Author Archive | michellevirgo

AGM 2017

We welcomed a full house of local members to our AGM on Monday as well as speakers from across the UK, Europe and from as far away as Brazil. There was an unanimous re-election of the Executive board and Ian Smith from Food Plymouth joined as a director. Our keynote presentation from Manda Brookman of Coast:One Planet […]

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Plymouth – Good Growth in the Coolest Place

I attended the Plymouth Growth Board on Monday. The highlight for me was a presentation by the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) about the Productivity Plan for Devon and Somerset. As you know we submitted a response on behalf of Plymouth’s social enterprises. The LEP welcomed our submission and also suggested that whilst there is a […]

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Where there’s a will there’s a way: the social enterprise response to Brexit

Brexit and Beyond was the result of several months of agonising over the impact of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union on our opportunities for working productively together with other social purpose organisations across Europe. We started from the position that if there’s one thing that social entrepreneurs are good at, it’s finding creative and […]

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Social Enterprise in the Netherlands

  The third ESSE Europe management meeting was held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands in May 2016. PSEN was represented by Gareth Hart and Michelle Virgo and most of the time was taken up with meetings about ESSE outputs: the Train the Trainer course aimed at teachers and vocational educators; the Best Practice case studies; and […]

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PSEN goes to Berlin

Where better to reflect on the interface between social provision and enterprising solutions than Berlin? We arrived to snow & spent a chilly whirlwind of a week visiting neighbourhoods, local authorities, social enterprises and really getting a feel for the challenges and opportunities for social entrepreneurs in the capital city of Europe’s most prosperous nation. […]

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Why Social?

Why is social enterprise education important in creative disciplines? That was the question behind the Why Social? event jointly hosted by PSEN and City College Plymouth for the ESSE Europe partnership. We started from the premise that the connections are pretty clear: Social Enterprise is inherently creative – it’s about imagining how we want the […]

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Collaborative Leadership for Sustainability

This course, run by Michelle Virgo of Growing Sustainable Futures CIC for the Futures Entrepreneurship Centre at Plymouth University is the result of an international collaboration of people working for sustainability, particularly in communities that are being affected by climate change. It’s a unique programme, based on the skills and knowledge of people already leading […]

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