Social Capital Networks

The Social Capital Network has been established by Editorial Intelligence for BAME individuals between the age of 19-30 who want to improve their skillsets, knowledge and widen their networks so that they progress further in the professions and creative industries. This year-long programme is dedicated to ensuring that both the talented young people and Editorial Intelligence’s existing network of members and mentors are introduced to a wide range of people, ideas and opportunities. We strongly believe that greater equality of professional opportunity benefits not only the workplace and business but society as a whole.

Established over 15 years ago, Editorial Intelligence thoroughly understands the network science behind diversity (its founder, Julia Hobsbawm, writes extensively about this and is Hon.Visiting Professor in Workplace Social Health at Cass Business School). Social Capital Networks will further extends the reach of previous scholarship programmes run by Editorial Intelligence by further opening out our extensive network of 3000 names, building on our experience of mentoring-matchmaking and workshop programming to a greater number of scholars and by working with other organisations who are passionate about social mobility and diversity such as our launch partner Google. The Civil Society Policy Unit at Number 10 Downing Street, has committed to hosting events for Social Capital Network scholars.

Over the course of a year Scholars are supported in order to develop confidence and networks, by:

1) Providing access to individuals across the extensive Editorial Intelligence Network of 3,000 who are at the disposal of the scholars as they agree to meet, mentor and provide help (the sell is that instead of asking for 1% of finance spend it is 1% of working time per annum, which is around 2.25 days a year of someone’s time in total). Please note this is *not* an internship: Scholars are invited to join at the top table, as equals ready to look, see, experience and learn.

2) 1:1 mentoring and advice from Editorial Intelligence in between personal matchmakes with members of the eiNetwork and membership of the eiNetwork Club so they can attend — always accompanied - events throughout the ei Network.

3) Workshops with guest speakers plus specific help on developing confidence, networks and connecting with skills and interests whilst developing a strong peer network.

The process is as simple and straightforward as possible:

- Individuals have to be interested in progressing into or through the Professions or Creative Industries. Their employment history or qualifications don’t matter but they have to be referred and vouched for as appropriate by an individual connected to the programme - this can be Editorial Intelligence, an individual sponsor or a proven networks organisation for young BME professionals.

Editorial Intelligence runs the scheme on a non-profit basis, with all funds received ring-fenced only for this purpose. 60% covers time spent - it is fairly intensive spend over a year. 40% covers direct costs and this includes help with train fares and hotels etc for out of London scholars. The cost per scholar is £2,500 plus VAT for one year, although at the end of the year the individual passes through into the Editorial Intelligence network overall. Payment is Up Front.

Sponsors of scholars will be named as such online and on letterhead and programme materials. They will be, if they wish, on an Advisory Committee which meets over drinks in Central London twice a year alongside the Patrons who will be key figures from business, creative industries and the BAME community. Sponsors can also directly nominate their beneficiaries as long as they do so within the nomination timeframe: In this case by 1st March.

If you are interested in the Social Capital Network either as a potential sponsor or a scholar, please contact Sophie on sophie@editorialintelligence.com


What eiScholars say about the ei network:

Dami Fajobi is a young social entrepreneur and businessman working in the tech sector. He currently heads client services at Slenky, a digital platform connecting young people with opportunities related to their passions and interests.

"The Scholarship has given me an incredible opportunity to socialise with people from completely different circles to mine. This has afforded the equally valuble opportunity to build  knowledge of new spaces and people, whilst highlighting shared values and confirming the value of my own opinions and experiences within these groups. My current role is a direct result of the scholarship, as I met the CEO of Slenky- my current boss- at an event that I'd been invited to as part of the programme"

Mayur Gupta
is a businessman and a social entrepreneur. He is the Founder and CEO at Career Accelerator

"I met Patricia Hamzahee at an ei event. I asked Patricia to be my mentor at a live crowdfunding event I was pitching at to launch my social enterprise. She agreed and was the first person ever to provide financial support to my organistaion. As a result of this I was able to set up my social enterprise and two years later my business works with over 100 students across nine schools and over 20 tech firms including Vodafone, LinkedIn and Just Eat. None of this would have happened without the opportunities ei gave me. Oh, and I've also become a voracious reader and I would attribute this to all interesting thinkers I met through ei."

Shaniqua Benjamin
is a writer, poet and founding director of Young People Insight.
"Being a member of ei gave me the opportunity to meet a variety of interesting people in enviroments someone like me would never usually be in. I've been able to develop some good relationships, especially with my fellow scholars, who I'm very glad to have met and spent time with. I also loved having the chance to share my peotry at ei's Names Not Numbers. Ei were the first people to pay me for my peotry and that was a real confidence boast."



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