At the start of October The Melting Pot celebrated its 12th birthday and we’ve been looking back on the journey the organisation has been on.

14 years ago TMP’s founder and CEO Claire Carpenter had a vision. It was a light bulb moment that she thought could spark a social innovation revolution. She wanted to take all the social ideas around her and mix them together in one big melting pot to create a new way of working and a better society. She identified the problem and saw a potential solution, and as is her way, she made it happen. After 2 years of planning and development The Melting Pot was born.

5 years after opening The Melting Pot Claire saw another opportunity to help social innovators reach their potential and so Good Ideas began. Over the last 7 years we have supported over 200 social innovators as they establish their own ideas for social change. We have incubated 91 different social ventures of which 46 are still operating (or in development) today.

So what do we look for from our applicants?

A good idea and a commitment to making positive social change. 

How do you demonstrate that commitment?

It’s simple, you apply for the first stage of the Good Ideas process the Camp! The Camp runs over 2 days, the first day focuses on exploring the problems and root causes of the social issue you want to address. During the second day you will identify possible solutions for making change in order to expand upon and hone your good idea.

Once you’ve taken your idea through the Good Ideas Camp you can apply for the Class: Weekly workshops over 6 months cover everything from funding to pitching. The process is steeped in peer to peer feedback, practical tools and expert input. The Class will progress their ideas for social change, look after their wellbeing and build the community they need to thrive. 

Applications for this year’s Good Ideas Camp in Edinburgh are open until Monday 28 October, you can find out more and submit your application here. The entire process is completely free and the Camp is designed to help ideas at any stage, whether a scribble on the back of an envelope or an up and running project. We only accept applications once a year, so don’t miss your chance to find the support you need to make a significant social impact.

If you can’t commit to the full process this year join our mailing list and keep an eye out for upcoming Catalyst workshops. These intensive 2 hour workshops help you think about potential solutions to social issues and help you clarify your approach. You’ll come away with a better idea of what to do next and get a taste of what Good Ideas offers!

Who knows where you will be in 12 years?

Applications for the 2019/20 Good Ideas programme are closed. If you have an idea and want to be kept up to date of when applications open in 2020 sign up to our newsletter and we’ll keep you up to date with the next programme cycle as well as news and events.