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E3M Collective Impact is a project that supports the development of new, place-based social enterprise solutions to work at scale. Specifically, how to combine the efforts of large and small social enterprises using blended forms of social investment to create new, business-based solutions that can tackle local problems.

E3M AlchemyThe project uses an event-based methodology developed with the E3M partners called E3M Alchemy: an intense, 24-hour, place-based innovation event that brings together social enterprise leaders, bold commissioners and social investors with the local council and other stakeholders to explore solutions to local challenges.

It has the potential to stimulate new ideas and social enterprise solutions that can help:

  • Develop services, which cost less and deliver better outcomes.
  • Stimulate local, inclusive, economic growth.
  • Empower and engage local citizens in solving problems.

The relationships established during the Alchemy events are then a resource that people can draw on afterwards, to support the development and implementation of new ways of working.

Building on work started in 2016 at a special event in London, which used an interactive methodology bringing together social enterprise leaders, commissioners and social investors, we ran our first E3M Local Alchemy event in Coventry on 20-21 November 2017. The event produced some really exciting ideas and we are now following up with colleagues in Coventry to support them as they develop the ideas into new solutions.

In 2018 we organised E3M Alchemy events in Oldham and Rotherham. Again, participants collaborated to discuss and work through the development of a ranges of exciting and transformative ideas. We’ve published a short video summarising the Oldham and Rotherham experiences, alongside a case study for each. Please view these here:  E3M Alchemy Oldham | E3M Alchemy Rotherham.

CONNECT logoA further E3M Alchemy event is planned for 2019 and we are delighted to have support from the Connect Fund to help us take this exciting work forward.

As we begin supporting the implementation of new ideas, we will continue to draw out some of the key lessons from our work which we will share through case studies, our wider networks and at a special event in 2019.

For more information, please do contact us.