When I heard about the Surrey WISE project I was so excited. As a Surrey resident, a mum and a digital entrepreneur I could not believe the level of empathy and synergy I had to the vision of this program.
In 1998 I became a Digital Start-Up, creating a community to bring together start-ups and small businesses all over the world, to help them become friends, encouraging them to share their skills, their contacts and even their fears with one another. Ecademy grew to over 650,000 business owners in 200 countries.
What I love about having digital skills, being connected to the digital generation and now having an opportunity to run this program is that I am working with my daughter, Hannah Power to bring this program to Surrey.
Being a business owner and the experience of Ecademy has been an incredible journey, it has allowed me to be a mum, a wife, a daughter and a business person without compromising myself and my values. Gaining the skills to use the ever increasing resources that we are given online has been my life blood.
It takes motivation to learn this new world, the motivation to understand how it can make a difference to you and those you love and want to stay in touch with.
Recently I spoke at The Trust Conference, it was a conference about building trust and how critical it is in a world when trust is declining.
If you would like to get to know me a bit, and also listen to my story, my values and what drives me, then make yourself a cup f coffee and settle down to this, 20 minutes and perhaps I will open up a few new thoughts that might motivate you to use digital more in your life.
My BIG message is that this shift is not about the technology, it is about each of us as individuals and the power of friendship in business.
Penny Power OBE