Good Ideas Class 2019

As the month of January turns to February we take a quick breath to reflect on the New Year and to welcome our Edinburgh Class of 2019.

At the end of 2018 we welcomed Megan Fraser and Helen Denny, both experienced coaches, who will support the Class through the programme.
The Class have begun the year looking at what drives them with our lovely partner Katie Banham from Learning to Flourish.

It’s been a faced paced and challenging month and we can’t wait to see where the year takes us.

Welcome Good Ideas 2019


Kath MacDonald

Kath MacDonald
Listen Up

“Listen Up” is a social enterprise that believes everyone has a story to tell.

We help professionals who care for others to care for themselves. We do this by offering a safe space to share your story and explore ways to co-create alternative endings. Our creative workshops and courses are delivered by skilled facilitators who give you the tools to build resilience so that you continue to find joy and meaning at work.


Louise Irvine

Louise Irvine
Wellbeing Rebels

Wellbeing Rebels are an inspiring community of people who are living well with chronic pain.

We are a safe supportive space offering wellbeing courses to help people realise their own inner strength and resilience and enable self management of symptoms.

We believe, if people living with pain, are given the right support and training, they can lead fulfilling lives and become wellbeing champions within their own community.


Nigel Honey

Nigel Honey
Ability Film and TV

With over 11 million people in the UK defined as disabled excluding mental health, why is only 5% of the TV and Film Industry crewed by disabled people?

Ability Post Production Academy is the 1st Dedicated Training School which will provide both affordable and accessible training in the latest Film & TV Post Production Editing Software.

Nigel G Honey is a Film Editor, the Only Certified Avid / Davichi Resolve Instructor in Scotland, discouraged from working in the industry due to hidden disabilies, he went on to edit Films for Cannes, Raindance, Edinburgh and BAFTA. He has proven even If you are disabled you can still work in the Creative Industries.


Nikhat Yusaf

Nikhat Yusaf
Beyond Boundaries

We are Beyond Boundaries and we help learners of all ages who want to improve their reading and writing skills by creating research based multi-sensory bespoke one to one literacy programmes unlike the one size fits all rigid plans on the market. We are all about empowering people to learn at their own pace, set their goals and feel a sense of achievement at their progress. We are a community of experienced teachers who passionately believe that we can all learn together.


Patricia Munoz

Patricia Munoz
Taller Base

As an experienced workshop facilitator, I believe that formal education is limited and that this can lead to unfulfilled individual potential in our communities. Artists and creative organisations often fill this gap in education by providing a gateway to learning through workshop experiences in a variety of settings – but – they often work in isolation or within their own limited resources, networks or area.

Taller Base aims to connect people who need access to further learning and those who deliver learning experiences. The Taller Base vision is to create an educational access hub through an interactive website and shared platform where learners can quickly find classes and Teaching Artists can easily list their profiles and workshops.


Robbie Tolson

Robbie Tolson
Back to Back


Back to Back is a nonprofit organisation which uses the art of djing as a tool to tackle homelessness.  We believe in a different approach, where one community of skilled people supports another. With established dj’s and music lovers donating time, knowledge, music collections, equipment and space to run weekly workshops/tuition. Regularly inviting world famous DJ’s to host the masterclasses and give the participants the chance to spin tunes, back to back,  with their new idols. Thus, inspiring confidence and teaching new skills, all whilst having a right good time. We promote this model to be emulated or franchised in other cities throughout the world. In doing so we hope to build ‘Back to Back’ into a sustainable social enterprising brand of events, merchandise, tuition and much more. 


Sandra Codd

Sandra Codd
CHAKANA

CHAKANA is a social enterprise aimed to create a net of support for women from deprived areas, ethnic minorities and indigenous backgrounds in northern Chile. By offering mentoring, coaching, business advice, and small loans, CHAKANA will support women willing to put their business ideas into practise, giving them a supportive environment where they generate a better income for their household, and create a positive impact in their Communities. Unlike existing grants and government funding, CHAKANA will be actively involved in the process, empowering and helping women to become mentors in their local communities. The development of self-sustaining communities, with circular economies is pivotal to CHAKANA’s vision of a better future for women and children from vulnerable groups that have been ignored or bypassed by society.


steven bfr

Steven McCluskey
Bikes for Refugees (Scotland)

Bikes for Refugees (Scotland) supports the social inclusion and integration of New Scots through the provision of free bikes and the transformational power of cycling- helping isolated individuals and families to connect with communities, essential services and to form new friendships.

In the first two years nearly 500 bikes have been refurbished and distributed free to . Our stretch target is the distribution of 1,000 bikes by end 2019. To achieve this goal we require to develop a robust enterprise strategy and business plan supporting the long term sustainability and delivery of project objectives.


Tara O’Leary & Laura Japp
Simple Shelters


We are a social enterprise that helps people who want to connect to nature through the building and use of huts and other simple structures. We are social enterprise based on the Falkland Estate in Fife. We believe that working outside, learning new skills, improves human wellbeing. We work with people who want to learn to build and use huts and other simple structures. In an era of short attention spans and the marginalisation of practical hand-skills, our work reconnects us to the basic human need to create and to provide shelter.


Teja Hudson

Teja Hudson
Zero

Zero is focused on one central idea: if consumers can clearly see how sustainable a product and its packaging are, they will make better choices for the planet. Plastic pollution has become a major issue recently, with a surge of people now interested in making zero waste and plastic free choices. But it is still very difficult and time consuming to find and assess sustainable products, with a vast amount of conflicting information and “greenwash” only adding to the confusion.

We are dedicated to preventing demand for wasteful products through developing clear labelling and providing easily accessible information for consumers.


Will Muir

Will Muir
Project Raise

There are over 1 billion boys under the age of 18 across the world. Many of these boys learn attitudes that support gender based violence and discrimination. These attitudes underpin a culture that leads to unacceptable rates of gender based discrimination and sexual violence. Not all boys are part of this problem, but every boy can be part of the solution. We must raise every boy to be gender equitable and non-violent, an outcome we call Gender Equitable Boys. Project Raise is an international coalition committed to raising every boy to be a Gender Equitable Boy. We convene the key stakeholders that are required to deliver Gender Equitable Boys, and build their capacity to co-create, deliver and evaluate programmes that raise Gender Equitable Boys.