisations and sits on the Civil Society Advisory Board in the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
David leads Forum for the Futures Sustainable Business Practice, which helps companies and public sector organisations succeed through sustainability. He runs change projects that deliver results for companies and the critical systems we all depend on. Recent examples include Carillion’s sustainability vision, innovation with eBay Europe, and embedding change at O2 UK. He also leads relationships with O2 UK, Sony Europe and others. He is responsible for: keeping Forum’s methods and thinking at the cutting edge; running the sustainable business team; and raising profile. He has a particular focus on sustainable business models, and the financial case for sustainability.
Tim ‘Mac’ Macartney
Tim is the founder of Embercombe, a charity and social enterprise established to champion a way of living that celebrates the opportunities inherent in this challenging time and that inspires people to contribute energetically towards the emergence of a socially just, environmentally sustainable and spiritually fulfilling human presence on earth. In 1983 Mac was the gardener at a management training centre. By 1987 he was the Head of consultancy at the same place, and two years later had his own London-based people and organisation development consultancy. With the skilled and highly creative involvement of a very dedicated team, this consultancy was later expanded into Russia and Poland. In 1997 after guiding a successful culture change project over a four-year period, Mac’s client offered him the financial means to purchase land and make a dream come true. Embercombe was purchased in April 1999 although it wasn’t until 2006 that the website was hoisted and the gates fully opened.
Over a period of twenty years Mac was mentored and coached by Native American metis ‘Medicine’ people to learn the Earth wisdom that once informed all indigenous peoples, including those of Britain. During this training and ever since he has attempted to bring two worlds together – an ancient world view that emphasises relationship, interdependence, and reverence for life with the huge challenges and equally huge opportunities of the 21st Century. Mac’s work with organisation leaders was motivated by his belief that it was in the world of business that he could exercise his skills to greatest effect for the benefit of future generations. He later modified this position to include people, young and old, privileged and disadvantaged, under-employed and over-employed. Mac’s book Finding Earth, Finding Soul – the invisible path to authentic leadership speaks to the necessity for each of us to gather our courage and step out of the shadows and become the leaders ‘we have been waiting for’.
Dirk is Head of the Dartington School for Social Entrepreneurs. Upon graduating as a master potter, Dirk moved from Germany to England to manage a pottery training and production workshop for the Camphill Village Trust. After making this a great success, Dirk looked for ways to make his work more publicly accessible. He founded and led Taurus Crafts, an arts and craft centre and visitor attraction in the Forest of Dean, in 1995. The centre has developed to become a very successful craft hub, tourism business and social enterprise. In 2009 Dirk left Taurus Crafts to become Business Development Manager at RISE, the social enterprise network support organisation for South West England, where he lead on the development of the ‘Social Enterprise Mark’, an ethical branding concept – a fair-trade logo for companies.
In 2010 Dirk joined the Dartington SSE team as Programme Consultant assisting with the running of the courses, building funding partnerships and developing new course offerings. In June 2011 he became head of school with a remit to expand the reach and scope of the work. Having graduated from the Ashridge Masters in Sustainability and Responsibility in May 2012, Dirk is now working with Schumacher College and the Transition Network to develop the concept of the sustainable entrepreneur.
£750 – All course fees include accommodation, food, field trips and all teaching sessions.
A limited number of bursaries are also available for this course.
We are particularly seeking applications from the following groups of people:
• Individuals involved in sustainability and/or education projects in the global South..
• Passionate individuals working with ground breaking initiatives and alternative lifestyles.
• Those in any sector considering a career change or facing redundancy and who are keen to move into the area of sustainability, ecology, environmental responsibility or education.
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