without exception, everyone was kind and generous
The i-genius team is always out and about jingling with people of all walks of life, but none more than our very own Founder and CEO, Tommy Hutchinson, who enjoyed a very successful social entrepreneur tour in Indonesia and China the past few weeks. Below are Tommy’s highlights in his own words.
Sunday 27th February – after a week relaxing in Bali (including starting most mornings with a yoga session) I arrive in Jakarta and have a enjoyable briefing over dinner with Fajar and Dhika from the British Council
Tuesday 1st March – speak on social finance at the launch of the Arthur Guinness Foundation Challenge, WTC, Jakarta before going to Bandung to have dinner with hosts from Padjadaran University.
Wednesday 2nd – speak at a workshop at a beautiful community center in Bandung followed by little kids trying to teach us how to make traditional toys (they were not impressed by my efforts!). Later visit a Rose farm in the hills.
Thursday 3rd – speak at the social entrepreneur conference at Padjardaran University before returning to Jakarta
Friday 4th – morning interview with journalist before overnight flight to Beijing
Saturday 5th March – dinner with Ian Robinson, British Council and begin to get a feel for Beijing
Sunday 6th – tour the Olympic stadium and Forbidden City – great!
Monday 7th – train to Jinan and speak to audience of 500 at Shandong University followed by dinner with University colleagues
Tuesday 8th – Fly to Shanghai
Wednesday 9th – Train to Ningbo and lecture at University of Nottingham Ningbo China followed by dinner
Thursday 10th – Fly to Changsha and lecture at Hunan University where I am formally made an Advisor on social entrepreneurship to the University
Friday 11th – given very interesting tour of the local sites including Academy where Mao studies before flying to Kunming
Saturday 12th – pretty tired so rest and stroll round the beautiful lake
Sunday 13th – afternoon lecture followed by dinner at beautiful old restaurant and then evening Salon with social entrepreneurs and local NGOs
Monday 14th – final walk round the university and fly home. Didn’t want to leave!
“My thanks to the people I met in Indonesia and China. Without exception, everyone was kind and generous. Thank you to British Council, the Universities, and other partners who hosted the tour. The interpreters all did a great job,” commented Tommy Hutchinson.