The January 2012 cohort will finish the programme as Associates at the end of December. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavours but know they will not be too far away due to the ever-growing strength of the On Purpose network and its Fellows. The On Purpose Christmas party was a great occasion to bid them farewell and reflect on all that has been achieved over the past year. Click on the image below to see a video of some of the January 2012 Associates trying to put together an On Purpose promotional video.
As an Associate from the October 2012 cohort, we are well into the programme having started just under three months ago. Alongside the work in our placements and the extensive one-on-one support, we have already benefited from an array of interesting and useful training sessions on Friday afternoons. Just some of these include sessions on productivity (or becoming a ‘Productivity Ninja’), interview techniques, and reading financial statements. The combination of motivated and experienced trainers and the opportunity to discuss and practise these skills amongst fellow Associates has helped us to understand and develop skills which will be useful for many years to come.
Over the past month, our Associates have been given an insight into social enterprise in other parts of the world. We were lucky to have a session from Niraj Varia, Chairman of On Purpose, on social enterprise in East Africa, and many of us were left inspired by a short evening talk from Tony Melato, founder of Gawad Malinga. Gawad Malinga’s community model, which originally started in the Philippines, has now spread to many different countries worldwide.
Associates and Fellows have attended a range of great events which provided useful opportunities to meet, learn from and network with like-minded individuals. A couple of these include the Emerge Conference in Oxford and a social enterprise debate at Hult Business School. Participants in the latter included On Purpose, the Clore Social Leadership Programme, Emerge Venture Lab, and students from Hult Business School doing a Masters in Social Entrepreneurship.
Some other notable highlights from the quarter include the On Purpose team for Movember (‘Mo Purpose’) valiantly managing to raise a total of £3,685, and the final round interviews for the next cohort of Associates. We look forward to welcoming the new Associates in April 2013.
Merry Christmas to one and all!