Seeing things differently
It’s been an interesting year and it’s wonderful to see how people and businesses are making new opportunities in challenging times. It’s been a pleasure working with social enterprises as well as conventional businesses this year; their energy, enthusiasm and flexible approach to business is a constant source of inspiration. One of the aspects of social enterprises that impresses is their ability to adapt, to come up with new ideas, and to look ahead at what they must to to sustain their services as funding becomes more and more difficult to access. Organisations such as The Women’s Centre in Glasgow and Glasgow Wood Recycling, stay ahead of the game without ever losing sight of their key objectives – to help change people’s lives for the better.
A worldwide example of a social enterprise is the International Network of Street Papers, based in Glasgow, which supports more than 100 street publications in 40 countries and in 24 languages. Its combined readership is estimated at 6 million, and Scotland’s First Minister prefers the content of Scotland’s Big Issue to virtually any other paper. More importantly, this social enterprise never loses sight of its key mission – which is to provide a genuine opportunity for people who have no home to regain their self-respect and move on. Setting its own example in innovative thinking, the INSP has just launched its first digital street paper in the north of England, and will be followed by Chicago’s street paper, Streetwise. Follow the link to find out more or to donate.