Author Archives: Neil Stott

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

The rise of social extrapreneurship?

The rise of social extrapreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is all the rage. Delivering social impact through enterprise is lauded by politicians, policy makers and practitioners. Not only should you do well, you should do good as well. It is a message that resonates with many aspiring entrepreneurs as well as social organisations looking to make more impact or strapped for cashRead more

No problem here…..

No problem here…..

When issues of women rising to leadership positions arise within organisations there is much squirming in the seats by senior managers (male and female) who invariably believe (or at least articulate) there is no problem here as ability always trumps gender. Since the term ‘glass ceiling’ was coined in 1984 to illustrate the invisible yetRead more

Making social change

Making social change

Making a difference to society is a noble aim, and leaders shouldn’t be put off by a few bumps along the way. If my experience in social innovation has taught me anything, it’s that making social change is not for the faint-hearted. Making a difference and achieving change requires stamina and resilience as well asRead more

Public sector dinosaur?

Public sector dinosaur?

In the second part of his blog, Neil Stott, Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust and Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School, says the public sector could play a key role in encouraging enterprise. When you read about entrepreneurship and innovation, it is easy to become captivated by stories ofRead more

Public enterprise

Public enterprise

The public sector doesn’t always get great press but, says Neil Stott, Chief Executive of Keystone Development Trust and Executive Director, Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge Business School, it just might surprise you. Bureaucratic. Risk averse. Wasteful. Sometimes it seems no one has a good word to say about the public sector. AndRead more

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