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The Kibble Podcast Network brings you Social Enterprise Conversations – a podcast which talks to social enterprises about the successes, struggles and setbacks that they face, and the what inspired their journey into the realm of social business.

Latest Episodes

PREVIEW: Good Stories Episode 1 - Old Haunts and Halcyon Days

Here is an exclusive preview of good stories, the latest KPN podcast. Launching on Monday 23rd of October, we share the stories of real people in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, harking back to the oral storytelling traditions of old and recording these every day tales from every day people. All of our good stories podcasts take place in the Bletherbooth at our new store good based in Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries. For more information go to www.good.scot. Everyone likes a good story. From those family members with the seemingly innate skill of injecting life into a party through a well told anecdote, to the easy Scots charm of Iain Banks’ fiction. Whether it’s the Big Yin’s fanciful yet all too real tales of comedy found in the mundane, or the easily accessible drama of River City, a good story brings us together. Scotland has a rich history of oral storytelling, and we thought it was about time to bring it into the modern age. Every week we invite guests into our Bletherbooth...

14 MIN2017 OCT 20
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PREVIEW: Good Stories Episode 1 - Old Haunts and Halcyon Days

Episode 70 - Ana Soldatenko from Transform Creative

Transform Creative is a social enterprise which was formed by Transform Scotland. Over the years, Transform Scotland has developed a diverse and extensive network of transport operators, businesses, local authorities and third sector groups. It works with them to promote sustainable transport solutions across the country. Indeed, their national alliance has around sixty different organisations as members, including the likes of Caledonian MacBrayne, the WWF, Abellio, Virgin Trains, ScotRail, First Group, and many, many more. Transform Creative makes use of this extensive network, and channels the research and experience gained through years of running different campaigns in partnership with their members, into offering Scotland’s third sector quality, creative design work. The aim is to leverage this kind of invaluable experience to offer robust, professional creative skills to all third sector organisations. The Transform Creative team consists of a number of experienced professio...

25 MIN2017 SEP 20
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Episode 70 - Ana Soldatenko from Transform Creative

Episode 69 - A Social Enterprise Roundtable Discussion with Matt and Peter from ACRE/the Social Enterprise Academy Australia, Neil from the Social Enterprise Academy and Graham and Lesley from Kibble

You may remember one of my very first interviews on this podcast was with Neil McLean of the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA). Well, since his appearance on the show, Neil and his team have been busy expanding the SEA model across the globe. Recently we were graced with the presence of two of the people involved in running the Australian Social Enterprise Academy: Matt Pfahlert and Peter Sacco from the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship. The organisation seeks to help young people in rural communities by igniting their entrepreneurial spirit to better enrich their lives and communities. They popped into The Experience, (one of Kibble’s social enterprises), with Neil. Together with Graham Bell and Lesley Fuller, (who you should remember from our extensive interviews on the history of Kibble), we sat down over coffee to discuss the differences between social enterprise in the UK and Australia, the work they’ve been doing, and just exactly how good the coffee is in The Refue...

25 MIN2017 SEP 1
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Episode 69 - A Social Enterprise Roundtable Discussion with Matt and Peter from ACRE/the Social Enterprise Academy Australia, Neil from the Social Enterprise Academy and Graham and Lesley from Kibble

Episode 68 - Scott Duncan from LEAP (Part 2)

It’s always a delight, and a surprise, when an interview goes on for longer than expected. As you may have noticed, I generally like to keep interviews to between 20 and 30 minutes, but sometimes the guest just has a bit more to say. In the instance, I was happy to keep talking to Scott. In some ways it’s not entirely surprising that this interview went on a little longer. LEAP offers a few different services, all of which are tied together under the environmental and energy banners. Their goal of making the villages that they cover sustainable is a wonderful one, and the real evidence of this drive goes beyond trying to advise individuals to change energy suppliers in order to save money, or to offer advice on renewable energy regeneration – they also offer practical advice on insulation, draft proofing, heating and more. The proof of this is, as they say, in the pudding as LEAP offers residents within their catchment area free home energy checks, free draught testing and free t...

24 MIN2017 AUG 21
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Episode 68 - Scott Duncan from LEAP (Part 2)

Episode 67 - Scott Duncan from LEAP (Part 1)

The sheer diversity of social enterprises out there continues to take me aback. Recently I had a lengthy conversation with Scott Duncan, Project Manager of Local Energy Action Plan Renfrewshire (or LEAP), and was impressed by the work that they do. Put simply, LEAP is an organisation which offers a range of free, impartial services to individuals and businesses in the communities of Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire. Their goal is to help people in the communities, both residents and businesses, to save energy and money. They do this by offering advice on everything from insulation and heating, to grants, renewable energy and draught proofing. Basically, anything to do with saving energy! They offer advice both to encourage the usage of renewable energy sources, and to protect the environment. In addition, they also run three car clubs and a food cooperative, all existing to lower the carbon footprint of people in Renfrewshire. Furthermore, they hav...

