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Short term, big impact

About a month ago, over drinks and casual conversation, the idea to form a pop-up social enterprise think-tank was born. Using their talents and experience these young professionals turned the illusion of a pop-up into a true commitment.
POPse! will launch on Monday at the site of an old Pizza take-away in Exmouth Market, to run new energy through old ideas and debates. The 5-day think-tank will analyse social enterprise policy and practice and the week’s findings will be published at the end of the pop-up.

All the POPse! collaborators have experience from inside government, think-tanks, social enterprise, charity, publishing and the City, and they will be drawing together some of the UK’s leading social enterprise thinkers and practitioners for the think-tank.

They are literally the embodyment of what a pop-up symbolises, taking their own assets and putting them into economic use, says Dan Gregory, one of the POPse! organizers.

Three of the main organizers, Dan included, had recently left their jobs for other opportunities but wanted to make use of the skills and connections they formed for this project.

He explains that their goal is to have a regenerative affect on wider community. POPse! will be a space where people can say what they think but have a chance to be a bit cheeky in the way they say it since there are no professional or institutional restraignts.

“We want to bring out things people are already saying when they’re at drinks with friends and in casual conversation,” says Gregory. “I hope this can show you can be funny, mischievous, insightful and  funny without a huge amount of time and money to invigorate the debate a little bit.”

“There’s some fantastic people in our sector with a lot to say and they don’t always have the appropriate channel to say it.”

While POPse! will take place in London, they will be making it possible for others to interact through the web.

Nick Temple, another of the minds behind POPse! says, “It’s generating a surprising amount of interest, people quite like the idea. I think gradually as the day approaches we feel like we have to produce something of value.  It just seemed like quite a fun idea as we sat in coffee shops and planned.”

Follow them at @popupthinktank and get more information from the POPse! website www.popse.org.uk

And in case you didn’t know:

Social enterprises: are businesses driven primarily by a social or environmental purpose, whose profits are principally reinvested back into services or the community.
Think-tanks: are organisations, often not-for-profit, that undertake research and analysis to incubate, test and propose new ideas which provoke debate and influence public policy.
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