Good Ideas Academy ventured out of the Pot for an action packed Class Trip.

Since January we’ve been helping this years Good Ideas Class make their good idea happen. The class are tackling a range of issues, improving emergency response training, promoting the employment of ex-offenders and reducing food waste through a local food hub, to name but a few. You can meet our amazing class members here!

We provide an intensive programme of workshops (on everything from legal structures to fundraising) as well as 1:1 mentoring from brand experts Noble Ox and coach Katie Banham. One of the highlights of the programme is the Class Trip. This year, the day long trip was on Monday 6 March.

The trip is an opportunity for the class to connect with social innovators from around Edinburgh who have been there and done it. It kicked off bright and early with a morning packed full of inspiring speakers, including Good Ideas Academy alumni Caroline Malcolm, Briana Pegado, Grant Williams and Michelle Reilly, Fathers Network Scotland’s Nick Thorpe and CEO of the Grassmarket Community Project Jonny Kinross.

Above: The speakers in action! Left to right: Grant, Caroline, Briana and Michelle

This was a chance to hear social change makers’ stories: candid, personal and coming right from the front line! One of the class told us, “I was really moved and inspired by all the speakers.”

Time for a quick lunch, then the class headed out into the big bad world to visit some of Edinburgh’s most exciting social enterprises. Groups headed out to Emotion Works, SHRUB and the infamous Social Bite.

Some of the class made their way over to The Crags Centre. Simon Turner not only runs The Crags but is facilitating the Good Ideas Academy, this was a chance for the class to see Simon in his natural habitat! “It was great to see The Crags and the way that they’ve focused what they do on providing space to the community”

After visiting The Edinburgh Tool Library and the Remakery, social enterprises run by Good Ideas Academy alumni Chris Hellawell and Sophie Unwin, a class member said, “It was wonderful to see these social entrepreneurs ‘living the dream’ and doing immense good in the world. Sophie and Chris were candid, engaging and happy to answer all our questions.”

The trip was rounded off, in true style, with a trip to a social enterprise pub. At The Southside Social founder Chris Thewlis talked about their unique model, his journey and their social enterprise gin “Ginerosity”.  Then, it was time for a debrief with a few choice beverages and LOTS of chips.

So, that’s the round up of the latest instalment of the Good Ideas Academy. Make sure to keep an eye on the Good Ideas Class 2017 as they start up and take off!

We want to say a massive thank you to Caroline Malcolm Upcycled World, Briana Pegado Edinburgh Student Arts Festival, Grant Williams Himalayan Centre for Art and Culture, Jonny Kinross Grassmarket Community Project, Michelle Reilly Street Fit Scotland, Nick Thorpe Fathers Network Scotland, Claire Murray Emotion Works, Lorraine McCauley SHRUB, Simon Turner The Crags Centre, Myriam Guery and Zakia Moulaoui Social Bite, Chris Hellawell Edinburgh Tool Library, Sophie Unwin Edinburgh Remakery and Chris Thewlis Southside Social.

Do you have a good idea but need the support, excitement and inspiration to get it off the ground? Join the Good Ideas Academy!

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