Social Enterprise

Good Things Happen When Universities And Businesses Join Forces

Professor John Raftery | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK
Professor John Raftery

Yes, universities should be globally focused. Yes, they should contribute to knowledge through their powerful research. But initiatives like the Big Idea Challenge show how those closer to home can be inspired to walk a different path. Even if they never pass through our doors.

Note To Self - My Life Story Is Not Saved As A PDF

Kim Pearce | Posted 24.04.2017 | UK Style
Kim Pearce

The work of The Possibility Project is never to tell people how to live their lives or what clothes they should be buying, it's simply to demonstrate that there are many versions of doing things. At the heart of what we do is an intrinsic trust in the power of our creative spirit to make great choices for self, and when we do, our greatness will naturally flow into other people's lives.

Five Ways To Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Jen Gale | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jen Gale

Fear is something we all struggle with, even if outwardly it looks to the rest of the world as if we are boldly taking on new challenges, there is a little voice inside all of us that resists change, that is scared when we start to one out of our comfort zones.

Meeting Your Maker: Why Fairtrade Brands Should Meet The Artisans Behind Their Business

Harjit Sohotey-Khan | Posted 15.03.2017 | UK
Harjit Sohotey-Khan

Photo credit: Harjit Sohotey-Khan India. It's a vast and beautiful country that swings between exquisite and extreme. The diversity both in culture a...

Forget Consensus, Lead With Common Sense For A Change

Kim Pearce | Posted 10.03.2017 | UK
Kim Pearce

'I think consensus is a poor substitute for leadership' Charlotte Beers. In his brilliant book; Originals - How non-conformists move the world, Adam ...

Doing It Ourselves, Together

Ed Mayo | Posted 01.03.2017 | UK Politics
Ed Mayo

From cuts to social care to business closures to the rising gig economy, there are some huge issues facing the UK economy. Government and big business don't appear to have the answers, so a rising wave of entrepreneurs are taking matters into their own hands - by working together.

West-Midlands Devolution And The Potential For Public Services

Andrew Laird | Posted 14.02.2017 | UK
Andrew Laird

In May, the people of the West Midlands will vote for their first democratically elected "Metro Mayor". This is all part of a devolution deal struck w...

The Social Enterprise Fulfilling Alan Turing's Legacy

James Turing | Posted 22.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
James Turing

We still have work to do. Alan left enormous shoes to fill. But we're heading some way to living up to his legacy. Bringing the benefits of the digital age to those who need it most, by creating training and volunteering opportunities in the UK and promoting the transition towards a circular economy in Scotland whilst improving access to education in rural African communities.

How I Got Through The Edinburgh Fringe On Benefits

Samantha Pressdee | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Comedy
Samantha Pressdee

This year I took my topless comedy show 'Sextremist' to the Edinburgh Fringe partly in thanks to financial backing from the Tory Government, (yes you ...

Are Elected Mayors An Opportunity Or Threat For Social Enterprise?

Andrew Laird | Posted 19.09.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

These are going to be uncertain and challenging times for social enterprises and mutuals and the government must be vigilant as it settles devolution deals. We must all be wary of the unintended consequences of devolution and be careful not to undo the fantastic progress that has been made building up the social enterprise and mutual sector.

The Developing Social Economy In Korea

Nick Petford | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK
Nick Petford

The size of this economy is smaller than the UK where in excess of 70,000 social enterprises contribute 4% to UK GDP. But it is hugely impressive given a starting point of near zero at the turn of the millennium.

What Is the Point of Me?

Adrian Walker | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Adrian Walker

Whatever Europe I wake up in each day, I will carry on asking and being asked the question - what was the purpose? Do you really mean it or is it just hollow words? Was the day lived good enough? We will ask the same question at my work each day and with luck we will again start to ask the same questions of and in Government.

Time to Heal Divides...

