Tag Archives: social impact

Socially innovating the waste crisis

Socially innovating the waste crisis

Written by Klaus Oberbauer, MSt in Social Innovation alumnus and Programme Manager of Ocean Plastic Prevention, SecondMuse. Indonesia’s collaborative communities At SecondMuse, we build resilient economies in which all people and communities are able to contribute, benefit, and when faced with hardship, recover quickly. We thrive on community-building and seek to champion as many entrepreneurs… 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

Impact through Engagement

Impact through Engagement

The Impact through Engagement series[1] is a collection of films about the work of social science and economics researchers from the University of Cambridge. The films focus on how the researchers achieve impact through their engagement with non-academic partners. Dr Neil Stott and Dr Michelle Fava, from the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation, discuss why… 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

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

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

Welcome to the ‘Values Revolution’

Welcome to the ‘Values Revolution’

People increasingly expect all aspects of their lives – from their careers to their purchasing decisions and the way they spend their spare time – to have a positive impact on the world. This is not a trend. It’s a profound societal shift in thinking. It is happening everywhere. We call this the Values Revolution.… Read more

Social impact beyond the investment exit period

Social impact beyond the investment exit period

Since the inception of the impact investing field the focus of practitioners and academics has primarily been on showing the rest of the world that so-called triple bottom line returns are in fact feasible and measurable in the long-term and that impact investments are in fact able to generate market-comparable financial returns. An ‘avalanche of… Read more