The feedback from the group was that the experience of reading and discussing a fiction book had helped develop and fine-tune their empathy. This was because they believed having been able to tap into the feelings of the characters in the book, they felt this would help them be more attuned to their colleague’s feelings in everyday WorkLife situations and have greater empathy because of that.
Do You Believe in Love at First Page? February a Valentine’s Month Filled With Book Blind Dates was so successful it not only saved the library from closure, it also created permanent jobs for two new librarians to join Fred. That was just as well, because they continued to run monthly Blind Date with a Book themed events, which are so successful, they are continuously running out of covered books and need many hands to add more to the collection.
The social enterprise went much further than serving up the best coffees. Learning to create that perfect cup of coffee instilled a sense of pride in every single employee. And the parting words from Charlie as each team took their mobile coffee truck on the road, “I trust you, make the call,” gave them the self-belief that they could do this.