Social entrepreneur mum wins the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award

Social entrepreneur mum wins the Prime Minister’s Points of Light Award

On 1 April 2019, parent and Leader Plus founder, Verena Hefti received the prime minister’s Points of Light award in recognition of her determination to ensure parents can continue their career trajectories. Read more

The Social Ideas Podcast: Should charities charge fees for services?

The Social Ideas Podcast: Should charities charge fees for services?

Following the crisis, the charity sector experienced a significant fall in income but one area that bucked the trend was the ‘fees for services.’ In this episode, Flora Raffai discusses the answer to her question … Fee or free: Should charities charge beneficiaries fees for services? Read more

Start where we are

Start where we are

20 August 2018. A 15-year-old girl steps up – and out of school – and goes on strike. Thousands follow Greta Thunberg’s example, collectively shaming older generations for inaction or ineptitude in the face of climate crisis. For Thunberg, even Sweden, with its relatively ambitious carbon policies, is halfhearted and too little, too late[1]. DoingRead more

Rebuilding community through social innovation: a PLACE model

Rebuilding community through social innovation: a PLACE model

For centuries, residents of Fogo Island, Newfoundland relied on codfish as their primary economic resource. In 1992, the Canadian government announced a moratorium on cod fishing in the North Atlantic Ocean in an effort to replenish the dwindling stocks. The moratorium, however, created a catastrophe of unemployment, forcing many Fogo Islanders who relied on thisRead more

Critical friends on researching crime and crime fighting – podcast

Critical friends on researching crime and crime fighting – podcast

The Amongst Critical Friends podcast series is a place for critical reflection. In this edition, we discuss the work of three academics who research organised crime and crime fighting. We ask business management professor Roberto Vona, gender equality expert Dr Lilia Giugni and police researcher Laura Gutierrez how they gain more understanding of organised crime and in which waysRead more

Men and #MeToo – podcast

Men and #MeToo – podcast

This podcast discusses ways in which men and boys can contribute to the struggle towards a more gender equal world in the wake of #MeToo. At the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, we invite change makers in business, civil society, policy and academia to talk about their work, their ideas and their motivation to strive towards toRead more

Rap therapy for London youth

Rap therapy for London youth

Rapper Bhishma Asare has set up Rap Therapy, a social venture which teaches young people to be creative and positively express themselves through rap. In this blog, he explains how Rap Therapy started, how it helps youth in South London and the challenges he faces in increasing the initiative’s impact. With a significant rise ofRead more

Critical friends on rebuilding trust – podcast

Critical friends on rebuilding trust – podcast

This podcast series is a place for critical reflection. We invite change makers in business, civil society, policy and academia to the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation to talk about their work, their ideas and their motivation to strive towards to a more just and sustainable world. Critical friends As good intentions alone are notRead more

Rebuilding trust in business and technology

Rebuilding trust in business and technology

In this opinion piece, Fellow of Social Innovation Noa Gafni shares her view on the global decline in trust and how to rebuild this. Trust in the system has decreased in recent years, stimulated by the rise of exponential technologies. Radical transparency has exposed rising inequality and corruption. Social media feeds have been fuelling theRead more

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