I am on my way back from Bath - my talk at the Association of County Chief Executives conference seemed to go quite well. This was a relief - not least because I suffered once more this morning from 'Taylor's Law'. This states that whenever one has put aside the time of a journey to do some final preparation for a speech or presentation, it is guaranteed that an old friend will walk into the plane or train, thus making preparation impossible. I know this sounds obscure, but it has now happened to me so many times that I am convinced there is something going on. While it was more fun than preparing for my speech to chat to my old No. 10 colleague, Peter Hyman, I did wonder whether the chief executives noticed that my list of six points contained only five!
I did have some time for preparation last night, but only after listening to Zarine Kharas, founder of Justgiving.com and this year's winner of the RSA Albert Medal. Zarine gave a great speech, telling us about not only the founding principles of Justgiving, but also the progressive and innovative way her organisation works - she is a worthy winner.
In introducing her, I mentioned to the audience in the Great Room that £430m has so far been raised through Justgiving. I also took the opportunity to remind people of my own Justgiving site. So far, I haven't quite met the £500 target I have set myself to raise for the Alzheimer's Society but I have a secret plan (OK, not so secret) to raise the target to £1000.
That's it for now - I will try to blog again later about my six (or was it five?) point plan for the 'pro-social local authority'.
How Alison Kwan FRSA, winner of RSA Catalyst Seed Grant, is using the Grant to create an innovative, sustainable way to empower Women in Central Vietnam to be independent farmers.