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The Social Capital Network established by Editorial Intelligence for BAME individuals between the age of 19-30

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.

The person needs to be able to take an afternoon/evening workshops (4 per year) and to attend at least some of the breakfast and evening events on offer, as well as 2.5 days a year with their ‘Scholar Hosts’  – eg joining someone in their working day on several occasion.

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

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