22 MIN2017 AUG 7
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Episode 67 - Scott Duncan from LEAP (Part 1)

Episode 66 - Hamilton Perkins from Hamilton Perkins Collection

Fashion is big business, and with such big business comes a litany of environmental, social and ethical issues. The industry itself is often seen as being cut throat, with profit margins so tight, that sweatshop labour may be employed when it comes to the production of clothes. There are sceptics out there who claim that changing the behaviour of fashion companies is not possible because doing so isn’t profitable, but this argument is a lot less compelling than it once was. Indeed, a 2016 report by Ashoka and the C&A Foundation found that financial uncertainty is a key factor in why the fashion industry is not edging towards being a more values-driven business. Many companies simply believe that pouring cash into the research and creation of sustainable clothing alternatives is too costly and risky. What’s more, there are some who believe that there is no guarantee that the demand for “ethical goods” will continue to grow. Frankly, it seems that many fashion companies would rath...

36 MIN2017 JUL 22
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Episode 66 - Hamilton Perkins from Hamilton Perkins Collection

Episode 65 - Andrew Bailie from Freshsight

This year marks the 10th anniversary of FreshSight. It seems somewhat improbable that a social enterprise consultancy run by students should exist for so long, and my guest on this week’s podcast was the first to mention this. But the fact is that it has existed for ten years, which clearly means that they’ve been doing something right. In 2007 the company was founded as The Edinburgh Group, and its goal has remained the same ever since – to bring together forward-thinking students and socially conscious organisations. Over the course of 8 weeks students work with these organisations to help improve their social impact in a sustainable way. FreshSight attracts and encourages participation from students from all over Edinburgh regardless of their degree, offering training which will not only help them achieve great things for the agency’s clients, but also helps transform students into socially minded leaders. As with any social enterprise all the profits go back into the busines...

31 MIN2017 JUL 8
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Episode 65 - Andrew Bailie from Freshsight

Episode 64 - David Alexander from Mydex

Do we really have control over our data? In a time when hacking seems to be in the headlines on a regular basis, and where people have been asking serious questions about online privacy, it seems more important than ever to know the answer to this question. On a daily basis, we give multinational corporations access to some of our most personal information. We let the likes of Google and Facebook monitor our behaviour and track our movements online, but is this a good thing? As someone who once worked in the IT sector, I find myself increasingly enamoured at how giving internet companies this data has made my life easier. Traffic updates, news suggestions, music preferences, the ease of which I can have any question I care to think of answered, has made my life much more streamlined. Google takes care of my calendar, my emails, my contacts, my shopping list and everything in between. I give them the data, their artificial intelligence makes sense of it, and it spews the data out to ...

34 MIN2017 JUN 23
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Episode 64 - David Alexander from Mydex

Episode 63 - Caroline McKenna from the Dundee International Women's Centre

“Engagement, education, self-empowerment” – that’s the strapline for the Dundee International Women’s Centre (DIWC). Founded in 1969 as part of an urban aid programme, this voluntary group of women came to be known as the Dundee International Women’s Group, and their goal was to help integrate immigrant families into the community. The charity’s purpose has remained the same ever since. The history of the DIWC is chronicled on its website. It makes for fascinating reading, and reflects the way society has changed since 1969. Over the years DIWC has affected the lives of thousands of women, preventing loneliness and social isolation, promoting community education and empowerment. As a Glaswegian native who has never lived anywhere but Glasgow, I cannot imagine the kinds of challenges immigrants must face when they arrive in a new country and must adapt to living in an unfamiliar community. And to go even further; as a man, I have no comprehension how difficult it must be to a ...

38 MIN2017 JUN 3
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Episode 63 - Caroline McKenna from the Dundee International Women's Centre

Episode 61 - Emma Soanes of Unity and the Spoon Cafe

Shepherding social change is the defining feature of what social enterprise does. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why many social enterprises are spun out of, or started by, charities. Some charities become social enterprises over time, whilst other choose to set-up businesses which operate as a social enterprise, with the same aim as the charity but using different consumer driven means to get there. Unity is one such organisation which has chosen the latter route. The charitable arm started in 1989, and has been operating in a number of different communities across the West of Scotland. It has helped a great number of individuals with learning disabilities through its training and work experience programmes, and offers guidance and support, personal development, educational provision and runs social activities.. In recent years it has been operating the Spoon Café, a social enterprise based in Glasgow’s city centre which offers work opportunities aimed specifically a...

