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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

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

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

Emily Dunning: a social innovation journey Part II

Emily Dunning: a social innovation journey Part II

I have just returned from my six month trip overseas investigating sustainability initiatives, which involved travelling overland from the UK to Hong Kong via the Trans-Mongolian Express and then onto Japan and New Zealand. Here is some the learning I gained along the way. At the risk of sounding clichéd, travelling really does re-instil the… Read more

Social innovation and the crisis of national inequality

Social innovation and the crisis of national inequality

Can anything really be done about the fundamentals of social mobility and inequality? After reading ‘Poverty Tsar’ Alan Milburn’s recent ‘State of the Nation Report 2014’ (the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission, 20 October) I am pessimistic. It documents in painful detail the attempts of the last 20 years to tackle child poverty in… Read more

This time is different? Think again.

This time is different? Think again.

Why history is still the greatest teacher when it comes to tackling social transformations. Apparently this time is different. Changes in technology or society are marshalled to explain why our generation faces uniquely testing times. Be it the digital economy, the weakening of the nation-state, or the redefinition of the family – all are apparently… Read more

Emily Dunning: a social innovation journey

Emily Dunning: a social innovation journey

Before embarking on her epic journey of discovery, Emily was Manager of Cambridge Hub which supports student led action. I have embarked on a trip that will take me halfway around the world, visiting places along the way and meeting with people innovating towards environmental sustainability. Both my journey and the new Centre for Social… Read more