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Weclome to Gunning Kidul

I recently spent a week and a half on Gunning Kidul on Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This wasn’t a holiday. It was an eye opening opportunity for me work with DEC (Disability Empowerment Centre) on a community enterprise programme. I found it interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, DEC is a cooperative (locally called an association) of cooperatives. It also engages directly in work with its members and the wider community. Secondly, 98% of the membership has some form of disability. Furthermore, the membership includes people that completed university through to people that haven’t completed primary school. This was such an Read more »

Published: May 29, 2019.

Upcycling4Youth Project

Robert and Martin recently returned from Kavardarci in North Macedonia where we are working with our partners Eco-Zhivot (Eco-Life) and Proekt-EU on a youth Upcycling project, Upcycling4Youth. Over the next 9 months, we’ll be working with Youtubers, writing materials, taking young Macedonians on a London based environmental enterprise experience and partnering with Petit Miracles on this exciting project. Read more »

Published: May 29, 2019.

Maximising Cultural Heritage in Education

We’re working with Avilys in Vilnius, Lithuania and Materahub in Matera, Italy in order to better support cultural entrepreneurs and those working with heritage. Robert and Martin were recently in the stunning city of Matera where we saw some amazing examples of cultural led transformation. We’re working on some new methods and training materials so we can all deliver better training in this area in the future. We will be making these widely available for practitioners, so please come back on a regular basis for access to the materials. This project is supported by Erasmus+. Read more »

Published: May 29, 2019.

In the shadow of the Pyramids

Creative enterprises are well known for growing economic activity, resuscitating moribund city centres and creating pathways of success for those at the margins of society. Combine this with community based social enterprise and you have the makings of major social change. The British Council is piloting a programme to stimulate creative and social enterprises in 5 countries. As a prelude to the launch of the programme Red Ochre was asked to deliver a 3-day workshop in Cairo on understanding, supporting and expanding the creative and social enterprise sectors in Egypt. The workshop was attended by 25 plus senior representatives from Read more »

Published: April 26, 2019.

Is a social enterprise better than a charity? (Part 2)

In my last blog I discussed the birth and naming of the Cairo Model as a way to begin to answer the question “Is a social enterprise better than a charity?” In this blog I will explore what the Cairo Model is and how it can help you make appropriate decisions for legal structures, for marketing and communication activity and funding. So, tell me about the Cairo Model? The model can be summarised with this diagram (see below). The first part of the model attempts to define your market. The second part helps you understand the situation. The third part Read more »

Published: April 26, 2019.

Is a social enterprise better than a charity? (Part 1)

This is a question posed to me when I was in Cairo earlier in February. I had the good fortune to be working with the British Council Egypt and several Egyptian government departments on the creative social enterprise sector. After wrestling with the existential question, and a brief pause to gather my thoughts, I expanded on a model I have been developing and speaking around for the last couple of years. I’ve called this the Cairo Model in honour of the place where my thinking became a practical diagnostic tool and template for further action. The model can help you Read more »

Published: February 25, 2019.

Celebrating diversity and promoting integration amongst British and migrant entrepreneurs.

The Migrant Entrepreneur of the Year Awards will be held at the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) on 27th April 2019 from 7pm. If you know a migrant entrepreneur who deserves to be recognised for their hard work and dedication, please nominate them here. They must be born outside of the UK and run a business. The finalists are chosen by public votes. Read more »

Published: February 1, 2019.

New Chief Executive, new challenges

Five top tips to make it fulfilling and purposeful Think about what makes a good leader Start believing you are the Chief Executive Research! Don’t rush into making decisions Establish a good working relationship with the Chair The Directory of Social Change is launching a new course New Chief Executive, New Challenges with Uday. You can find out more about the top tips and the course here. Read more »

Published: January 30, 2019.

Infographic: 5 NFP marketing myths

Nonprofit Library has an interesting infographic on marketing, social media and email marketing myths.  It’s definitely worth a look.  Source: Nonprofit Library, Author John Hayden Read more »

Published: December 18, 2018.

Chilli Tuk Tuk wins British Curry Award 2018

Red Ochre client Chilli Tuk Tuk wins the 2018 British Curry Award for Best Take Away in the country. Deepak Christopher explored Indian cuisine learning from top chefs in India before setting up his take away in North Finchley in 2015. The food consistently gets rave reviews from the lucky inhabitants of north London. Read more »

Published: December 18, 2018.

DNA wins The Noon Award

Diversity and Ability Ltd (DNA) scooped up the 2018 Noon Award at the Global Equality and Diversity Conference, in recognition for their work combining mental health & digital inclusion courses for disabled/neurodiverse people that are affected by homelessness. DNA has worked with Crisis over the past 4 years on this enriching & positive journey. Read more »

Published: December 18, 2018.

Book launch: Towards a Fair and Just Economy

Long term Red Ochre collaborators – Context – based in Utrecht undertake many social enterprise support programmes globally. Regularly the learning from the work is published to make to better disseminate the findings. The latest publication – Towards a Fair and Just Economy – was launched at a very well-attended event at the Impact Factory in Utrecht on the 25th of October. The key chapter in the book explores a new social enterprise business model that has improved the lives and livelihoods of apple farmers in the Indian Himalayas. Read more »

Published: November 7, 2018.

Developing Inclusive & Creative Economies (DICE) programme: Cairo scoping visit

Uday participated in a scoping visit to Cairo to seek partners to deliver a programme to grow and develop social and creative enterprises in Egypt. The trip coincided with celebrations for the British Council’s 80th anniversary in Egypt. An impressive number of people attended the 80th anniversary conference. Many from government departments and agencies, universities as well as umbrella organisations, intermediaries and creative entrepreneurs. Read more »

Published: November 7, 2018.

Social Enterprise Bootcamp in Sudan

For several years, the British Council has been running a support programme for young entrepreneurs in Sudan. Young entrepreneurs apply to participate in a training event that then allows some of them to pitch their ideas on national television – a Sudanese Dragon’s Den known as Mashrouy. The public get to vote for a winner This year the theme was on social enterprise. Over 30 entrepreneurs attended a 4-day Social Enterprise Bootcamp in Khartoum during September. Also attending were several experienced entrepreneurs who wanted to improve their skills to train and support other entrepreneurs. Read more »

Published: November 7, 2018.

DICE fund Egypt event – all welcome

On 19th November 2018 at 6 p.m, Red Ochre is holding an event to discuss the British Council’s Developing Inclusive & Creative Economies (DICE) programme. https://www.britishcouncil.org/programmes/dice/fund The British Council is currently promoting a collaboration project between Social and Creative Enterprises in the UK and those in 5 other countries. Read more »

Published: November 6, 2018.