Bridging Communities, 31st Jan,The Melting Pot

Get ready to connect, collaborate, and build relationships at “Bridging Communities” on January 31st at the Melting Pot

Date and time

Wed, 31 Jan 2024 17:30 – 20:00 GMT


The Melting Pot, 15 Calton Rd Edinburgh EH8 8DL


Your favourite cross-community, silo-breaking event is back in Edinburgh!

After a brief hiatus as we introduced Bridging Communities to Glasgow, we’re pleased to announce that we’re bringing the energy back to Edinburgh in the second of our Bridging Communities scale-up series.

The Melting Pot in collaboration with some of the city’s most engaged community builders, are offering another chance to gather, connect and lean into the innovative potential of your local communities.

For your hosts, Helen, Jess and Anna, community is their north star. It’s about more than shared spaces or common goals; it’s the mosaic of shared stories, intertwined lives and the spontaneous “aha” moments that occur when diverse minds meet.

Last time, we discussed change: how our communities support us through turbulent times and how we build and grow personally and professionally in these times of change. This January, we’re extending the conversation to look at how we grow with and alongside our communities. We’ll examine personal and professional stories of growth, identifying how we can build the structures we all need to reach our potential.

Join us on the 31st of January, where our speakers will share their stories of growth and transformation – and how their communities have grown alongside them.

What to expect:

  • Engaging talks from cross-sector experts on collaborative growth and transformation.
  • Insights into Edinburgh’s diverse business communities.
  • Opportunities to share your passions and projects with like-minded individuals.
  • Facilitated, purposeful networking.
  • A relaxed environment for making new connections and finding inspiration.

Be part of this transformative gathering. Unleash your potential, connect with like-minded professionals, and contribute to Edinburgh’s thriving business community.

Speakers details coming soon!

Hosted by:

  • The Melting Pot

Alongside our community partners:

  • Catalysing Connections
  • The Challenges Network
  • Tech Meetup
  • Edinburgh Social Enterprise Network
  • Start up Grind Scotland
  • Edinburgh Communities Climate Action Network
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • Creative Edinburgh
  • Knowvate Hub
  • Dechomai LTD
  • CodeBase / Techscaler
  • Black Professionals Scotland

This event is the second in our Bridging Communities scaleup series. Thanks to the Scottish Government’s Ecosystem Fund, we’re taking Bridging Communities on the road across Scotland, connecting local and national business communities together to ignite innovation and create real change.

Our series culminates in a one-day conference in Glasgow on the 25th of April, 2024. Save the date: more information is coming soon!

Our Facilitators

Anna Brow, Communications Manager, loveelectric

From Aotearoa New Zealand to Edinburgh, Scotland, Anna has seen how people create real change through business. With a wealth of experience in Scotland’s Startup ecosystem, Anna has established relationships and partnerships with national and local bodies in various sectors, focused on entrepreneurship and social impact.

Anna brings creative and strategic expertise to her work, striving to create innovative strategies to engage with stakeholders. Currently working in the marketing team at loveelectric, Anna brings an inquisitive take on the entrepreneurial world.

Helen Denny, CEO, The Melting Pot – Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation

Helen is an entrepreneurial and empathetic leader with 20+ years’ experience across sectors. Her expertise lie in business development, strategy, facilitation and innovation. For the past decade, she has run her own social business, Not9to5, helping individuals and organisations navigate the changing world of work. Helen has been a member of The Melting Pot’s coworking community since 2016, and has found it to be an important source of connection, career progression and community. She is passionate about social innovation and has recently taken on the role of CEO, leading The Melting Pot in this next chapter as Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation.

Jess Gildner, Freelance Facilitator and Co-Design for Social Impact

Jess has supported over 100 charities and social enterprises to figure things out and accelerate their impact since 2019. She has worked in social and environmental impact organisations for over 20 years, holding community-facing and senior management roles.

About The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot is Scotland’s Centre for Social Innovation and one of the oldest coworking communities in the world. We offer freelancers, remote workers, small businesses and large organisations flexible, safe and creative solutions for this new era of working.

We offer regular events for our community, from exciting talks with Scotland’s leading Social Innovators to practical help with your business. We love helping people meet, learn and connect so we make sure almost all our events are open to everyone.