They fought for a better life – Review by Stephen Jeffery

How to make a million jobs – A charter for social enterprise A Review I met Colin at The Cottage Cafe, Pitfield Street, Shoreditch in London. This cafe is a fine example of what enterprise can do , it is a vibrant trendy cafe plus it has select second hand furniture and other goods for sale . Just down the road there is a social impact hub which hosts several charities  and is next door to London Youth a third sector representative body for young people’s centres in London. This area of London is very close to my heart. A […]

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Colin Crooks to speak at 2012 Conservative Party Conference      

Conservative Party Conference Birmingham 8th October 2012 Following hot on the heels of his appearance as a speaker at the Labour Party Conference, Colin Crooks will be appearing at the 2012 Conservative Party Conference. He will be speaking on 8th October at a special session focusing on unemployment and the role social enterprise can play in tackling the problem. Colin is author of How to Make a Million Jobs and founder and CEO of Tree Shepherd, a social enterprise which aims to tackle the issue of worklessness in some of the country’s most deprived communities. Looking forward to the debate, and […]

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BBC Daily Politics Soapbox

On 5th September 2012 I featured on BBC 2 Daily Politics show with Jo Coburn and Andrew Neil.  It was a very exciting opportunity to get over my concern about the let-down generation that didn’t get a very good education and watched their local factories and workplaces close all around them. BBC 2 Daily Politics Watch Again You can watch my soapbox and the interview on the link above    

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Colin to speak at Labour Conference 2012

Labour Party Conference Manchester 3rd October 2012 Colin Crooks, will be speaking at a special session looking at the issue of persistent unemployment as part of the 2012 Labour Party Conference. Colin Crooks is author of How to Make a Million Jobs and founder and CEO of Tree Shepherd, a social enterprise which aims to tackle the issue of worklessness in some of the country’s most deprived communities. If you are attending the conference, please do come along and join the debate!

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The How to Make a Million Jobs tour comes to Manchester

Pragmatic Radicalism Manchester 2nd October Colin Crooks has confirmed he will be speaking in Manchester, at an event organised by Pragmatic Radicalism, on Tuesday 2nd October. He will be speaking about what can be done to address the challenge of persistent unemployment as part of the promotional tour for his book, How to Make a Million Jobs. More details soon.

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How do we create jobs?

How do we create jobs? Please see my most recent blog post on the Guardian’s Social Entreprise Network; https://socialenterprise.guardian.co.uk/en/articles/social-enterprise-network/2012/aug/29/job-creation-unemployment-crisis

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Author of Social Value Act to launch book

Hoxton Apprentice Shoreditch Monday 17th September Chris White MP, author of the newly drafted Social Value Act, will be speaking at a special event to launch a new book which looks at how social enterprise can play a vital part in addressing the problem of worklessness. How to Make a Million Jobs is a timely and provocative book written by social entrepreneur Colin Crooks, and the book will be officially launched at the event in the Hoxton Apprentice in Shoreditch on 17th September. More details of how to attend coming soon.

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Colin Crooks at Green Party Conference, Bristol, 9th September

Green Party Conference 2012 Bristol Sunday 9th September 2012 Colin Crooks has been confirmed as one of the speakers at a special fringe session on 9th September as part of the 2012 Green Party Conference. The session will be looking at the issue of persistent unemployment, and Colin will line up alongside Molly Scott-Cato (Green Party Economics Spokesperson) and George Barda (representing Occupy LSX). Colin is author of How to Make a Million Jobs and founder and CEO of Tree Shepherd, a social enterprise which aims to tackle the issue of worklessness in some of the country’s most deprived communities. […]

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Social Enterprise and the unemployment crisis

Social Enterprise and the unemployment crisis Published on the Guardian Social Enterprise Network 25. July 2012 I recently spoke to an audience at the RSA, aiming to debunk the rather comfortable myths about unemployment that many have accepted. Seemingly unemployment is not too serious, it’s cyclical and there are jobs out there for those that have the gumption to go and get them. I’m afraid those assumptions are plain wrong. The numbers are far from manageable because official unemployment figures – 2.61 million out of work – hide the fact there are actually 6.5 million people who want to work […]

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What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for me? written by Colin Crooks Published by Clearly So  4th July 2012 Serial social entrepreneur Colin Crooks highlights the importance of job creation and the need for a more inclusive, socially minded approach to business. Recently I spoke about unemployment on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Four Thought’ programme. My speech was far reaching – I said the situation was much worse than is ever reported, there are actually around 6.5 million people wanting to work but unable to do so. An incredible proportion of our working age population is very poorly skilled and I bemoaned the failure […]

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