Discover Social Enterprise: Forge Your Own Path After University
Today’s graduates want work that makes a difference: we’re more likely to look for employment that is flexible, independent, and that has a social purpose as well as delivering a fortnightly pay-cheque. But how to achieve the Gen Y dream in a job market that’s more precarious than it has been in decades?
Join us at HUB Islington for a conversation with four young entrepreneurs who have made their dream a reality, setting up businesses and working for organisations that are revolutionising the charity and activist sectors.
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We look forward to hearing from the following speakers:
Simon is the co-founder of the Global Poverty Project, whose mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of people taking action towards the end of extreme poverty. He wrote the ground-breaking 1.4 Billion Reasons presentation, which has been delivered 1000+ times to 150,000+ people since 2009. He also directed The End of Polio campaign around the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth in 2011, which led to $118m in new commitments. He was an Executive Producer on the Global Citizen Festival in Central Park, New York in September 2012, which saw $1.3b in new commitments made to fight extreme poverty. He is a campaigning and community education expert and has contributed on development issues at some of the world’s leading conferences including the G20, the World Economic Forum and the Clinton Global Initiative.
Christina Rebel is social enterprise / sustainability researcher and strategist. She founded 2Pueblo, a project that bridges rural spaces in Spain with the UK market, promoting their local organic products through trade and events and simultaneously engaging the young people with social entrepreneurship and empowering them to be able to start their own initiatives. She also co-founded Refl-act, which worked on a documentary project last year that investigates the affordability, accessibility and desirability of sustainable lifestyles for youth. She currently is developing TimeWire, a web timeline maker for news aggregation and curation designed for journalists, researchers and organizations. Prior to this, she worked for We Impact, a Beijing-based social enterprise which aims to develop and promote opportunities to realize sustainable lifestyles worldwide through the dissemination of knowledge, cultural engagement, and business.
Henry is the founder of upReach, a charitable company that improves access to the professions for undergraduates from less-privileged backgrounds in partnership with employers and universities. Henry is an Economics graduate from the University of Exeter with experience in education, banking, and start-ups. Having observed first-hand the difference knowledge, soft skills, networks, and professional experience make in accessing top careers, he’s using his entrepreneurial skills to drive positive social change.
Jack Graham is the founder of Year Here, a social enterprise that challenges ambitious and entrepreneurial young people to a 6-month fellowship tackling social issues in their own backyard. Year Here brings together some of the most cutting-edge organisations in social change – from Citizens UK and Teach First to Social Investment Business and the Cabinet Office – to create an opportunity that connects and accelerates high-potential social leaders. Year Here won the Ideas for London award in 2012 and has received attention in the Evening Standard and the Guardian and on BBC London. Jack previously worked on a social enterprise incubator at the Young Foundation and co-wrote Growing Social Ventures, the first comprehensive survey of ‘social venture intermediaries’ which informed the development of Big Society Capital.
Facilitator: Shiv Malik
Shiv Malik started his career in journalism after winning a bursary from the Guardian’s Scott Trust. He’s gone on to work and write for the Sunday Times, the Independent and the BBC amongst others and has reported from Afghanistan and Pakistan, specialising in the British Jihadi movement. In 2008 he was involved in a landmark court battle with the Manchester Police to protect his sources on terrorism. In 2010 he co-authored the best selling book Jilted Generation; How Britain has bankrupted its Youth. He is also co-founder of the think thank, the Intergenerational Foundation. In 2012 he helped edit Regeneration, a collection of essays on intergenerational justice. He currently works for the Guardian as an investigative journalist.
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