Fads, fashions and community-based organisation

Fads, fashions and community-based organisation

We have witnessed numerous big ideas on community, regeneration, and place come and go with mixed and frequently transitory impact. The notion of the Big Society is the latest in a long line of such initiatives. From the point of view of community enterprises and other third sector organisations, the Big Society – like many… Read more

This time is different? Think again.

This time is different? Think again.

Why history is still the greatest teacher when it comes to tackling social transformations. Apparently this time is different. Changes in technology or society are marshalled to explain why our generation faces uniquely testing times. Be it the digital economy, the weakening of the nation-state, or the redefinition of the family – all are apparently… Read more

Inside the fish bowl

Inside the fish bowl

Neil Stott’s defence of Public Sector innovation is a provocation for those of us attempting to work on complex issues from within. Adaptability, risk taking and innovation are not the words that spring to mind when thinking about big bureaucracies. Rather than lamenting the qualities of bureaucracies that aren’t designed to be risk taking and… Read more

Public sector intraprenurship: overcoming bureaucratic immune systems

Public sector intraprenurship: overcoming bureaucratic immune systems

In a massive public bureaucracy like the US Military, what is intraprenurship and is it possible? Intraprenurship is a leadership style that integrates risk-taking and innovation approaches, as well as the reward and motivational techniques that are more traditionally thought of as being the province of entrepreneurship. Bureaucracy needs intrapreneurs Large organisations need intrapreneurs to… Read 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 of… Read 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. And… Read more

Emily Dunning: a social innovation journey

Emily Dunning: a social innovation journey

Before embarking on her epic journey of discovery, Emily was Manager of Cambridge Hub which supports student led action. I have embarked on a trip that will take me halfway around the world, visiting places along the way and meeting with people innovating towards environmental sustainability. Both my journey and the new Centre for Social… Read more