Summary: * No Bursary support to attend SEWF2018. * Crowdfunding not currently a viable option. * Seeking opportunities for impact $work.
My heartfelt congratulations to the 21 Akina/British Council/DIA SEWF2018 Bursary Fund recipients. They’ll experience Scotland’s thriving social enterprise movement, and legendary hospitality, first-hand.
Along with 90% of applicants, I wasn’t selected for NZ Bursary funding to attend this year’s Social Enterprise World Forum. In my case it was to again be delivering daily digital audio shows via @twicepodcast, in an expanded and developed format.
My official media partnership with the Scotland organisers, to produce daily ‘Morning Report’ style shows was always subject to securing funding to get there. Although I’ve got a pretty unique perspective on social enterprise from New Zealand, I appreciate my contribution likely didn’t fit neatly within the ‘robust selection criteria’. - Quite a few people have suggested crowdfunding. While I could prepare, launch, run and generally hustle/hassle to raise funds, there are a few reasons why it’s not near the top of my ‘should’ list:
Firstly, time. Secondly, the show had a monthly [Patreon] crowdfunding page. My experience there colours my thinking. Thirdly, asking people to help me $get to Edinburgh to scale good impact stories leaves me uncomfortable with the shift in focus to my efforts, and away from scaling others social enterprise stories, which has always been this projects’ priority.
Support doesn’t always come in financial form (although it’s been critical this last year - huge and grateful thanks to Nick Shewring and all of the BizDojo team, and select others for their support!). There has been a lot of encouragement and goodwill from a really diverse bunch of listeners and people within Aotearoa and overseas. However, you can’t eat encouragement. - Building expertise in a media format completely new to me three years ago has been quite the journey, with highs, painful lows and important learns. I’ll cover some of those in the future. Suffice to say, building independent digital audio is really, really hard!
I’m immensely proud of the independent impact ‘Talks with innovators...’ aka twice has achieved, supported, contributed to, and developed into. Nearly three years of consistently publishing guests’ impact stories, learns and journeys showcased across nearly a hundred episodes. It has been a privilege to invest time to share unique insights of a developing people-centred movement from Aotearoa.
Seth recently highlighted ‘jumping on the right bus’. Now is also the right time for me to re-evaluate this digital audio journey; as information, circumstances, and sentiments dictate.