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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.

Applauding The Achievements Of Women Of Colour In The UK

Foluke Akinlose MBE | Posted 22.08.2016 | UK
Foluke Akinlose MBE

So often in the UK we only see or hear the stories of women of colour if we are in trouble or if something terrible has happened to us...yes, it's critically important that these stories are told, yet these are not our only stories.

Inspiring Entrepreneurship: Entrepreneur Set to Help Create 10,000 Businesses

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 18.08.2016 | UK
Tasnim Nazeer

There are many biased representations of Muslims within the mainstream media and people often disregard the positive contributions of the 1.6 billion nation, who have excelled in a variety of industries.

Why millennials are providing the tipping point for Impact Investment

Nick O'Donohoe | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK
Nick O'Donohoe

Investors are increasingly asking themselves, then, an additional question. Not just the questions of risk and return; but that of risk, return and impact. As this change accelerates its potential scale can be truly transformative in terms of our ability to address some of the world's most intractable global challenges. We all need to ensure that we create the right environment for this to happen.

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.

Changing the Way We Fundraise

Devi Clark | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK
Devi Clark

"I used to work for the Cats Protection League," said Mark Salway, leaning back in his chair with a smile. "The fundraising team ran a big campaign to raise money for a cat called Scrunchy, which did well. But, I pointed out to them, that this 'restricted funding' could only be used for a cat called Scrunchy, or we'd be breaking the law!

Tech for Good: Food for Purpose

Liv Sibony | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Tech
Liv Sibony

Food. It nourishes our demanding bodies, reminds us of the nostalgic home and people we once shared it with; and it is the rope that ties us to our cultural identity. We are served generous portions of it by our local curry restaurant, and we serve it proudly from our own kitchens to our friends and loved ones.

Purpose and Universities

Nick Petford | Posted 08.06.2016 | UK
Nick Petford

What is purpose in the workplace all about? When Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz says young people today want to go home at night and not just talk abou...

Technology Is Unleashing Potential All Over The World

Cameron Stevens | Posted 03.06.2016 | UK Tech
Cameron Stevens

It was a privilege to be a part of the audience for Bill Gates' keynote speech at the ASU GSV Summit in San Diego in April this year. Hearing his view of the future, it was hard not to feel the groundswell of optimism currently taking hold around the world. Gates still believes that technology is a force for good, opening a world of opportunity for us all.

Charitable Giving Is Stagnant - So We Built a Blockchain Platform to Restore Trust in Charities

Raphael Mazet | Posted 01.06.2016 | UK Tech
Raphael Mazet

At its core, blockchain technology is a way to enforce trust and transparency amongst people transacting with each other. I was intrigued by the increasing use of Bitcoin for donations, for example, and by the creation of very serious all-blockchain NGOs dedicated to empowering the unbanked in some of the poorest regions of the world.

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

Scarlett Montanaro | Posted 05.05.2016 | 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...

Be a Fashion Revolutionary

Marianne Caroline Hughes | Posted 18.04.2016 | UK Style
Marianne Caroline Hughes

This week marks the beginning of Fashion Revolution Week, but how can you be a fashion revolutionary? For the first time, a global online event will take place which anyone in the world can take part in: the Fashion Revolution Wall.

Five Things We Can Learn From Medellin

Adam Bradford | Posted 29.03.2016 | 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...

Redundancies Make Headlines - Missed Opportunities Should Too

Ben Hughes | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK
Ben Hughes

Whenever a well-known business announces redundancies of hundreds of jobs it makes the headlines. We all understand the horrifying impact these kinds of decisions have on people and communities. So imagine where the UK's recovery would be without the 100,000 jobs that exist thanks to responsible finance lenders over the past 10 years.

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

" target="_hplink"> Ever heard of a 'start-up accelerator?' For the uninitiated, a start-up accelerator is what Mark Zuckerberg would have needed if...

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 23.09.2016 | 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 06.07.2016 | 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...