It was the first time we'd got out of London (to Glasgow) and the first time a CEO had sung to us about jam sandwiches. We also got an insight into deprivation and regeneration from the boss of Social Enterprise Scotland.
"We have solutions to some of the big questions in society: unemployment, bad health, environment, loneliness. They can all be tackled by social enterprises based in the community," says Simon Donovan, CEO of MHDT.
As we ease ourselves into a new year, we'd like to share a film with you that provides a snapshot of one of the most significant events in the social enterprise calendar – the Social Enterprise World Forum.
What is Pioneers Post doing putting a restaurateur in this slot, you may well ask? Well, there's the little matter of a book he wrote called Charity Sucks for one thing. And then there are his 'social meddling tendencies'...
Legend of British television Dame Esther Rantzen is our latest passenger in the cab for this film. Recently made an Ashoka fellow, she discusses her work addressing the challenges of child abuse and loneliness amongst older people.
Passionate social entrepreneur Sadhana Deshmukh explains why she wants to inspire other Indian women to go into business. This is the fourth in a series of British Council films showing social enterprises in action around the world.
In Bangladesh, Nila and other underprivileged children are learning valuable computer programming skills. This is the third in a series of films from the British Council showing social enterprises in action around the world.