This is a job ad. But perhaps not a normal one.
We’re Kaleidoscope. We’re a social enterprise set up to help people think differently about health and care. We’re small. We have people (all 2.05 FTE of us), whiteboards (times 4), and a large welsh dresser, custom-made for a pub in 1979. We also have ambitions: we want to be the most exciting company working in health and care anywhere in the world.
As a social enterprise, we exist to undertake work in order to further our mission (helping people think differently about health and care). We do this through strategy consultancy (we’re currently working with Public Health England for example) where people very kindly pay for our time. We also play with ideas we like and think help our mission, even if it hurts our finances. For example, we run melting pot lunches, we’re about to launch the world’s largest health science-fiction writing prize, and have partnered with The Guardian to send brown paper envelopes full of cash to people who ask for them. We’re going to keep thinking up new ideas and seeing which work wonderfully, which flop fantastically, and which should never be touched by anyone, ever again.
We want someone to join us (this is a job ad after all). Might that be you?
First requirement is that you’ve got to be somewhere on our wavelength. If you’ve read the previous 230 words without hesitation, deviation or repetition, you’re probably not doing too badly. We’re not a normal organisation, and we don’t have the remotest intention of becoming one. In fact, part of our rationale for being is that we think the basic template of energy-sapping, mind-numbing, gut-wrenchingly boring organisations is fundamentally broken and in need of a serious revamp.
The person we’re after is above all kind. They’ll have the belief – experience not so necessary – they can do some specific things, such as running large engagement events single-handed, having a good chat with hospital porters and Members of Parliament alike, being able to tell a deadly idea from a dud one, a way with words, and the ability to get through an academic paper without falling asleep. But I’m afraid if you’re not kind, well, we might as well part company now.
Still with us? That’s promising. I’m getting excited, hope you are too. We have no fixed salary structure, so if you’re interested in us and us in you, we’ll need to have a chat about salary expectations. We also don’t have a formal application procedure. If you’d like to know more, come and have a coffee with us, and we’ll chat. Email me, Richard Taunt, at email@example.com to arrange. By 15th December would be good if possible.
Thanks very much, and have a great life.