Horsemeat or expansion – the supply chain conundrum

Horsemeat or expansion – the supply chain conundrum When Laura Weidinger from the Beyond Profit Business Course asked me to speak at King’s College, Cambridge I was delighted – and for 3 reasons.  Firstly, here is a group of students self-organising in a very entrepreneurial way and in their own time to put together their own business programme. Secondly, they have attracted a class of twenty four students who see the value of the social enterprise approach – that is encouraging for all us maturing social entrepreneurs who want to see the spirit of socially useful business being continued but […]

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Community Entrepreneurs forge new business ideas

Community Entrepreneurs forge new business ideas A modern rendition of that long lost call “any old iron?” might soon be ringing out across the north and east of London as a dozen wannabe community entrepreneurs convert their passion for protecting the environment into recycling businesses that serve their communities. The Redmond Community Centre in the middle of the run-down Woodberry Down estate in Hackney was the centre of an extraordinary meeting of two charities, a social entrepreneur and 12 highly motivated people. Everyone there shared a common belief that a community based approach is a far better way of increasing […]

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Reviews from the How to Make a Million Jobs tour

I have received lots of encouraging feedback from people along the way on my How to Make a Million Jobs book tour. Here are reviews of a couple of talks I gave last year.  Colin Crooks presented his plans for a million social enterprise jobs in a fringe at the Green Party conference in Bristol in September 2012 alongside Molly Scott-Cato (Green Party Economics Spokesperson) and George Barda (representing Occupy LSX). What hit home to me was Colin’s candid accounts of the real-life impact of worklessness on the confidence and wellbeing of individuals. And the transforming power of valuable new […]

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Colin to speak in Brent, 13th February

How to make a million Jobs (and what can be done in Brent) Willesden Green Library Centre Wednesday 13th February, 6:00pm-8:00pm Colin Crooks will be in Brent on Wednesday 23rd February to talk about Tree Shepherd, his book How to Make a Million Jobs, and what can be done in Brent. Attendance is free to all, and the talk will take place at Willesden Green Library Centre at 6:00pm. Further details and sign up here.

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Co-Forum 2013

Co-Forum 2013 Cooperatives and Mutuals Wales Newport Wales 23rd February 2:30pm Co-Forum 2013 is a residential conference providing a unique chance for Credit Unions and Co-operatives in Wales to gather together in a comfortable setting to discuss their future plans. The conference consists of evening dinner and networking on Friday 22nd February, followed by a one-day event on the Saturday. The event is sponsored by Co-operatives UK, the Co-operative Group and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust, with support from the Wales Co-operative Centre. Colin Crooks will be speaking at 2:30pm on Saturday 23rd about Tree Shepherd and his book How to […]

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A new book (and author) at Brixton Library

My name is Andy. As a relatively new member of the Tree Shepherd team, I haven’t been to many of Colin’s public speaking events. Last year I heard him speak at School for Social Entrepreneurs about some of his experiences setting up social enterprises, but last week at Brixton Library was the first time I’ve seen Colin speak to a room about his book, How to Make a Million Jobs. Actually, he doesn’t really speak about the book. He mentions it, of course, and plenty of people from the audience bought a signed copy at the end of the evening, […]

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Radio 4 listener sets up new project – InkPots Writing Workshops

Never under-estimate the power of Radio! I recently received an email out of the blue from somebody I’ve never met about my broadcast on Radio 4 last year. Gill heard me speaking, and decided to put into action a project she had been thinking about for some time. Here’s an extract from that email: —– Dear Colin We have obviously never met – but I just wanted to let you know that you have helped inspire me to set up a new business! (I have never done anything like this before – and have been meaning to send you a […]

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Progress Online book review – “inspiring”

Jonathan Todd reflects on why he joined the Labour party, why he is still an activist, and the solutions proposed in How to Make a Million Jobs. “Part of what is inspiring about the work of Crooks is that he proposes solutions that are practical in the sense both of being achievable and in being things that we could get on with in the here and now.” Read the full review here.

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