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Social Business Session #1

  • Feb 9, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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To provide a regular forum where we can share ideas, experiences and models for helping organisations become more social. And, in doing so, create new connections that lead to community.

**Really important**

This is not a social media marketing event. We will not be talking about Facebook, Twitter etc. This is about organisational culture, structure, and internal technologies and approaches.


We welcome people from a diverse range of backgrounds: academics, consultants, researchers, do-ers.


  1. Open, because we each have a piece of the answer
  2. Diversity FTW
  3. You create the value
  4. No spam


Learning, connecting, making change happen. And in doing so, building the UK social business community.


- Coffee and chatting

- A few punchy lil' presentations to stimulate discussion

- Group discussions

- Ends at 12 pm

Probable presenters

- Anne McCrossan, Visceral Business

- Carole Leslie, Employee Ownership Association

- Jenni Lloyd, NixonMcInnes

- Lee Bryant, Dachis Group

- Nick Crawford, BUPA


The group was conceived and is organised by Will McInnes from NixonMcInnes.

We are looking for interesting presentations, free central London venues and other support: get involved :)

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  • A former member
    A former member

    A good starting point. Always hard to know where to start this sort of thing. Really appreciated the open and honest way that the session was run, exploring the subject and testing the community. It certainly didn't feel like it was a bunch of people telling us the answers, more a group of like-minded people testing things out. I liked that. It was also great to have the breadth of skills present, more varied skill sets needed as we move forward. I think it was right to be content heavy in the first session, in later groups perhaps we spend the 2nd half of the group testing ideas out in a group setting?

    February 10, 2012

  • Elle

    It was a good try for a 1st session. In terms of format, we all agreed on something less 'push', i'd suggest a single presentation to introduce a topic to be debated. there was a good suggestion of putting chairs in a circle.
    as for topic, i believe it is so wide i wonder if we can pick on different strands at different sessions. most presentations at session #1 were about improving performance through staff engagement, most of the time via technology, but other than Carole's presentation (employee ownership), there was nothing about 'social business' in the 'traditional' sense, a business which has as a PRIMARY (not incidental) objective to tackle poverty, environmental/social issues. As someone from the dated NGO model, it was something i was looking fwd to, but imagine/hope it will be tackled in a dedicated session.

    February 10, 2012

  • Stephen C.

    Great kick-off and some fantastic viewpoints that have set the agenda. I'd like to see some more clients (captains of industry) and even abstainers sharing their views on what Social Business means to them. I also agree that a psychological perspective would add something unique and I've got just the person.

    More open discussions next time please.

    February 10, 2012

  • Nick C.

    Fantastic first session. Agree that next time more conversational approach would be great.
    All speakers were very interesting, would have loved to discuss content in detail, and get to know attendees better.

    February 10, 2012

  • Robert W.

    A really great start, a bit more talk from everyone would be good, perhaps on a few themes that we could all agree.

    February 9, 2012

  • Will M.

    Hi Laurence and everyone else - I have a few plan B options for venue, but still holding out for something totally suited. Will update here and send you all a mail as soon as its confirmed. Whatever happens, we'll be going ahead - just a question of where!

    February 6, 2012

  • Elle

    news on location?

    1 · February 6, 2012

  • Miranda A.

    Social business ROCKS!

    1 · January 17, 2012

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