Over the years Iridescent Ideas CIC has supported a number of what I would broadly term ‘work opportunities’ for younger people. These have been as formal as paid internships, as informal as hosting a week of work experience and semi-structured such as student consultancy projects. Each experience has its pros and cons and has produced different results for us and for the young people we worked with.
Defining what’s important - creating organisational values - a piece of cake? Ah…
It’s OK to pat yourselves on the back occasionally! However, it’s obviously important not to rest on your laurels. We wanted to revisit our vision, mission and values to ensure they are relevant, reflective of our work, resonate with the team and are strong enough to underpin everything we do.
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How social enterprises in Plymouth are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Here at Iridescent Ideas CIC and Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) we often say that we think social enterprises are better for people and better for planet. BUT, where is the proof that social enterprises are better?
Amid the rhetoric of recovery plans and the cries to ‘Level Up‘ and ‘Build Back Better’ there seems to be a missing component: the role of all things digital
Has your community been destroyed, remade or re-envisioned by the pandemic? In one sense COVID atomised communities. We were reduced - 1950’s sci-fi style - by the ray-gun of the pandemic to singles or family units: locked down and stuck in our individual homes.
We've just published our paper on health and economic policy. Click here to download it.
Improving health and wellbeing should be a fundamental aim of the economy yet economic policy making - particularly at a regional level - too often does not include any reference to, or focus on, health. We call for economic policy making to be more closely aligned with health policy to help tackle inequalities, improve wellbeing and increase productivity.
How social enterprises can lead us back to health and prosperity
COVID-19 is showing us that a health issue can not only devastate the lives of those directly in the path of the virus, but can also close shops and high streets, force hundreds of thousands of businesses to struggle and place millions on furlough or out of work. Never has the fundamental link between health and the economy been more clearly underlined.
There is a war of ideas coming. Already skirmishes are being seen and battle lines are being drawn.
Is it time to move on from trying to influence from the inside and fight harder from the outside (with all the risks that entails)?
WHAT is it to be ‘woke’ in business? Woke seems to be the new term for ‘political correctness’. Both have origins in things noble that have become distorted and are now somewhat pejorative phrases.