I describe myself as a social entrepreneur, author and campaigner. I passionately believe that social entrepreneurship is as much an attitude as a skill. It can liberate, empower individuals, organisations and communities, enabling them to deliver sustainable profound social change.
This century will I think be defined by community led business. The 19th century saw the rise of socially responsible family owned firms such as Cadburys, Colmans and Clarks. The 20th century saw the rise of the corporate, with profit seen as more important than people. Now we are seeing communities taking over pubs, opening shops and delivering public service. There is just so much you can do, if you try!
I have one more book on leading change to write, then another in which I will explore the role of faith in leading change (I am a Quaker). Finally I plan to write collective biographies, each centred on a place, telling the stories of those who know it.
If you’ve enjoyed one of my books, do tell me. If you’ve an audience who’d benefit from hearing how ordinary people can lead extraordinary change, get in touch. I enjoy speaking to groups and love seeing the faces change as the penny drops. The future is ours, if we choose to accept the challenge of creating it.