How you enter social enterprise matters

How you enter social enterprise matters

In many aspects of life where we come from influences where we go next. This also applies to social entrepreneurs: how they transition into social enterprise can play a big role. This blog explores how different starting points matter for the development of social enterprises. Together with Professor Paul Tracey and Reader Neil Stott from… Read more

Social intrapreneurship – doing good from the inside out

Social intrapreneurship – doing good from the inside out

An interview with Asrif Yusoff, the head of business venture management at a leading energy company and a part-time student at the Cambridge Judge Business School, on leading social innovation within a corporation. You hold an MBA from Imperial College, a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University, and you are currently pursuing a… Read more

Rap about Cambridge Social Ventures Weekend

Rap about Cambridge Social Ventures Weekend

More than 700 social entrepreneurs have come to one of our Social Venture Weekends since 2014… but this is the first time anyone’s been inspired to rap about us! On a sunny weekend this summer, 50 budding social entrepreneurs joined us for the 14th Social Venture Weekend, a three-day workshop at Cambridge Judge Business School… Read more

Social entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring

Social entrepreneurship after the Arab Spring

In 2011, hopes of a “new Egypt” inspired mass protests in Cairo which led to the resignation of President Mubarak. Seven years later, the regime change did not bring the social change people hoped for. Egypt is facing a number of straggling social problems, including 34.4 per cent youth unemployment, 27.8 per cent of the population living… Read more

Sparking creativity: social innovation drives a better world and better business

Social innovation sparks creativity

Creativity, or ‘the production of novel and useful ideas in any domain’[1] is widely recognised as a source of competitive advantage when delivered as innovation in business. Many businesses try to encourage lateral thinking, in the knowledge that exposure to new, different and interesting provocation can enhance creativity. But are there particular types of stimulus… Read more

How senior leaders sustain social and business objectives simultaneously

Sustaining social and business objectives simultaneously

To achieve social and business objectives, leaders need to build guardrails and adopt paradoxical frames, argue Wendy Smith and Marya Besharov in this blog based on their research on a leading social enterprise. As our world cries out for repair, organisations have responded. For-profit businesses are adopting socially responsible programs and practices. Nonprofit organisations are… Read more

Five lessons learned in entrepreneurship for development

Entrepreneurship for development

This blog explores an interesting, yet contentious example of an organisation promoting an entrepreneurship-initiative for rural development. It highlights the difficulties of introducing a set of Western market-practices into a non-Western context – namely Tanzania. Economic development in rural Tanzania may be key to alleviating the negative consequences of rapid urbanisation and to addressing the… Read more

Reclaiming symbols and spaces: social innovation made in (Southern) Italy

Reclaiming symbols and spaces: social innovation made in (Southern) Italy

Students of social innovation[1] know only too well the power of symbols and stories. Those who look for innovative solutions to complex, wicked social problems face, first, the challenge of conceptualising and clearly explaining to others the very social evil they are trying to address. This is usually no trivial matter: the way we consider… Read more

Owning the future of work

Owning the future of work

A lot is written about the millennial generation in the press. Maybe that they are narcissists and buy too much avocado on toast, or that they have the attention span of a goldfish and are addicted to social media. Invariably these opinions are put forward by people with a very selective knowledge of the issues… Read more