The work I'm doing now, raising awareness and understanding of autism, running campaigns and developing my consultancy's portfolio will be impacted so much by the Award. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the Commonwealth's most inspiring, change-creating leaders who care about the world around them and the way it is working. I can't wait to meet my fellow Award Winners and Her Majesty The Queen!
That one of the jewels in the NHS's crown has ended up on a list of high-profile failures has come as a shock to many. The branding of Addenbrooke's Hospital as 'inadequate' by health regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), raises serious issues about the way hospitals are run. How can a hospital that was considered one of the safest two years ago, now be in special measures?
As we digest the results of the budget today, the words seem as good a test to judge it by as any. To be true to the One Nation ideal the budget must answer a simple question those of us in the foodbanks movement ponder every day. What can be done to reduce the number of people in poverty and hunger?
As much as "social enterprise" is a buzzword these days, there are people who reject this label entirely. 'Reluctant social entrepreneur,' Iqbal Wahhab is one such person. Sitting in Roast Restaurant in Borough Market, London, enjoying a delicious macchiato and the exceptional service of their highly-rated staff, I questioned Iqbal's hesitation to embrace this categorisation of his long-standing work supporting the community.
We are all familiar with the concept of self-limiting beliefs. I am sure there have been times where you have questioned yourself and worried about whether you can indeed accomplish something you have set out to do? It ultimately comes down to belief. Belief in yourself and the beliefs which form your modus operandi.
With one of the pre-eminent events of the Social Enterprise annual calendar just days away - the Skoll World Forum 2015 - I thought I would reflect on the lessons learnt from last year's Forum, themes I expect to emerge this year as well as offer tips to those taking part in this year's event for the first time...