Cliff Prior | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Cliff Prior

We are a divided nation. A disunited kingdom. The referendum divide between Scotland, Northern Ireland, London and a handful of other English cities, and the rest of England and the whole of Wales, was deep. The divide between young and old was even deeper.

Brexit Can't Be Allowed to Completely Stall Public Service Reform

Andrew Laird | Posted 26.06.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Laird

My biggest fear is that the referendum result will totally monopolise the time and energy of Ministers and MPs. As a country we cannot afford to slip into another period of nothing happening on the public service reform front. The public would not thank Westminster politicians for three years of nothing but Brexit.

Whatever Happened to co-production?

June O'Sullivan MBE | Posted 21.06.2016 | UK Politics
June O'Sullivan MBE

Do you remember the Big Society, the ambition where the state would be rolled back and every effort would be made to engage people, neighbourhoods and organisations in a way that would build social capital? The means of doing this would be co-production. But where has this intention gone?

A Social Enterprising Future for Ex-Gang Members

Devi Clark | Posted 06.06.2016 | UK
Devi Clark

Ed is one of six participants in a programme being run in Luton by PRACTivate, working with young adults who have had experience of gang membership, drug dealing or social exclusion. "I had to really reassess and think about what I want in life," he says.

Five Lessons About Starting a Business in a Developing Country

Edward Lowe | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Edward Lowe

There is no doubt about it; social enterprise is a hot topic right now. Balancing making profit with having a positive impact on the world is something that many entrepreneurs are striving for, and increasingly leading them to focus on some of the world's developing nations.

The Smart Money Is on the Local Economy

Dan Andersson | Posted 13.05.2017 | UK Tech
Dan Andersson

Blockchain has been having a bit of a 'moment' over the past year, with some of the world's largest banks joining forces to create a framework for usi...

A Lazy Girl's Guide to Starting a Successful Side Project

Scarlett Montanaro | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK
Scarlett Montanaro

Since I started studying advertising back in 2009 I would sit in the audience of industry talks and listen intently to the speakers. These speakers seemed like the shining stars of advertising, who had everything together and had an inextinguishable amount of motivation...

Libraries in Dire Straits - Time for New Thinking

Andrew Laird | Posted 30.03.2017 | UK
Andrew Laird

It's not going to be a huge surprise to many people that traditional council library services are in dire straits. As funding has been squeezed, services like children's and adults' social care are naturally being prioritised over non-essential services.

Five Things We Can Learn From Medellin

Adam Bradford | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK
Adam Bradford

I was lucky enough to visit the second largest city in Colombia last week - Medellin. The city of eternal spring. Once known as one of the most viol...

Can Social Enterprises Help Charities Be Financially Independent?

Trewin Restorick | Posted 25.03.2017 | UK
Trewin Restorick

How can charities raise funds without damaging their integrity or independence? This question has never been more pressing. The collapse of Kids Comp...

Can Social Enterprise Ever Be Big Enough to Change the World?

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 20.03.2017 | UK
Rajeeb Dey

As social enterprise continues to grow at pace, we've seen the rhetoric shift from volume to one around scale. Whilst the concept of 'unicorns' (billion dollar valuation businesses), growth hacking and scaling is common speak in the technology field we are seeing more and more discussion on the concept of scale emerge in the world of social enteprise too.

A Balanced Economy Needs Responsible Finance for Business

Ben Hughes | Posted 27.01.2017 | UK
Ben Hughes

It was fascinating to read the latest description of a two-tier Britain - in which meaningful job creation is lagging behind in vast swathes of the Mi...

Queen's Young Leader Award Will Allow Me to Meet Some of the Commonwealth's Most Inspiring, Change-creating Leaders

Adam Bradford | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Bradford

The work I'm doing now, raising awareness and understanding of autism, running campaigns and developing my consultancy's portfolio will be impacted so much by the Award. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet some of the Commonwealth's most inspiring, change-creating leaders who care about the world around them and the way it is working. I can't wait to meet my fellow Award Winners and Her Majesty The Queen!