19 MIN2017 MAY 5
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Episode 61 - Emma Soanes of Unity and the Spoon Cafe

Latest Episodes

PREVIEW: Good Stories Episode 1 - Old Haunts and Halcyon Days

Here is an exclusive preview of good stories, the latest KPN podcast. Launching on Monday 23rd of October, we share the stories of real people in Glasgow and the West of Scotland, harking back to the oral storytelling traditions of old and recording these every day tales from every day people. All of our good stories podcasts take place in the Bletherbooth at our new store good based in Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries. For more information go to www.good.scot. Everyone likes a good story. From those family members with the seemingly innate skill of injecting life into a party through a well told anecdote, to the easy Scots charm of Iain Banks’ fiction. Whether it’s the Big Yin’s fanciful yet all too real tales of comedy found in the mundane, or the easily accessible drama of River City, a good story brings us together. Scotland has a rich history of oral storytelling, and we thought it was about time to bring it into the modern age. Every week we invite guests into our Bletherbooth...

14 MIN2017 OCT 20
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PREVIEW: Good Stories Episode 1 - Old Haunts and Halcyon Days

Episode 70 - Ana Soldatenko from Transform Creative

Transform Creative is a social enterprise which was formed by Transform Scotland. Over the years, Transform Scotland has developed a diverse and extensive network of transport operators, businesses, local authorities and third sector groups. It works with them to promote sustainable transport solutions across the country. Indeed, their national alliance has around sixty different organisations as members, including the likes of Caledonian MacBrayne, the WWF, Abellio, Virgin Trains, ScotRail, First Group, and many, many more. Transform Creative makes use of this extensive network, and channels the research and experience gained through years of running different campaigns in partnership with their members, into offering Scotland’s third sector quality, creative design work. The aim is to leverage this kind of invaluable experience to offer robust, professional creative skills to all third sector organisations. The Transform Creative team consists of a number of experienced professio...

25 MIN2017 SEP 20
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Episode 70 - Ana Soldatenko from Transform Creative

Episode 69 - A Social Enterprise Roundtable Discussion with Matt and Peter from ACRE/the Social Enterprise Academy Australia, Neil from the Social Enterprise Academy and Graham and Lesley from Kibble

You may remember one of my very first interviews on this podcast was with Neil McLean of the Social Enterprise Academy (SEA). Well, since his appearance on the show, Neil and his team have been busy expanding the SEA model across the globe. Recently we were graced with the presence of two of the people involved in running the Australian Social Enterprise Academy: Matt Pfahlert and Peter Sacco from the Australian Centre for Rural Entrepreneurship. The organisation seeks to help young people in rural communities by igniting their entrepreneurial spirit to better enrich their lives and communities. They popped into The Experience, (one of Kibble’s social enterprises), with Neil. Together with Graham Bell and Lesley Fuller, (who you should remember from our extensive interviews on the history of Kibble), we sat down over coffee to discuss the differences between social enterprise in the UK and Australia, the work they’ve been doing, and just exactly how good the coffee is in The Refue...

25 MIN2017 SEP 1
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Episode 69 - A Social Enterprise Roundtable Discussion with Matt and Peter from ACRE/the Social Enterprise Academy Australia, Neil from the Social Enterprise Academy and Graham and Lesley from Kibble

Episode 68 - Scott Duncan from LEAP (Part 2)

It’s always a delight, and a surprise, when an interview goes on for longer than expected. As you may have noticed, I generally like to keep interviews to between 20 and 30 minutes, but sometimes the guest just has a bit more to say. In the instance, I was happy to keep talking to Scott. In some ways it’s not entirely surprising that this interview went on a little longer. LEAP offers a few different services, all of which are tied together under the environmental and energy banners. Their goal of making the villages that they cover sustainable is a wonderful one, and the real evidence of this drive goes beyond trying to advise individuals to change energy suppliers in order to save money, or to offer advice on renewable energy regeneration – they also offer practical advice on insulation, draft proofing, heating and more. The proof of this is, as they say, in the pudding as LEAP offers residents within their catchment area free home energy checks, free draught testing and free t...

24 MIN2017 AUG 21
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Episode 68 - Scott Duncan from LEAP (Part 2)

Episode 67 - Scott Duncan from LEAP (Part 1)

The sheer diversity of social enterprises out there continues to take me aback. Recently I had a lengthy conversation with Scott Duncan, Project Manager of Local Energy Action Plan Renfrewshire (or LEAP), and was impressed by the work that they do. Put simply, LEAP is an organisation which offers a range of free, impartial services to individuals and businesses in the communities of Lochwinnoch, Kilbarchan, Howwood and Bridge of Weir in Renfrewshire. Their goal is to help people in the communities, both residents and businesses, to save energy and money. They do this by offering advice on everything from insulation and heating, to grants, renewable energy and draught proofing. Basically, anything to do with saving energy! They offer advice both to encourage the usage of renewable energy sources, and to protect the environment. In addition, they also run three car clubs and a food cooperative, all existing to lower the carbon footprint of people in Renfrewshire. Furthermore, they hav...

