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 has… Read 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

Embracing dissenters: why you need people who ask difficult questions

Embracing dissenters: why you need people who ask difficult questions

Dissent within organisations is not necessarily a bad thing as Colonel Bill De Marco (CJBS Fellow of Social Innovation) and Dr Ben Hardy (CJBS Fellow in Management, Finance & Physiology) argue in the blogs below; organisations need to embrace dissenters to ensure all the difficult questions are addressed, alternatives considered and to avoid groupthink. Bill:… Read more

The power of connections

The power of connections

Time and again I have come across stories and examples that show the importance of working with others, reaching out, collaborating, offering to put people in touch with each other – anything that helps to expand the links to get more happening and create that change we need, on the scale that we need it.… Read more

New legal structures for social enterprises

New legal structures for social enterprises

Fitting the misfit or just an empty promise? Social enterprises are a misfit. Neither simply for-profit, nor non-profit, they don’t belong in the existing legal categories of the NGOs or financial hunters of today’s world. Stuck in the middle of wanting to achieve both, earn profits and make a positive social impact at the same… Read 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 as… Read more

Social impact beyond the investment exit period

Social impact beyond the investment exit period

Since the inception of the impact investing field the focus of practitioners and academics has primarily been on showing the rest of the world that so-called triple bottom line returns are in fact feasible and measurable in the long-term and that impact investments are in fact able to generate market-comparable financial returns. An ‘avalanche of… Read more

Public sector spin-outs: innovative or chips off the old block?

Public sector spin-outs: innovative or chips off the old block?

I am living proof that social entrepreneurship is not always terribly glamorous. Most of my days are spent in featureless buildings owned by councils or the NHS, helping the services based there to set up as new ventures, or ‘spin-out’; often owned and controlled by staff but often some kind of joint-venture between employees, the… Read more

Social innovation and the crisis of national inequality

Social innovation and the crisis of national inequality

Can anything really be done about the fundamentals of social mobility and inequality? After reading ‘Poverty Tsar’ Alan Milburn’s recent ‘State of the Nation Report 2014’ (the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, 20 October) I am pessimistic. It documents in painful detail the attempts of the last 20 years to tackle child poverty in… Read more