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.
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 data this is based on (very flawed) and that needs improving can be found here. Ah, the election finally arrives and so I’m reflecting on what it was like five years ago as a new government arrived. I was fresh out of university and boy the world was an exciting place. Social Investment, Big … Continue reading Some questions and data mining on social sector incubators
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
Last week Jake Hayman posted a blog entitled Not Fit For Purpose: Why I’m Done With the Foundation World and caused, by voluntary sector standards, quite a storm. For a blog that Jake says gets about 6 hits a day, he’s had about 4,000 in the last week, from the UK and abroad. The piece … Continue reading Survey Analysis from Jake Hayman’s Blog about the Foundation World
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
I often wonder whether the most frustrating/challenging thing about working in the charity/nonprofit sector is a sense, so often, that the fruits of your labours are all too likely to be wasted. That something that you might have worked on for a number of months, or perhaps even years, will fail, fade away and be … Continue reading Thoughts in Development: On Progress in the social sectors