I'm a serial entrepreneur and the founder of a global digital education content company, specializing in cross-cultural issues. I also happen to be a minority female from a traditional culture. I mention that fact last because it's the least relevant reason as to how and why I became an entrepreneur and how I run my business.
So for us and all the intermediaries, plus I'm sure many charities and social enterprises, we've come to the top of the first hill just in time to work out how to plan out the mountain range ahead. Time to get started.
Investing in social businesses isn't about hugging trees. Having run several 'for profit' digital businesses over the years, I'm an unrepentant capitalist who recognises that whilst money doesn't grow on trees, nothing is more important than sustainability
Being poor is not just about being unable to afford those 'nice to have' things - it's being forced to pay more for the absolute essentials, such as gas, electricity, banking, household goods and even groceries simply because you are living in poverty. It's called the 'poverty premium' and it is effectively a tax on the poor.
Sometimes struggles make you stronger. Whether that's coming out of an early life in care, a spell in prison, or the adversity of extreme poverty. There can be a time when you're ready to change, and a time when someone is there to help you forward.
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.
I'm not for a moment saying we shouldn't think and plan and act at our absolute best. But there is little point in our existence unless we can achieve change for people we are here for. The biggest risk of all is failing the people who need us. Let's urge charities on, let's give them the room to breathe, and our support to take courage.
As a concept, social investment can be hard to get your head around. For the UK Government however it has quickly become a credible and important way of helping charities and social enterprises increase their impact in communities, helping them to grow and support more people in need. The concept is simple.
Social enterprise - sustainable businesses that exist for more than simply profit - is not a new concept, but their recent growth is. There are now 180,000 social enterprises in the UK and sector contributes at least £55bn to the economy.
I was working as a special adviser at the Department of Trade and Industry at the beginning of the 2000s when Sir Ronald Cohen began pushing for what was eventually to become, in 2011, Big Society Capital (BSC), the world's first social investment institution...