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
Dan’s summarises what his blog is about as follows:
“First, for too long, most people (and our politics) have simply distinguished between public and private – or state vs. the market. This is narrow-minded, rather unimaginative, boring and frankly, antisocial. Various forms of common ownership deserve greater attention and consideration, if only to balance things up a little.
Second, for these mutual and social enterprises, too much focus has often been on short-term revenue, income or funding. Let us also think a little about finance, investment or capital.
So, Common Capital…”
He mostly produces short but very insightful pieces, some of the ideas fleshed out in the Alternative Commission on Social Investment of which he was one of the lead authors:
First, lest we take ourselves too seriously, some insight laced with good humour:
There is lots of commentary at the moment that the social investment sector will currently struggle, with high transaction costs, to provide financing of small amounts – <£250,000. Here’s a nice take on things from Dan:
This short piece quite aptly summarises the analysis for a question that centres on “why isn’t more money getting to the places that need it”:
On some subtle but essential shifts in the social investment landscape:
And some more interesting pieces: