What value holding companies in the social sectors? Free capital flows and conglomerates.

The news that Google is reorganising as a holding company called Alphabet didn’t surprise me. Google has long existed in an untraditional strategic form with business interests as diverse as driverless cars and search to venture capital and the provision of wifi. Certainly in branding terms, if not governance, the single company model was starting … Continue reading What value holding companies in the social sectors? Free capital flows and conglomerates.

The Best of the Blogs: Part 3 of 3 – Dan Gregory

Three blogs that I’ve particularly enjoyed over the past year are Toby Blume’s, David Floyd’s and Dan Gregory’s. They’re quite active bloggers though so it’s hard to go through their back catalogue. So for those keen to dive into current social sector debates, I’ve pulled out some highlights. Third up, Dan Gregory – Common Capital … Continue reading The Best of the Blogs: Part 3 of 3 – Dan Gregory

The Dust Settles but the Winds of Change Still Blow: Funders and the Social Sectors

After posting some analysis of his survey, a few thoughts of my own on Jake Hayman’s blog entitled Not Fit For Purpose: Why I’m Done With the Foundation World. Firstly, I don’t think Jake was overdoing it in what he said. I don’t mind calling a spade a spade to get a debate going so, … Continue reading The Dust Settles but the Winds of Change Still Blow: Funders and the Social Sectors

Thoughts in Development: Where has all the talent gone? A debate about social sector talent and inequality

Thanks to my colleagues Sara Fernandez and Robbie Semple especially for comments on this. Its errors and length remain of course my own fault. The social sectors – by which I mean those that explicitly aim to make a positive difference in the world around them – should have a lock down on good talent. … Continue reading Thoughts in Development: Where has all the talent gone? A debate about social sector talent and inequality

The Best of the Blogs: Part 2 of 3 – David Floyd

Three blogs that I’ve particularly enjoyed over the past year are Toby Blume’s, David Floyd’s and Dan Gregory’s. They’re quite active bloggers though so it’s hard to go through their back catalogue. So for those keen to dive into current social sector debates, I’ve pulled out some highlights. Second up, David Floyd – Beanbags and … Continue reading The Best of the Blogs: Part 2 of 3 – David Floyd

The Best of the Blogs: Part 1 of 3 – Toby Blume

Three blogs that I’ve particularly enjoyed over the past year are Toby Blume’s, David Floyd’s and Dan Gregory’s. They’re quite active bloggers though so it’s hard to go through their back catalogue. So for those keen to dive into current social sector debates, I’ve pulled out some highlights. First up, Toby Blume – Random Musings … Continue reading The Best of the Blogs: Part 1 of 3 – Toby Blume

A short contribution about talent to the Alternative Commission on Social Investment

This is included in the (highly recommended) report of the Alternative Commission on Social Investment, published last week The ideas are explore in more depth in the piece on If social sector funders were actually like Venture Capitalists Some of this generalises, perhaps at times unfairly, but the key issue is the talents and skills … Continue reading A short contribution about talent to the Alternative Commission on Social Investment