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.

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

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