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

The Alternative Commission on Social Investment: 10 Key Recommendations for Social Sector Organisations

Last Friday, the Alternative Commission on Social Investment launched its recommendations into how we can improve the social investment market. Its foundation being that “while many individuals and organisations in the UK are successfully using finance to support social good, the idea of ‘social investment’ and the ‘social investment market’ are neither living up to … Continue reading The Alternative Commission on Social Investment: 10 Key Recommendations for Social Sector Organisations

Mismanaged by whom? A take on the BB Group’s failure and the social sectors own failings

I have had some very useful input into this blog from colleagues, funders, even ex-BB Group staff members. I am aware it presses a certain argument, that I think essential to have, but wouldn’t want this to be seen as too forceful critique of many of the players mentioned. Just a slightly different take on … Continue reading Mismanaged by whom? A take on the BB Group’s failure and the social sectors own failings

If social sector funders were actually like Venture Capitalists

Venture Philanthropy and Social Investment are popular and fashionable fields at the moment, two potential innovations in the social sectors which are hyped to revolutionise the way in which finance is directed towards tackling social and environmental issues. They aim to bring the most successful innovations of high finance to bear on social issues. They … Continue reading If social sector funders were actually like Venture Capitalists

The future of social action in universities: what can we learn from student leaders?

This first published on the Student Hubs and iwill blogs. Generation selfie is dead; long live the millennials. A ‘values revolution’ is being driven by young people who value purpose over pay cheque. Then again, this is actually nothing new:  over the last 100 years, the level of student social action has remained level at around … Continue reading The future of social action in universities: what can we learn from student leaders?

Growing, not scaling: Realising the mountain isn’t a molehill

In all conversations about social innovation, scale is a topic that is never far from people’s lips. But it remains ever intangible. In an age in which companies like Google and Facebook can rise from nothing in only a few years to be masters of the universe, the social sectors struggle to get anything to … Continue reading Growing, not scaling: Realising the mountain isn’t a molehill