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OMG DNA 4 NDA award

Friend of Red Ochre, Atif Choudry CEO of Diversity and Ability, has been short listed for a National Diversity Award in the Entrepreneur of Excellence category for the good work they’ve been doing. Good luck on award night from Red Ochre. Read more »

Published: August 14, 2019.

Practical innovation

For those of you who are interested here’s a link to a blog I wrote for the City Business Library (CBL) in London. Read more »

Published: August 14, 2019.

Shout out to “Al Banat”

On the 3rd July the British Council Egypt launched the Young ChangemakeHERS programme. The project is supported by the British Council Developing Inclusive and Creative Economies (DICE) programme, Ashoka Arab World and, of course, Red Ochre. This programme will support 60 young women from 14 governorates in Egypt to develop their creative ad social initiatives. Read more »

Published: July 10, 2019.

Red Ochre makes waves in Egypt

We’re please to be able to let you know that Red Ochre tools introduced in the #socialenterprise training in February 2019 have been adopted in the marketing plan of the Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry, Industrial Modernisation Centre (IMC). There is more coming from Creative Egypt very shortly. Read more »

Published: July 10, 2019.

Alan McFeteridge shows “Dead End” in Sydney

We’re happy to let anyone in Sydney know that friend and client of Red Ochre, Alan McFeteridge, has a photography exhibition at the Wedge Gallery, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George St, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia from 25th July – 6 August 2019. For an invite to the book launch and private view take a look at Alan’s website. Read more »

Published: July 10, 2019.

North Macedonian TV interview

While I was in Macedonia working with partners on the Upcylcing 4 Youth programme I was interviewed for North Macedonian TV. Martin and I are in the piece from 17:31 onwards. Read more »

Published: May 30, 2019.

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.