Let's create a more ethical economy right here in Norfolk

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Let's create a more ethical economy right here in Norfolk

I'm pretty determined to leave the world in a better state than I found it. With my 62nd birthday fast approaching, I don't have time to waste, and so all of my work these days involves helping others grow their social impact.

I am also a Quaker and a Fellow of the RSA. Both organisations strive to create a fairer, more equal and honest world. I've also learned over the years, that bringing together familar brands to collaborate to achieve a common goal can attract attention and deliver results.

So I've organised a debate in Norwich on 3rd October between 1800 and 2030. As well as Norwich Quaker Meeting and the RSA, I've also involved Norwich Cathedral, East of England Coop, Blueprint for Better Business and Investing Ethically, a super local investment broker.

Symptomatic of my enthusiasm for the project is the wide range of places you'll find information about the event. And you can click here to book your place.

So you will also find this event publicised by:

There's room for 200 and I reckon we will be fully booked weeks before the event. My hope is that enough interest will be generated on the night for a project to emerge that will illustrate how today, more than ever before, the purpose driven business is a more profitable business.

I hope I'll see you there

 

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Am I a free range human?

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Am I a free range human?

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I met Harry Harris a few years ago. He was an MBA student and I was delivering a session to his group on entrepreneurship. He was taken by my approach and we talked over a coffee afterwards.

Then, after he'd graduated and found himself in an unsatisfying job, we talked again and he now spends time helping develop Swarm Apprenticeships, a social enterprise I founded in 2014. I was delighted to have inspired him and encouraged him just a little to follow his heart, rather than become another corporate man.

More recently, Harry and his wife Sally have set up a website to help others find their true purpose and become 'free range' humans. I was flattered to be invited to tell my story and explain something of the past that has created the man I am today.

Here's what I wrote.

 

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NEW! OFFICES TO RENT AT THE TURNPIKE FARM BUSINESS CENTRE

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NEW! OFFICES TO RENT AT THE TURNPIKE FARM BUSINESS CENTRE

Right now you have the opportunity to base your organisation here too and rent one, two or three offices. It’s a friendly place, where tenants share kitchen, toilets and a reception area / meeting space. We have a self-contained suite of three furnished offices available from 01 July 2017. 

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The Challenge of Writing

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The Challenge of Writing

I enjoy the challenge of writing interesting pieces for sometimes quite technical publications. In this profile I managed to include Valerie Singleton and Robert Mugabe, as well of course as Simon Williams, the subject of the piece.

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Are you too full of your own self importance?

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Are you too full of your own self importance?

Frogs puff out their throat to get attention. They think it makes them sexy and helps them get their amphibious legs over. It certainly gets them noticed and judging by the number of frogs cavorting round my pond at the moment, works for them.

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Are you running for the right bus?

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Are you running for the right bus?

I've been invited to an event to listen to a motivational speaker. Like so many he offers an attractive formula for business success which is loosely based on common sense. He will be well rehearsed and supported by a neat set Powerpoint slides. If folk are lucky, there will be 'materials' to buy at the end, perhaps a self-published book and a DVD of the presentation.

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What am I waiting for?

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What am I waiting for?

Recently I sat a few feet from Terry Waite as he read some of his poetry and talked with my friend Steve Foyster about his life. The event was organised by Norwich's Revelation Christian Resource Centre and the audience appeared to comprise solely of grey haired Anglicans. (I think that Waite and I were the only Quakers in the room!)

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What is your attitude to risk?

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What is your attitude to risk?

I make my living by taking on risky projects. It's what social entrepreneurs do, because without risk, there can be no gain. I work to remove the barriers to opportunity faced by people denied a fair chance by the perceptions or prejudices of others.

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Do you ever suffer from campaigner's cramp?

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Do you ever suffer from campaigner's cramp?

The other day saw yet another grant application turned down. The funder made the valid observation that the project is new, and so might not run quite as planned. They could not say yes to everyone, and had safer options to back. Quite rightly for them, they invested where they could see the best return.

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Robert becomes an Ambassador of Potential Plus UK

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Robert becomes an Ambassador of Potential Plus UK

Robert has become an Ambassador Potential Plus UK to support and promote their principles and practices of 'High Learning Potential'. Potential Plus UK are an independent charity supporting children with high learning potential (gifted and talented) by working with families, schools and professionals.

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