A message from The Melting Pot: Social Innovation and the COVID-19 Crisis

What strange times we’re living through. 

This last week has been a big shock to us all. Things are changing rapidly, and we are all going to face different challenges through this time – personally and professionally.

Social Innovation in a time of crisis

The social innovation sector is needed more than ever. We need sustainably delivered social change to bring us out of this crisis. To do this we must look after ourselves and each other. 

The work you were already doing and the new work you have taken on to protect your communities, your businesses and your own well-being is invaluable.  

We are seeing grassroots social innovation flourish. From front line medical staff to notes posted through front doors. 

Let’s look after our people. Our organisations. The beautiful ecosystem we have built. Let’s stay afloat so we can operate as the life raft we’ve always intended to be. 

The Melting Pot

I spent last week working with my team to ensure our own well-being and safety is protected and to decide where we need to take The Melting Pot. Today we close our doors until we know it is safe for us to reopen them.

I may not need to tell you this, but The Melting Pot largely provides space-based products and services. The last week has really pulled the rug out from beneath our organisation – a business, a social enterprise and a charity. We’re used to the hustle and we are adapting and innovating.

We’re taking our coworking services online as The Virtual Pot, Good Ideas will emerge in brand new digital formats and the Coworking Accelerator will help other coworking practitioners hold on for dear life through all this.  

I know the social innovation sector has been a stronger place for The Melting Pot for the last 12 years and we’re still right here for you all. We will continue to bolster the sector in this time of crisis.

  • Look after yourself first. Stay home. Follow the government guidance on social distancing and work out what your daily routine needs to include to keep you happy and healthy.
  • Adapt and keep going – in your personal life and at work. 
  • Ask for help. You’ll have your own support system, reach out to them.
Claire is the award-winning Founder and CEO of The Melting Pot and a global pioneer of coworking. Claire leads the strategic direction of The Melting Pot, including Good Ideas and the Coworking Accelerator Network.

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