And a (Big Society) network newsflash: people are very nice

8 Feb

It’s not been the easiest of weeks Chez Temple, but sometimes that’s when  you start to realise what and who is important. Having beavered away for nigh on 6 years in the world of social enterprise (by the way, it has always been ‘zeitgeisty’ or ‘the next big thing’, every year…), I’ve worked with lots of people and with lots of different organisations. And, by and large, had a thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding time. For all the knocks and criticism the sector takes, it is also populated with genuine, committed and authentic people who are powered by a sense of purpose and social mission that is inspiring and impressive.

What particularly impresses me at times like this is that the people I assume are the busiest, whose life can be counted by the red flashes on their Blackberry, who if you cut in half like a tree trunk you would find rings of to-do lists, these are the people who make time to make the call, send the e-mail, point out the opportunity, or buy the beer. I’m particularly grateful for the beer.

I don’t know whether this is evidence of what Big Society is aiming for, of (bridging or bonding) social capital, of weak ties, of associative network, of trust relationships, or of a community of interest. Or, more plainly, of good old fashioned friendships. I do know that I’m pleased that you seem to get out what you put in, that generosity is prevalent, and that, well, people are very nice.

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3 Responses to “And a (Big Society) network newsflash: people are very nice”

  1. Ronnie Hughes February 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

    Good luck with the blog and whatever you do next, Nick. I don’t know you, but I know lots of people who do and you are always well spoken of. Have a metaphorical drink on me!

    • Dave February 11, 2011 at 8:13 pm #

      Great first post Nick and I hope this is the start of many 🙂

      I think in answer you to your question about the inherent niceness of people, I think that most people are more compassionate and supportive to others than we tend to imagine. I do think though that people that gravitate towards social enterprises, charities and voluntary organisations are probably much more interested in the welfare of those around them.

      I have always found most social entrepreneurs to be very warm and giving and have given me plenty of support through some of the long dark teatimes of the soul.

      “When you come to the edge of all that you know, you must believe one of two things: There will be earth upon which to stand, or you will be given wings to fly.” Anonymous

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