The academy and everyday sexism: can we ‘undo’ gendered biases?

The academy and everyday sexism: can we ‘undo’ gendered biases?

To female students and faculty members alike, sexism in academia is often a big, uncomfortable elephant in the room. The problem is a complex and multifaceted one, but two aspects are particularly worthy of attention. The first concerns inclusivity and the actual access of women, as well as other historically discriminated against categories, to highRead more

Mentors: hindrance or help for entrepreneurs?

Mentors: hindrance or help for entrepreneurs?

Recently we noticed a blog from the well-established incubator programme Village Capital explaining why they no longer hold demo days. The author, Ross Baird, points out that “I’ve never seen an investor make an investment decision, ever, as a result of a pitch”. This statement is self-evidently true. And at Cambridge Social Ventures we have never heldRead more

Board assurance for charities – do we really know what we think we know?

Board assurance for charities – do we really know what we think we know?

Governance failures have made headlines repeatedly in recent years across all sectors of the economy, and charities have not escaped scandal with high profile cases attracting scrutiny and eroding public confidence. I work with a range of different organisations at board and management level, and a common problem for boards is finding the right balanceRead more

Facing up to the fourth industrial revolution

Facing up to the fourth industrial revolution

On 13 November the World Economic Forum (WEF) convened the latest meeting of its Global Future Councils in the lavish settings of a Dubai beach-side resort, and I joined as a newly elected Global Future Council Fellow. The Global Future Councils were created by the WEF to be “the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicatedRead more

Enterprising communities: bridging foreign and local realities

Enterprising communities: bridging foreign and local realities

‘The challenge is to learn to see things the other way round, to appreciate and grasp that other reality, of local people’ – Robert Chambers Empowering others to drive their own change This rationale has been at the forefront of community-based enterprise (CBE) initiatives around the globe. CBEs signal a move away from helping othersRead more

Attending to behaviour in organisations – the antidote to weariness?

Attending to behaviour in organisations – the antidote to weariness?

The fabulous team that I lead at Suffolk County Council is up for a national Behavioural Change Award next week. We focus on young people with disabilities. Perhaps unusually, we are taking a punt on being recognised for work that is deliberately invisible in organisations – the really subtle behavioural change that creates tipping pointsRead more

What ‘impact’ can also mean: 765 days of protest and resilience

What ‘impact’ can also mean: 765 days of protest and resilience

Image © BBOG ‘….it is the countless deeds of unknown people who lay the basis for the significant events that enter history’ ― Howard Zinn Laura Claus is a PhD Candidate at Cambridge Judge Business School working on topics around social movements and social innovation. As part of her research, she has traveled countries including Tanzania, Indonesia, andRead more

Reigniting Kenya’s mobile money revolution: this time in health

Reigniting Kenya’s mobile money revolution: this time in health

Since 2010, access to “the highest attainable standard of health” has been a constitutional right in Kenya. However, an estimated 80 per cent of Kenyans remain without access to quality medical coverage, indicating a massive discrepancy between theory and reality on ground. What are the major challenges that underpin such a discrepancy and what canRead more

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