The tragedy of global youth unemployment

The tragedy of global youth unemployment

The stark numbers In December 2014, 21.4 per cent of the European people under 25 that were able to work, and were actively looking for work, remained unemployed[1]. The gravity of the youth’s problem becomes particularly clear when we compare this number with the 9.9 per cent overall unemployment rate. Young people often lack theRead more

Force for good: can profit and social change mix?

Force for good: can profit and social change mix?

I’ve been reflecting on an interesting seminar on social ventures by Cambridge Judge Business School’s Centre for Social Innovation I recently attended. Neil Stott and Paul Tracey argued that the legal construct of a venture should be irrelevant, and that it was the organisation’s ability to bring about social change that mattered. Time constraints preventedRead more

Clones and bad ideas

Clones and bad ideas

The Play-Doh factory Remember Play-Doh? If not, Play-Doh is a children’s modelling clay used for arts and crafts projects. It is composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oil. First manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio USA in the 1930s, Play-Doh was repurposed from a failed attempt at wallpaper cleaner. I love Play-Doh. As aRead more

Catalysts for change

Catalysts for change

Working with young women as they enter their teenage years, in any society, is of paramount importance and key to impacting on wider issues such as economic development. Young women often have the least access to education, the lowest self-esteem and are most vulnerable to issues around abuse and exploitation compared to young men ofRead more

B Corp power!

B Corp power!

What started as a way to formalise social enterprise in the United States has become a global movement. It’s a model where business is used a vehicle to “Be the Change.” I’m referring to the B Corp model. B Corps hold profit and mission as equals and measure their impact based on community, governance, workersRead more

Incubating social ventures in Cambridge

Incubating social ventures in Cambridge

Cambridge Social Ventures was launched in spring 2014 and ran two Social Venture Weekends at the Cambridge Judge Business School which attracted 120 delegates and 25 ventures were selected to receive up to a further 12 months support. Solving social problems through business methodology All of the ventures are trying to solve a social problemRead more

Curing supply chain pains with certified gains

Curing supply chain pains with certified gains

A changed agenda Concern for the environment, equitable pay for suppliers and welfare of employees are no longer afterthoughts to doing business; they are becoming integral to doing business across the public, not for profit and corporate worlds. Surprisingly, recent investigations of the Dark Net have revealed that even the world of hard drugs hasRead more

Welcome to the ‘Values Revolution’

Welcome to the ‘Values Revolution’

People increasingly expect all aspects of their lives – from their careers to their purchasing decisions and the way they spend their spare time – to have a positive impact on the world. This is not a trend. It’s a profound societal shift in thinking. It is happening everywhere. We call this the Values Revolution.Read more

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