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. Second up, David Floyd – Beanbags and … Continue reading The Best of the Blogs: Part 2 of 3 – David Floyd
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
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
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
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