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This blog follows the setting up of BicycleLife and its development.


Setting up Posted on 14 Nov, 2016 09:04AM

I had an inspiring weekend at the Emerge2016 conference at the Saed Business school. Some highlights:

Re-booting business: interesting discussion on profits and purpose and whether they are separate aspects of a business or should be integrated with each other. I also learnt about B Corp businesses (which are certified as being in the latter category).

Impact Gaps Canvas: very useful talk on looking at a social/environmental problem and exploring ways of addressing this. Being a ‘hero’ social entrepreneuer is only one of the possible options.

Broken Food System: a review of the problems with the current global food system and considering which should be prioritised.

Debate on whether government constrains social innovation. The vote was for ‘no’ it does not inherently do so (there being lots of examples where it has constrained and lots where it has not).

Building Great Teams: conversation about teams, dealing with problems as they arise and choosing team members carefully: treat it like dating someone, you need to learn about each other and see if you can forge a common goal and can work together (and so avoid an unpleasant ‘divorce’ later on if it doesn’t work).

Mindfulness Trend: many business schools now teach mindfulness. It teaches you to listen better, to be able to use your brain more effectively – and if you want to help others its good to work on improving yourself so you can do so more effectively.

Also met many inspiring people who have set up suceesful enterprises with a very strong sense of purpose, or who are looking to do so. As usual I am always amazed by the calibre of the people attending and running such an event.

Also made some good contacts, including an exciting cycling project.

Catch Up

Setting up Posted on 11 Nov, 2016 10:52PM

Have been adding content to Facebook and Twitter but forgot about the blog!

I’m also taking a course (on Coursera) called ‘Becoming a Changemaker’ run by the University of Cape Town, South Africa. This is very interesting and is providing useful information and explains ways of looking at problems and seeking solutions when setting up a social enterprise (I’ll post more on this in due course).

Also about to attend a 2-day conference ‘Emerge 2016’ at the Saed Business School. The publicity says:

Emerge brings together students, young professionals, entrepreneurs,
organisations and activists from across the globe to challenge the
status quo and share ideas for a more socially and environmentally
responsible world. Come along and get inspired to create positive social change, find your
tribe, and learn more about how you can make a difference in the world
in which we live.

I’m hoping it will be inspiring and a good opportunity to meet others setting up social enterprises for other purposes.

Setting up social media

Setting up Posted on 05 Aug, 2016 10:07PM

Website set up:
blog set up:
Facebook setup:
Twitter set up: @BicycleLifeUK

(content to be added in due course)

Starting out

Setting up Posted on 02 Aug, 2016 10:25PM

Found the above quote whilst looking for a suitable header image. Thought it was a good place to start.

“The bicycle is a simple solution to some of the world’s most complicated problems”

BicycleLife aims to show how this is so in many different ways