Starting up a social enterprise is frequently compared to jumping out of a plane and making a parachute on the way down. Six months into the start-up of a Community Interest Company, HertsCreation, it feels appropriate to examine the heady mix of highs and disappointments that has accompanied our six-month existence and draw some lessons from it. We are going into 2013 with an exciting project, a pilot Youth Cultural Ambassador (YCA) Scheme with strong partners: the Royal Opera House Bridge and the Wroxham and Sir John Lawes Teaching Alliances. While we are looking forward to new relationships and revitalising old ones, there has also been learning for us in the experiment of setting up a new venture Continue reading
We are thrilled to announce that HertsCreation C.I.C will be working in partnership with The Royal Opera House Bridge, The Wroxham and Sir John Lawes Teaching Schools to deliver a Young Cultural Ambassadors programme in Hertfordshire over the next 18 months.
This morning as I look back on HertsCreation’s founding year I enjoy a rich sense of anticipation, excitement and a large degree of bounce. January began with a surprising and exploratory conversation between Martin and I stimulated by colleagues and friends Andy D’Cruz, Vicky Wilson and Fiona Lesley. Since then we have launched HertsCreation C.I.C through a whole school change project with Woolenwick Infants and Nursery School culminating in a twilight inset for teachers in neighbouring schools; designed and built an evolving website; legally established HertsCreation as a community interest company; opened a company bank account (and earned funds to put in it); discovered new working relationships and rekindled conversations with friends and colleagues.
Martin and I have been working together since 2009 and already shared a way of working, understanding and values built on common experiences and the roots of practice. As we prepared our fertile ground for HertsCreation we spent time examining, understanding and discovering the meeting of two practices and overlapping curiosities to drive future projects. We mulched and composted conversations, gathered thoughts, and undertook research revealing an emerging aesthetic and some key, underpinning, questions. This is truly exciting and we look forward to sharing more on this, work, new collaborations and ideas in the year to come. For now a big thank you to everyone who has joined us on the journey so far and we wish you a joyous and fulfilled 2013.