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The world in which we live is experiencing more complicated problems who’s relationships with one can make them seem overwhelming. We experience these problems in our own lives when our health, our education, our livelihoods, our environment are adversely affected. And if it is not our own lives affected, then it is the lives of other people in our homes in our communities.

These problems prevent us from leading happy, healthy lives, thriving as individuals and communities.

Unfortunately, the strategies and the tools which we have today to tackle these problems are insufficient.

They often do not solve the problems owing to the dynamic nature of the problems they seek to solve. And resource-intensive solutions are constrained by limited resources; the people and the money to pay for implementation.

The way forward is not to tinker around the edges of the existing solutions. It is not to find ever more resources from a diminishing pot that is increasingly oversubscribed. We have to be honest and accept that the only way forward is to come up with new solutions: good ideas that can help solve the problems that our friends, families and communities face.

Such innovation inevitably starts as an idea: a fleeting thought; perhaps a vision of how the world could be a better place that exists in the mind of one person.

There are thousands of such ideas germinating in entrepreneurial minds every day. And these are the ideas that are essential for us to survive and thrive in the future. They must, therefore, be realised. They cannot be left as ideas, idle in the minds of entrepreneurs.

Sadly, however, few ideas ever make it from the entrepreneur’s brain into a pilot – let alone into a practical solution on the ground.

This failing is in part due to the difficult nature of building solutions. Only one in ten enterprises for profit, or not, survives.

But the major reason is that the entrepreneurs with good ideas do not have the support that they need; the support that is essential to take that idea from their mind, and put it into practice.

And this is where The Melting Pot and the Good Ideas Incubator Program comes in. Good Ideas identifies wonderful enthusiastic imaginative passionate and highly capable professionals who have great ideas for how the world can be a better place and the programme helps them put those ideas into a pilot and prepare them for practice.

Good Idea will help you take your idea, test the feasibility and support you to put a pilot on the ground within six months. This is a low risk, low resource approach to supporting early-stage social entrepreneurs to prove the good ideas of the future.

If you have a good idea, then you really must attend one of The Catalyst events in a city near you. The Catalyst events will introduce the Good Ideas program and explain the support and access to resources you can expect, to turn your good idea into reality.

I have been building social enterprises for over 10 years. I joined the Good Ideas program in January 2019 because even though I have the experience, I was building a new idea and I wanted the support I knew I needed to turn it into a reality. The cliche is correct: you can’t walk these paths alone!

Having seen many programs that support early-stage entrepreneurs I can honestly say that the Good Ideas Team led by Helen, Megan and Julie delivered the most thorough and relevant curricular that I have seen yet.

I thoroughly recommend it to anyone who has an idea for how the world could be a better place. And I encourage leaders in the public and the private sectors who believe that they have a role in supporting good ideas to engage with the Melting Pot to support social entrepreneurs in their constituency.

I’ll be happy for anybody who wants to know more to email me personally on [email protected], or to connect with me on LinkedIn

Will Muir
Project Raise
Good Ideas Class of 2019

Applications for the new cycle of Good Ideas are now open. Apply now.