Tag Archives: social innovation

The Social Ideas Podcast: Should charities charge fees for services?

The Social Ideas Podcast: Should charities charge fees for services?

Following the crisis, the charity sector experienced a significant fall in income but one area that bucked the trend was the ‘fees for services.’ In this episode, Flora Raffai discusses the answer to her question … Fee or free: Should charities charge beneficiaries fees for services? Read more

Critical friends on researching crime and crime fighting – podcast

Critical friends on researching crime and crime fighting – podcast

The Amongst Critical Friends podcast series is a place for critical reflection. In this edition, we discuss the work of three academics who research organised crime and crime fighting. We ask business management professor Roberto Vona, gender equality expert Dr Lilia Giugni and police researcher Laura Gutierrez how they gain more understanding of organised crime and in which ways… Read more

Rap therapy for London youth

Rap therapy for London youth

Rapper Bhishma Asare has set up Rap Therapy, a social venture which teaches young people to be creative and positively express themselves through rap. In this blog, he explains how Rap Therapy started, how it helps youth in South London and the challenges he faces in increasing the initiative’s impact. With a significant rise of… 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

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

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

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