The highs of March

The first month of my Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship has flown by… here’s a round-up of some of the highlights (in no particular order):

Live Mag vol 2, issue 2, featuring YouTube sensation Jamal from SBTV on the cover

  1. Starting and announcing the Fellowship to colleagues, friends, family and the young people I work with
  2. Live Magazine, Volume 2 issue 2 spilling out onto the streets of London
  3. The continuing march towards self-sustainability for Live Magazine in the UK, with adverts from Adidas, Walker Books and now a deal struck with Nando’s – including a 3000-copy distribution deal in Nando’s restaurants
  4. Re-contacting all the ‘warm’ leads for partners for Live Mag SA that I met last year, all to brilliant and enthusiastic responses
  5. An avalanche of new contacts in South Africa from clients in the UK: including Google, Nando’s, The Hub, Psychologies magazine, and BBC World.
  6. Finishing my Social Franchising course at the School for Social Entrepreneurs in London: rounding up lots of learning’s and theories to feed into the South Africa plans
  7. Seeing the Live Magazine film for advertisers being let loose into the world
  8. Presenting the somewhereto_ project to a Film London conference at BAFTA
  9. Re-securing funding for the Live Landing Pad project from both Tom’s Trust: which pays for direct intervention and engagement work for ‘at-risk’ teenagers, school exclusions and ex-offenders within the Live office in London
  10. Launching the new blog at, which will document my Fellowship adventures
  11. Breaking the back of admin challenges in preparation for my departure for SA: including bagging my Exceptional Skills Visa!
  12. Seeing 15-20 of Live Magazine’s alumni come to the office one Friday for a photoshoot – brilliant memories and brilliant young people doing amazing things
  13. Being interviewed for a NESTA-funded book about 25 innovative business models in the ‘civic economy’
  14. Taking part in the successful launch events for somewhereto_, an London 2012 Legacy project that helps young people find underused spaces and places to do the things they’re passionate about
  15. Learning more about openness, intellectual property and social enterprise governance
  16. Meeting and getting to know the Shuttleworth Foundation family and Fellows
  17. General sense of overwhelming excitement and optimism for the next twelve months…
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