22 MIN2017 AUG 7
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Episode 67 - Scott Duncan from LEAP (Part 1)

Episode 66 - Hamilton Perkins from Hamilton Perkins Collection

Fashion is big business, and with such big business comes a litany of environmental, social and ethical issues. The industry itself is often seen as being cut throat, with profit margins so tight, that sweatshop labour may be employed when it comes to the production of clothes. There are sceptics out there who claim that changing the behaviour of fashion companies is not possible because doing so isn’t profitable, but this argument is a lot less compelling than it once was. Indeed, a 2016 report by Ashoka and the C&A Foundation found that financial uncertainty is a key factor in why the fashion industry is not edging towards being a more values-driven business. Many companies simply believe that pouring cash into the research and creation of sustainable clothing alternatives is too costly and risky. What’s more, there are some who believe that there is no guarantee that the demand for “ethical goods” will continue to grow. Frankly, it seems that many fashion companies would rath...

36 MIN2017 JUL 22
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Episode 66 - Hamilton Perkins from Hamilton Perkins Collection

Episode 65 - Andrew Bailie from Freshsight

This year marks the 10th anniversary of FreshSight. It seems somewhat improbable that a social enterprise consultancy run by students should exist for so long, and my guest on this week’s podcast was the first to mention this. But the fact is that it has existed for ten years, which clearly means that they’ve been doing something right. In 2007 the company was founded as The Edinburgh Group, and its goal has remained the same ever since – to bring together forward-thinking students and socially conscious organisations. Over the course of 8 weeks students work with these organisations to help improve their social impact in a sustainable way. FreshSight attracts and encourages participation from students from all over Edinburgh regardless of their degree, offering training which will not only help them achieve great things for the agency’s clients, but also helps transform students into socially minded leaders. As with any social enterprise all the profits go back into the busines...

31 MIN2017 JUL 8
Comments
Episode 65 - Andrew Bailie from Freshsight

Episode 64 - David Alexander from Mydex

Do we really have control over our data? In a time when hacking seems to be in the headlines on a regular basis, and where people have been asking serious questions about online privacy, it seems more important than ever to know the answer to this question. On a daily basis, we give multinational corporations access to some of our most personal information. We let the likes of Google and Facebook monitor our behaviour and track our movements online, but is this a good thing? As someone who once worked in the IT sector, I find myself increasingly enamoured at how giving internet companies this data has made my life easier. Traffic updates, news suggestions, music preferences, the ease of which I can have any question I care to think of answered, has made my life much more streamlined. Google takes care of my calendar, my emails, my contacts, my shopping list and everything in between. I give them the data, their artificial intelligence makes sense of it, and it spews the data out to ...

34 MIN2017 JUN 23
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Episode 64 - David Alexander from Mydex

Episode 63 - Caroline McKenna from the Dundee International Women's Centre

“Engagement, education, self-empowerment” – that’s the strapline for the Dundee International Women’s Centre (DIWC). Founded in 1969 as part of an urban aid programme, this voluntary group of women came to be known as the Dundee International Women’s Group, and their goal was to help integrate immigrant families into the community. The charity’s purpose has remained the same ever since. The history of the DIWC is chronicled on its website. It makes for fascinating reading, and reflects the way society has changed since 1969. Over the years DIWC has affected the lives of thousands of women, preventing loneliness and social isolation, promoting community education and empowerment. As a Glaswegian native who has never lived anywhere but Glasgow, I cannot imagine the kinds of challenges immigrants must face when they arrive in a new country and must adapt to living in an unfamiliar community. And to go even further; as a man, I have no comprehension how difficult it must be to a ...

38 MIN2017 JUN 3
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Episode 63 - Caroline McKenna from the Dundee International Women's Centre

Episode 61 - Emma Soanes of Unity and the Spoon Cafe

Shepherding social change is the defining feature of what social enterprise does. With this in mind, it’s easy to understand why many social enterprises are spun out of, or started by, charities. Some charities become social enterprises over time, whilst other choose to set-up businesses which operate as a social enterprise, with the same aim as the charity but using different consumer driven means to get there. Unity is one such organisation which has chosen the latter route. The charitable arm started in 1989, and has been operating in a number of different communities across the West of Scotland. It has helped a great number of individuals with learning disabilities through its training and work experience programmes, and offers guidance and support, personal development, educational provision and runs social activities.. In recent years it has been operating the Spoon Café, a social enterprise based in Glasgow’s city centre which offers work opportunities aimed specifically a...

19 MIN2017 MAY 5
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Episode 61 - Emma Soanes of Unity and the Spoon Cafe
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