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Public Services Need a Dose of Maverickism

Andrew Laird | Posted 05.02.2016 | UK
Andrew Laird

I believe the next five years will see the full emergence of a new breed of individual: the Public Service Entrepreneur. These will be people who are passionate about public services but know that there is a more entrepreneurial way to get the social outcomes they are working their socks off to achieve. They don't want to submit to the unhelpful aspects of an often over-bureaucratised system, they want to by-pass it altogether and spend their time finding new ways to solve the problems of their service users.

Six Entrepreneurs Kicking Enough Ass to Inspire You For All of 2016

Adele Barlow | Posted 31.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Adele Barlow

"Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?" These words from Mary Oliver never fail to inspire me. When I think of my favourite responses to that question, the stories behind the following entrepreneurs would top the list...

Social Impact Insights: Georgie Fienberg, Founder, AfriKids

Carlos Miranda | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Carlos Miranda

In our Social Impact Insights series, we like to highlight the work of incredible, socially motivated individuals who are making a great impact in the...

The Life-Changing Power of a Smile

Charlotte Cramer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Charlotte Cramer

I rearranged my scarf to cover my nose; pulled my fingers out of my gloves and curled them into my palms, making a fist. "It's freezing...it's freezin...

Profit Only a Byproduct to the Real Purpose Behind Social Innovation

Danny Bartlett | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Danny Bartlett

Ever heard of a 'start-up accelerator?' For the uninitiated, a start-up accelerator is what Mark Zuckerberg would have needed if he hadn't had acce...

From Librarian to Entrepreneur

Andrew Laird | Posted 28.10.2015 | UK
Andrew Laird

Over the last five years, library services have been among the hardest hit by local authority budget cuts. Despite the Chancellor's summer budget reve...

Let's Release Public Services From the 'Computer Says No' Culture

Andrew Laird | Posted 05.10.2015 | UK
Andrew Laird

There's a widespread discussion going on about how robots, machines and computers are replacing humans in the workplace. I watched the recent Panorama...

What Can We Learn From the Failure at Addenbrooke's Hospital?

Andrew Laird | Posted 24.09.2015 | UK
Andrew Laird

That one of the jewels in the NHS's crown has ended up on a list of high-profile failures has come as a shock to many. The branding of Addenbrooke's Hospital as 'inadequate' by health regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), raises serious issues about the way hospitals are run. How can a hospital that was considered one of the safest two years ago, now be in special measures?

Partners in Development: the Recipe for Win-Win-Win Partnerships

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK
Rajeeb Dey

Within the social enterprise arena Partnerships are certainly a key vehicle for scaling ventures and achieving greater social impact. Exploring the to...

Is Religion the World's Largest Social Enterprise Accelerator?

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Rajeeb Dey

Religion and its role within business is something which fascinates me and is not a topic I feel is widely discussed.

Social Entrepreneurs Are a Special Breed - Stubborn, Obnoxious, Innovative

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

Social entrepreneurship is the way to change the world, says Pamela Hartigan, director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Oxford. It ...

This Socially Responsible Beer Brand Is In The Running To Win A Share Of $1M In Funding From Chivas

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK

Back in October 2014, Chivas launched a competition to find the UK's most inspirational social enterprise. And who came out on top in the UK? Two F...

Weapons of Mass Construction

Ian Spero | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK
Ian Spero

Last week more than two hundred would-be revolutionaries answered a call to arms and gathered in London with a view to reimagining the future - let me tell you about the first day of the proceedings...

Ten Reasons Why Everyone Can Be an Entrepreneur

Andrew Devenport | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Andrew Devenport

Eric Ries, in his book "The Lean Startup", states that mistakes are beneficial to the development process of a new business. However, he says that it is important to fail as soon as possible and to learn as quickly as possible! In other words, entrepreneurs should keep their failures small and should also eliminate them while they are not creating bigger problems..

Social Impact Insights: Iqbal Wahhab, Founder and CEO, Roast Restaurant

Carlos Miranda | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK
Carlos Miranda

As much as "social enterprise" is a buzzword these days, there are people who reject this label entirely. 'Reluctant social entrepreneur,' Iqbal Wahhab is one such person. Sitting in Roast Restaurant in Borough Market, London, enjoying a delicious macchiato and the exceptional service of their highly-rated staff, I questioned Iqbal's hesitation to embrace this categorisation of his long-standing work supporting the community.

Top Five Tips for Making the Most of the Skoll World Forum

Asim Haneef | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK
Asim Haneef

I've previously heard some people refer to the Skoll World Forum in Oxford as the 'Oscars of Social Enterprise' - an annual glitzy affair with celebrities and influential figures coming from across the globe to celebrate themselves and drink champagne...

What's The UK's Worthiest New Social Enterprise?

The Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 02.03.2015 | UK

The search for the most deserving social enterprise in the nation has come to an end. The Venture, an initiative set up by Premium Scotch Whiskey ...

Immigrants Beyond Headlines

Jana Bakunina | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK
Jana Bakunina

European immigrants who arrived in the UK since 2000 have contributed more than £20bn to UK public finances between 2001 and 2011. European immigrants from the EU-15 countries contributed 64% more in taxes than they received in benefits.

Leading Brands Set Their Sights on Older Adults, So Should You

Ian Spero | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Ian Spero

Employing more mature celebrities to endorse products in a world saturated with pouting teens and seductive twenty-somethings, is evidence of a growing trend of brands readdressing an affluent market which is feeling misunderstood.

EU Needs Social Entrepreneurs to Leverage the Silver Economy

Ian Spero | Posted 05.04.2015 | UK Tech
Ian Spero

A Revolution which aims to inspire businesses - large, medium, small, micro, and entrepreneurs - to join forces, in a united effort to imagine new products and services with potential of disrupting the institutional model of long term care; a model which is currently not fit for purpose

Quiz: Are You Cut Out To Be An Entrepreneur?

Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK

You like the idea of being your own boss. If you weren’t tied to your current job and had the chance to go with that killer business idea that’s b...

Why Social Enterprise Will Not Replace Social Welfare Programs

Tim Curtis | Posted 15.02.2015 | UK Politics
Tim Curtis

Social enterprise is a great idea, but still will not, and cannot, replace state social welfare programs. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against social enterprise. Indeed, I have worked for social enterprises all my working life and I champion the causes across the University of Northampton in the UK, where I now work. I have started, stopped, advised, been a director of, researched and published about, social enterprises over the last twenty years.

Learning From Local - We Need a New Economic Model

Geraldine Blake | Posted 10.02.2015 | UK
Geraldine Blake

The common link here is the joint action between local government and social organisations focused on the neighbourhood or town or city. It's about growing solutions from the ground up, and trusting that together, we can build a better world.

Why Wasting Food Should Be as Unacceptable as Throwing Litter

Alicia Lawson | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alicia Lawson

The difficulty with food waste is that its real environmental damage is created through its production, not its disposal. It's hard to connect wasting food with the damage it causes, because by the time it's on your plate, the damage has already been done.

Things To Consider Before You Mix Business With Family

Huffington Post UK | Shihab S Joi | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK

Brothers in arms. The phrase speaks of unity yet the setting is unarguably one of war. The same could apply to the saying, ‘sisters are doing it for...