Connecting Communities ‘From Over the Hill’
To tie in with the launch of our LEADER funded programmes in the Cairngorms National Park, David looks at the rich history of this area and how solutions to local challenges may be found just 'over the hill'.
If at First You Do Succeed - Analyse, Learn & Succeed Again
When was the last time you analysed a project that went well? Lara looks at how we can potentially learn more from our sucesses than our failures.
Getting to the Heart of Community Leadership
Following a recent Academy programme in rural Pakistan, David reflects on the community leadership revolution in rural Scotland and what factors have contributed to its success.
4 TED Talks to Help You Reconnect with Information
This week, we share 4 TED talks that explore how ‘conscious information use’ enables us to have more personal and social impact.
5 Ideas to Build Reflection Time into Your Day
Our staff and tutors share a few simple ways you can promote reflection to help ensure that you’re making the right kind of impact with your work and relationships.
Your Year on Twitter with @SocEntAcademy
You have had a busy year! From starting up school social enterprises to leading change in organisations and communities, here is a little snapshot of what you've been up to.
60 Seconds with Elspeth McCoull
As Head Teacher of Glendale Gaelic Primary, Elspeth reflects on the leadership challenges facing Gaelic speaking teachers and educational practitioners in this 60-second interview.
Reflecting on Scotland's Social Enterprise Ecosystem
Reflecting on this year's Social Enterprise World Forum in Hong Kong, Neil shares his thoughts into the importance of having a strong ecosystem of support (and appreciating when you have one).
5 Podcasts to Get You Thinking
Evidence shows that a powerful story can have a significant impact on our thinking - so how can podcasts challenge our assumptions or shift our perceptions and behaviour? Give these five a go and see.
Learner Insights: Pete White
"For most of the people I work with the experience of being treated as an equal is new. They often tend to feel they are disadvantaged or only see what they can’t do. Suddenly their voice is heard."
Learner Insights: Carol Cunningham
“Turns out I am the world’s biggest reflector! It made me wonder if I expected the people I work with to be the same, but having been on the programme, it helped me to consider what their learning style was and consider their views to develop our services as a team.”
Learner Insights: Gary White
“Motivating people is a big part of my job. What I learned on the programme gave me a better understanding of myself. I am a natural starter and love to initiate new things but am not so great at finishing! So I look out for that.”
Learner Insights: Michelle Ferguson
I understood that I couldn’t change everything and I couldn’t make everything all right all of the time... We had an open conversation about how we worked. I walked away and thought it doesn’t matter if I can’t fix it. What’s important is that we have been open and we can adapt.”
Social Enterprise in the Periphery
The issues facing rural communities are all too familiar. But as the tide turns in Scotland through a rise in community-led and social enterprises, what could be behind these changes in the periphery?
Starting with the End in Mind
Exploring the 'Flight of the Buffalo' concept by James Belasco and Ralph Stayer, we're reminded that there may be more we can do as leaders to prevent the 'herd getting wiped out'.
Young People Embrace the Power of Connection
Young people are empowered by opportunities to turn their ideas into action, and they're using the power of connection and partnership to make sure it has an impact.
In Memory of Chris Higgins
Chris Higgins, our friend and Board member, sadly passed away on 31 May 2016. This is a tribute to a man who had enormous impact and was a great supporter of social enterprise in Scotland.
The Moment of Change
When you think one moment could change the one million moments that follow, we're empowered by various 'moments of realisation' where our learning really starts to click.
Creating Time to Slow Down
When time is the difference between making change happen now or later, it's so easy to push ourselves to work harder and faster. But could the fastest way forward actually be to slow down?
How to Start Writing Reflectively
Writing a journal is a simple way to practice reflection - here are some tips and ideas to get started
We can spend a lot of time on 'auto-pilot' while we lose ourselves in the tasks that need to be done. But what might it mean to you to be more 'present' for that time?
The Next Generation of Social Entrepreneurs
Social enterprise is becoming fertile ground for young leaders to apply their strengths and leadership to create real social impact. So how can we encourage more of it?
An Inner Well of Resilience
A recent learner on our Leading Edge programme, Ewan shares the importance of embracing reflection in developing effective and resilient leadership.
Ignite your Ubuntu Leadership
You could argue that 'Ubuntu' just brings together the many theories, buzzwords and approaches that are currently being promoted in our sector. But leading with an Ubuntu spirit is so much more than that...
A Half-Open Door to Women Leaders
Gender bias can show its face in subtle forms, but its effects can create an environment where women aren't able to really thrive as leaders.