Global entrepreneurship week has started

I have reluctantly been keeping a lazy eye on Twitter to just catch some of the flavour of what is happening. You might want to as well, follow enterpriseweek.

If you are not aware of GEW, here is a bit of blurb:

What is Enterprise Week?

Enterprise Week (17-23 November 2008), part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, is a national celebration of enterprise with thousands of events and activities happening across the UK. Last year there were over 5,000 events and more than half a million people took part!

Over 2,000 organisations run events and activities during the week to encourage people to have ideas and make them happen. This can be by starting up a new business or social enterprise, or by having ideas and making them happen in the workplace.

If you have any questions about Enterprise Week, check out our FAQs page.

What is Global Entrepreneurship week?

In 2008, Enterprise Week will be part of the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Week. It’s a worldwide celebration of enterprise, which aims to unleash young people’s enterprising ideas and address some of society’s biggest issues, from poverty reduction through to climate change. More than 70 countries are currently signed up to run their very own versions of Enterprise Week, all coming under the banner of Global Entrepreneurship Week!

As I said before, I believe that unless you have all day to watch what is going on or experience it first hand, you will quickly be lost in the energy and ideas whizzing about the place (through a groaning website). I will keep up through checking twitter every now and again, but what I am looking forward to is the output.

Please, Oli, bless us with brilliantly served up sectoral synopsis 🙂

Good luck everyone, and if you are involved, or can get involved, have a wonderful time and tell us all about it!

Oli is BACK!! Are you ready for Global Entrepreneurship Week?

Oli Barrett is back from a whistle-stop tour of the world, invigorating the great and the good with enthusiasm for Global Entrepreneurship week. (I am very proud and showy offy about knowing Oli). Here is his very entertaining blog about his trip

When is Global Entrepreneurship week?

November 17 – 23, 2008

What is Global Entrepreneurship week?

Countries all around the world are joining together to carry the banner of Global Entrepreneurship Week, an initiative aimed at young people everywhere. During the week of November 17 – 23, 2008, partner organizations will conduct a range of activities – from simple speeches to comprehensive competitions – designed to inspire, connect, inform, mentor and engage the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The Week is a worldwide initiative that is linking all those willing to embrace it. Host organizations in each participating country are recruiting partners and coordinating related activities. The exact type of these activities, whether online or face-to-face, is limited only by the imaginations of the partners and the participants. And while a list of suggested activities such as invention competitions, entrepreneurship film festivals, networking events, school-based activities, and local entrepreneurship summits – will be available on the website, the actual activities conducted by partners will vary greatly.

What I think

I think that this is exciting, WAY too big for a website, even the static one now trying to explain what is planned is too big for me to comprehend. It is one of those ‘happenings’ that should just be ‘unleashed’ as they so rightly put it, and then people look at how to communicate what has been learned and what has come out of it.

I would like to see the output as streams of information aimed at global sectors: government, IT, entrepreneurs, private corporations, dog breeders… whatever; so that I can come back and choose a category that interests me, and then see what has happened, or been discussed – globally – within my area/s of interest. (I secretly really hope they do this :))

Anyhoo, if you want to get involved, do – otherwise, like me, let’s wait and see what happens.

Exciting stuff, not to be ignored.

Friday funnies – probably more amusing if you know Oli Barrett

Woke up this morning to a sea of fog, cold and feeling end-of-weeky. On Fridays I try to catch up with Oli’s speed networking around the globe – in preparation for Global Entrepreneurship Week – on his blog he posts videos and musings from his recent capers and it is fascinating and usually inspiring to read.

With this in mind I rather blearily watched and read through a few of his latest posts, then he did this to me.

Really pant-wettingly briliant way to start a Friday – shocking Spanish with terrribly English pronunciation and occasionally… er terribly English English. Oli does find it equally amusing and explains how come he happened to be in this position here.

Enjoy, happy weekends, all.