Yes, it is National Social Enterprise Day today. (But you knew that, right?) And for the first time in three years I’m not formally celebrating it, which feels rather strange. In my previous job, almost all my work over a year culminated in the third Thursday of November. And this year…nothing.But I still fundamentally believe in the potential for social enterprises to radically change the way our public services are delivered and to deliver the sort of community regeneration that the statutory sector could only dream of.
So, in honour of the many social enterprises that deliver real benefits to their communities, I would urge you to listen to Tim Smit’s keynote speech to this year’s VOICE, the national social enterprise conference (which I won’t be attending in 2008 – boo!) and feel inspired. Smit is the founder of the Eden Project and enthuses about the whole subject of social enterprise far better than I ever could. It’s 15 minutes long but it’s worth it.