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 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?

How to choose the right form of legal structure for your charity or social enterprise

At Hub Ventures and Student Hubs we are often asked to advise students and recent graduates about legal structures for any new charity or social enterprise they are creating. What the pros and cons of each structure might be, the process involved, and perhaps even if they need a legal structure at all. We wanted … Continue reading How to choose the right form of legal structure for your charity or social enterprise

System shake-up needed to spark student social action

This blog first published at Pioneers Post. New research published by Student Hubs finds that action is needed in order to increase the number of young people engaging in social action projects. Adam O’Boyle, co-founder of Student Hubs and social enterprise restaurant Turl Street Kitchen, summarises the key findings in the Students, Volunteering and Social Action in … Continue reading System shake-up needed to spark student social action

History lessons that will inspire the future of our sector

This first published on the Student Hubs blog. Today, we are proud to be sponsoring the launch of a new study into the history of our sector: Dr. Georgina Brewis’ century-spanning A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980. In this blog you can see a few of the images which illustrate the diversity … Continue reading History lessons that will inspire the future of our sector