Want to become a social entrepreneur? The University of Cambridge has you covered!

Want to become a social entrepreneur? The University of Cambridge has you covered!

You are bold, ambitious and determined. As a student at the University of Cambridge you also dream of becoming a social entrepreneur, someone who innovates to create economic as well as social and/or environmental benefits. Fear not, Cambridge has many resources available to support you in this entrepreneurial journey. Just one year ago I commenced my… Read more

Building ethical cultures by hiring those who voice

Building ethical cultures by hiring those who voice

In today’s business, it is crucial that companies are known as having the right values and the willingness to pursue them no matter what the cost is. Being a determined value-driven organisation makes customers and other stakeholders trust you. Unfortunately, like people, organisations do not always act in rational ways and mistakes are made that… Read more

Gender as we know it: rethinking (in)equality in the workplace

Gender as we know it: rethinking (in)equality in the workplace

It is no mystery that the private sector can be an extremely gendered working environment.   From glass ceilings (invisible barriers preventing women from achieving high profile positions) to the perhaps lesser-known glass cliffs (leadership positions becoming available only when attached to great risks and high chances of failure), gender inequality is a very tangible,… Read more

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 high… Read 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 held… Read 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 balance… Read 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 dedicated… Read 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 others… Read more