Claire Carpenter, The Melting Pot (Edinburgh)

Claire founded The Melting Pot – Scotland’s Center for Social innovation – one of the world’s’ first coworking spaces, back in 2005, by leading a grassroots group to create a innovative new type of resource base for a niche audience and establishing it as a social enterprise.

Claire leads the business’ development – creating initiatives to stimulate and support social innovation. This includes Good Ideas – a free incubation programme which helps people turn their ideas into change; and innovative services that power-up globally the next generation of coworking businesses through the Coworking Accelerator.

In 2016 she received the inaugural ‘Social Enterprise Champion’ Award at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the UK Social Enterprise Awards ‘Women in Social Enterprise’ category.

Her expertise is in personal, organisational and community development.

Claire tours internationally providing a range of inputs on subjects including quality coworking, leadership, social enterprise development, and incubating social change.