Author Archive | michellevirgo

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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Local Banking event update

This event, held on 10th July 2015 at the Guildhall in Plymouth brought together 35 people representing socially entrepreneurial organisations in Plymouth, Devon and Cornwall to gain expertise, share ideas and plan next steps for local stakeholder banking. With that in mind, we invited Alex Templeton from the Community Bank of Hampshire, to tell us […]

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Network Meeting 14th July

Our next full network meeting will be at Mast House,  12.00 to 2.00 pm on 14th July. Our guest speaker will be Rob Nelder from Thrive Plymouth who will be talking about the 4:4:54 plan to reduce health inequality. He is keen to meet potential providers who can deliver services within this framework. We will […]

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ESSE partners in Plymouth

Partners from the five countries particpating in the ESSE social enterprise education project visited Plymouth this week. This European funded project will develop a training programme and resources to equip educators and careers advisors to fully support students in choosing social enterprise as a career option. The project is led by City College, Plymouth in […]

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