Thomas Fisher has been involved in social enterprise for most of his professional life, particularly in India, England and Scotland, as well as other developing and European countries. He has fulfilled many roles, entrepreneur, manager, researcher, trainer, organisational facilitator and personal mentor.
Thomas Fisher has been involved in social enterprise for most of his professional life, particularly in India, England and Scotland, as well as other developing and European countries. He has fulfilled many roles as a social entrepreneur, team leader, trainer, facilitator and tutor, organisational and personal mentor and coach, researcher and policy advocate.
In India Thomas worked with the Tibetan refugee community and with Indian colleagues and organisations on rural employment, enterprise and micro-finance. In London Thomas was the Director for Enterprising Communities at the New Economics Foundation.
Since 2003 Thomas has lived in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. On the islands he organised the Children's Parliament group for Uist and Barra for three years, and worked for a decade at Cothrom, a local social enterprise that delivers training and community development. Thomas developed a range of new programmes at Cothrom, including support for community economic development, enterprise workshops for young islanders, mentoring and coaching, as well as Cothrom's first social audit.
Thomas developed and delivered the first Wide Horizons programme for the Social Enterprise Academy, which has since helped young unemployed people across the Highlands and Islands explore enterprising opportunities. Thomas has also delivered Academy learning programmes on project management, difficult conversations and leadership.
In 2018 Thomas and colleagues set up CoDeL (Community Development Lens) to build on community research on young people returning, staying or settling in remote communities like the Outer Hebrides. CoDeL is currently supporting young leaders on Uist who contribute so much to enable their island communities to be vibrant and sustainable.
Thomas chooses to work part-time so that he can fully engage in other areas of life, family, community, the land ...