Exidex - at a glance
Date of next meeting: this is the closest weekday to the 11th (xi in roman numerals!) of every month.
Our next get-together is at 9.30am on Thursday 11th November - we're going to take a trip to the Chaldean Estate near Much Hadham. The aim is to find out how farming has evolved in recent years to work in novel ways with the local environment and more closely with nature. We will meet at 9.30am for a short presentation from the farm manager and then we will be taken around the farm in two vehicles. Numbers restricted initially to 8 Exies but we can change that if we need to.
What is the Exidex? The Experienced
Individuals Ideas Exchange is a new project where Experienced Individuals "Exies" can
exchange ideas that can be either commercial or philanthropic in nature.
Exidex brings a unique resource and opportunity together – to help more experienced people make a real difference. This will not just improve their own lives, self-esteem and potentially even their financial situation but will also help businesses to reconnect with the changing demographics of the workforce and the population as a whole.
We believe that we need to try to take advantage of this tremendous chance to harness the energy, positivity and accumulated knowledge
of people that have Experience.
The beauty of the Exidex is that you never know what will happen, or what ideas will crop up. This is a group that uses existing relationships that Exies have built up over years, which are otherwise going to waste – it is not just a networking group because Exies already have tremendous networks of friends, colleagues and associates. The idea is to put those networks to use.
Ideas and proposals can be brought to the group and given airtime so that the Exies can use their knowledge and expertise to uncover new input, suggestions and possibly pitfalls that had not previously been noticed.
The ideas that the Exies
bring do not necessarily have to be revenue generating business ideas –
they could be in the charity sector or anything that the Exie feels will be interesting. The aim is to create the buzz that
can be found in small groups when ideas are floated and refined, when the sum
of the whole is greater than the constituent parts – to bring the zip back into
the lives of talented and creative people.
Exidex ideas that have become actual businesses:
● motivated by being pro-active
● may have taken early retirement or a career break and are now looking for something stimulating and productive to do
● would like to gain employment by offering their skills and experience
● whose children may have flown the nest and are now looking for new opportunities
● in a job that is not making the best use of their relationships and capabilities
Exies meet once a month for a couple of hours at a convenient, comfortable central location in a relaxed yet business-like environment, if possible. Obviously if something creeps up on us such as a global virus pandemic we might have to grudgingly accept change - so we did have to switch to Zoom meetings for a little while instead. We're going to attempt a face to face meeting from now on though as long as the latest rules allow.
There is no charge to attend, but we do ask for a donation of £5 to cover our costs (if we're meeting remotely, why not put this money aside and we'll discuss what would be the most effective thing to do with it at our meeting).