3°C and snow.
That’s what I woke up to on 3rd February 2015 in London. Not that unusual I suppose, it is winter after all. Winter in London. Then I smile. I know that from today, I’m going to Bali for 6 weeks.
I’m going for a number of reasons. Because I want to. Because I can. Because I’ve just finished a big project helping social entrepreneurs become investment ready. Because other entrepreneurs are going to be there too, working on their businesses. Because I want to take care of my health. Because I want to learn new skills, have new experiences, make new friends and meet new role models.
I love my life, work and friends in London, but it’s great to be able to spend weekends playing on deserted sandy beaches. One of my favourite hobbies.
Jump in my boat!
White Sand Beach
I was invited to the USA to speak about social enterprise at a conference called the Beyond Sport Summit. I was on a tight budget while there, but I didn’t want to let that stop me exploring what New York had to offer. Here are my recommendations for spending a few days in New York, without spending a lot of money.
The High Line
I saw pictures of the High Line in the newspaper about 6 months ago, and thought it looked really cool. It’s a public park built on a rail line above the streets of Manhattan’s West Side. It’s looked after by a non-profit group called the Friends of the High Line, and it’s a great place for a walk, or a walking meeting. And we know the value of walking meetings, I already linked to the TED Talk in my last post
. My companions for the walk were sharing economy and collaboration experts Melissa O’Young of LetsCollaborate
, and Odile Beniflah of carpooling.com
. It’s funny to be walking past apartment block windows, but it’s a beautiful place to spend an hour or so.
Line through the Trees
Empire in the distance
Views over the road
Walking the Highline
Plenty of Street Art
My Guides – Mel and Odile
Two huge pools cascade water into a dark abyss. They stand in the footprint of the original towers, and are outlined with the names of those that died. Around it, the new world trade centre is still being constructed, with the new One World Trade Centre being the tallest tower the USA. Entrance is free, but $5-$10 donations are appreciated. Book online to avoid queues. Continue reading
I’m a big supporter of Social Enterprise. I’ve worked with several of the leading social enterprise support services in London. I love to introduce people to the fascinating world of business for benefit.
That’s why I created the Hub Crawl – A four-hour guided tour of three of the best social enterprise coworking spaces in London – Hub Islington, Hub Kings Cross and Hub Westminster. I only run it on special occasions, but I want to describe it here to encourage you to learn more about social enterprise and these amazing hotbeds of social innovation.
You may still be wondering, what is a social enterprise anyway? Here’s my short answer – it’s an organisation that has both social and financial goals. What makes it different from a regular business? The social goals are at least equally as important as the financial ones.
What does social enterprise look like in action? It could be anything from a small group of committed citizens, like the team at Hub Westminster, to a large international organisation like the Big Issue.
And that’s what’s great about the Hub Crawl, you get the chance to see and meet people from both of these organisations, and everything in between.
Impact Hub Kings Cross
Hub Crawl Rocks
Hub Crawlers getting on the Tube
Love and Laughter
Impact Hub Westminster
Hub Westminster – Hug or Shake?
The Hub Crawl Route Continue reading
- Want a fun adventures around three of London’s coolest social innovation coworking spaces?
- Want to have a drink and a walk with socially minded people who are working on interesting projects?
Then the Hub Crawl is for you!
It is a 4 hour guided group journey around all three Hubs in London, on a Friday evening. It’s been running for more than a year, and we’ve taken more than 100 people on Hub Crawls.
- Enjoy a fun night of adventure around London! It just so happens to coincides with the weekly Friday night members drinks at each Hub…
- Learn about social enterprise and coworking. If you didn’t already know, coworking growing rapidly, and the Hub is a global network of these spaces and a community of social entrepreneurs.
- Connect with interesting, like minded people. The best feedback is that people have a fun night with great people.
What is the Hub?
The Hub is a global network of more than 35 coworking spaces and a community of social entrepreneurs.
The Hub Crawl London takes you from the very first Hub in Islington, through to the beautifully designed Kings Cross (with its own bar), to one of the very latest Hubs in the global network in Westminster.
Inspiring Adventures also arranges bespoke tours to meet your needs. If you’d like to request something special, simply fill in the form below.
What does coworking look like in Brazil? Is it trendy, colourful, work spaces? Do they have pools? Yes. Yes they do. I work in a coworking space in London, and I’ve looked around a good few of the other coworking spaces we have here, and as far as I can tell, no pools. This is why Brazil is a growing economy. I have found the secret.
It’s not because more than 22 million people have been raised out of extreme poverty in the last 2 years (as the government claims), and it’s not because the World Cup and the Olympics are coming. It’s because their colour coworking spaces have pools.