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 points… Read 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, and… Read 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 can… Read more

Gains or pains? Natural capital – and how to use it

Gains or pains? Natural capital – and how to use it

‘Business is often unaware of its true reliance on nature… The new model for business seeks to integrate the real value of nature into its thinking’ – UK Government Ecosystem Markets Taskforce, Realising nature’s value Nearly all businesses rely on natural capital in some form, yet its importance to business performance is often routinely under-appreciated… Read more

Can governments cope with the sea change ahead?

Can governments cope with the sea change ahead?

‘Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is’ ― Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea The World Government Summit recently took place in Dubai on 8-10 February. The public sector today faces seismic changes and outright threats from the role of… Read more

How will I pay for my old age – and yours?

How will I pay for my old age – and yours?

When The Who sang ‘I hope I die before I get old…’ it probably wasn’t a commentary on the care system in 1965 – but it might find a real echo today. The collapse of the £800 million social care contract covering Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has thrown into stark relief the issues relating to how… Read more

Will tech platforms harm or help us in emergencies? When unicorns meet circuit breakers

Will tech platforms harm or help us in emergencies? When unicorns meet circuit breakers

When disaster hits, unicorns – the world’s leading tech platforms – can decide about life and death. Social circuit breakers could ensure that they take us out of the line of fire. People love unicorns. Until they hate them. Under normal circumstances, we admire these mythical creatures that can seemingly defy gravity and prevent danger.… Read more

The rise of social extrapreneurship?

The rise of social extrapreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is all the rage. Delivering social impact through enterprise is lauded by politicians, policy makers and practitioners. Not only should you do well, you should do good as well. It is a message that resonates with many aspiring entrepreneurs as well as social organisations looking to make more impact or strapped for cash… Read more

The rise of furniture poverty

The rise of furniture poverty

Could you live without your bed? Absolutely not! Yet here in the UK, children and adults are suffering as a result of ‘Furniture Poverty’. The low income debt crisis With a large proportion of society on low incomes which have not risen since 2007-2008, affording to live is getting increasingly harder. Many families find themselves… Read more

Syrian refugees and the need for English language training

Syrian refugees and the need for English language training

Faced with the unprecedented stream of migrants fleeing war and trauma in the Middle East and North Africa, Europe needs to take clear-sighted action. For its part, the UK has agreed to take 20,000 refugees, a significant portion of whom will likely be children and orphans according to reports[1]. One key aspect in ensuring their… Read more