Social Innovation

What the Criminal Justice Sector Can Learn From Google

Anton Shelupanov | Posted 11.10.2014 | UK Tech
Anton Shelupanov

The part-privatisation of the probation service of England and Wales represents one of the most radical policy reforms in crime and justice of the past 70 years. The changes are, not surprisingly, the cause of a great deal of upheaval, doubt and concern in the sector.

Social Innovation Through Hope Economies: From Addicts to Entrepreneurs

Loren Treisman | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Loren Treisman

Bridgetown on the Cape Flats in Cape Town isn't where you'd immediately head to seek out social innovation. High unemployment and poverty have left communities plagued by drug addiction and gang crime; the lack of opportunity leaving many feeling hopeless...

'The Stoning of Maria M': The Urgent Requirement for Internal Systems Innovation in Parliament

Martina Keens-Betts | Posted 14.06.2014 | UK Politics
Martina Keens-Betts

I have to say that I felt dreadfully sorry for Maria Miller during the recent vicious public 'stoning' over her expenses.

A New Kind of Private Members Club - Tackling Homelessness

Sandra Schembri | Posted 16.05.2014 | UK
Sandra Schembri

My starting point as Chief Executive was what if this could be a place where the pleasures and needs of one group may facilitate the dreams of others? And that this should be at the forefront of all our organisational decisions, from the training we offer to the members that join, the networks they bring with them, the cultural programming we create and the suppliers we choose to work with.

Impact Investing: Should We Take a Risk With Other People's Lives?

Joe Ludlow | Posted 29.04.2014 | UK
Joe Ludlow

The UK Government has announced some very public failures in new models of public services this week, and this begs some questions about failure for all of us investing in social innovation.

Making Community Policing More Wicked

Tim Curtis | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tim Curtis

There is a long way to go to ensure that PCSOs are supported within their Police force in LISPing, and for partner agencies to recognise that these projects are very important to the Police, and become willing to help the Police achieve their objectives- through making an exception over hedgecutting in the district trying to protect themselves from burglaries.

Youth Unemployment: Who Is to Be Blamed?

Jeremy Lamri | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jeremy Lamri

Youth unemployment is not a joke, it is a serious issue that needs to be addressed by every person or organisation, be it either a government, a company, a school or an association.

Renewable Energy: The Oxygen of Africa's Growth and Development

Kristine Pearson | Posted 21.07.2013 | UK
Kristine Pearson

Energy poverty, or energy injustice, at that time was simply known as "life". Everyday challenges largely went unnoticed by women walking long distances to collect firewood and inhaling wood smoke from cooking or kerosene fumes from rough-hewn tin lamps. This situation is changing fast.

Values and Ethics in Socially Entrepreneurial Universities

Tim Curtis | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Tim Curtis

The purpose of the socially entrepreneurial University can therefore be said to be to make society more equal and just through the values and decisions of our graduates. The debate on values then becomes re-centred on what values we wish to develop in our graduating students, and thus into social entrepreneurship that we create? Here are some suggestions.

Charity Support or Personal Gain: What Would You Do With $1Billion?

Anthony Farah | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Tech
Anthony Farah

If you were given US$1 billion dollars, what would you do with it? How much would you keep and how much would you give you charity? It's a powerful question that prompts a lot of different answers and emotions. It's a question that we hope the world will be asking itself from today... but more on that shortly.

Indian Businesses Are Revelling in 'Unreasonable Goals'

Green Futures | Posted 23.04.2013 | UK
Green Futures

It's all a far cry from what could be described as the comparatively sober, 'traditional' Indian corporate approach to sustainability, rooted in a long tradition of philanthropy. It's a tradition which has been absorbed smoothly into the relatively recent concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR).

Where are the Good Ideas?

Helen Goulden | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK
Helen Goulden

The question is how do you find and finance solutions to these problems - that aren't sexy, lucrative or easy to solve - and where solutions are likely to be found at grassroots, by people who are close to their communities, who might not find it easy to source funding on the high street?

What Is the True Nature of the Social Enterprise

Alan Moore | Posted 15.10.2012 | UK
Alan Moore

When we use the phrase social enterprise, we all intuitively understand that is in some way different from an orthodox view of how industrial enterprises operate, how they are organised, what is their role and purpose, by which I mean whom do they really serve? And, how in part they make their money. We have to ask therefore - what is the true nature of the social enterprise?

Breeding Innovation

Chris Brauer | Posted 14.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Brauer

Innovation is a concept that just won't quit. Suitable really, as it is broadly intended as a means for solving problems and the world has plenty of those at the moment.

Helping 100,000 Refugees Find Missing Family

David and Christopher Mikkelsen | Posted 02.07.2012 | UK Tech
David and Christopher Mikkelsen

On 23 April, Refugees United passed a significant milestone in its short history: The one hundredth thousand refugee in search of missing family registered onto our family tracing platform. One hundred thousand. One hundred thousand lives touched. One hundred thousand refugees separated from family members during their escape from conflict.

WATCH: Sleeping Bags That Save Babies And Other Innovations

Posted 28.03.2012 | UK

From teeny-tiny sleeping bags ending infant mortality to soccer balls that produce electricity, a new documentary shows how fresh solutions to old pro...