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Can Hong Kong’s private sector be the socially innovative changemaker needed to solve social and environmental challenges?

Can Hong Kong’s private sector be the socially innovative changemaker needed to solve social and environmental challenges?

Written by Yenson She, a graduate of the Cambridge Judge Business School MBA (2014-2015) The opportunities and challenges  We should ask how the how Hong Kong’s private sector can further their efforts in solving social and environmental challenges, not only as a ‘responsibility’ per se, but as their company vision and strategy. There is much… Read more

Māori and social innovations in response to COVID-19

Māori and social innovations in response to COVID-19

Indigenous people and the pandemic Written by Dr Ella Henry, Associate Professor and Director of Māori Advancement, Auckland University of Technology School of Business, Economics and Law – Aotearoa New Zealand; and Associate Research Fellow, Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. COVID-19 has impacted on vulnerable populations around the world, particularly Black, Indigenous, and People of… Read more

The Social Innovation Think Tank: Reimagining Capitalism?

The Social Innovation Think Tank: Reimagining Capitalism?

The Social Innovation Think Tank The Social Innovation Think Tank series explores the power of social innovation in the modern world; sharing its necessity and capacity to challenge the status quo. The monthly series is hosted by Dr Neil Stott and Professor Paul Tracey, co-directors of the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. They interview academics… 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

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

Clones and bad ideas

Clones and bad ideas

The Play-Doh factory Remember Play-Doh? If not, Play-Doh is a children’s modelling clay used for arts and crafts projects. It is composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid and mineral oil. First manufactured in Cincinnati, Ohio USA in the 1930s, Play-Doh was repurposed from a failed attempt at wallpaper cleaner. I love Play-Doh. As a… 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 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