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School for Social Entrepreneurs

Andy Robinson, You First's CEO, has recently graduated from the School for Social Entrepreneurs Devon and Somerset cohort. This was a course provided via the Enhance Social Enterprise programme and something that Andy thoroughly enjoyed. 

"The School for Social Entrepreneurs approach learning in an unique way, inviting people who have established a variety of Social Enterprises to talk about their journey and share their story, their experiences including both the highs and the lows. Learning from Social Entrepreneurs in this way is powerful, inspiring and motivating."


The School for Social Entrepreneurs put forward the philosophy of Action Learning. The basic philosophy underpinning Action Learning is that the most effective learning takes places when we are faced with a real problem that we are obliged to solve.

Action Learning occurs in a small closed group, called an Action Learning Team. This group meets regularly to engage in a collaborative learning process through reflecting on real work issues, exploring possible solutions and planning for action.

Andy found this system incredibly supportive and challenging at the same time and has incorporated many of the outcomes from this experience in the strategic planning for You First and how he plans to take the Social Enterprise forward. 

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