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.