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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Social enterprise mistakes – If no one else is doing it, it must be a great idea

Date: | Posted by: David Floyd

Date: March 11 2014

Posted by: David Floyd

  Most social entrepreneurs think their social venture is unique. In fact, it seems like numbers of social entrepreneurs who promote their venture on the basis that ‘no else is doing this’ vastly exceed the numbers promote their venture on the basis that it’s really good. This may be partly due to the funding climate… → Read More

Social Enterprise Mistakes: If you build it they will come

Date: | Posted by: David Floyd

Date: November 15 2013

Posted by: David Floyd

As social entrepreneurs, we know that our social venture is exactly what’s needed to change the world (or, at least, a bit of it). We know that, for example, our innovative scheme to tackle youth unemployment through a disruptive combination of skateboarding and environmental action is what unemployed younger people want. On that basis, it… → Read More

Social Enterprise Mistakes: Worrying That Someone Will Steal Your Idea

Date: | Posted by: David Floyd

Date: October 08 2013

Posted by: David Floyd

When meeting social entrepreneurs, and others running small voluntary organisations that are developing new projects, I come across a sizable minority who are reluctant to tell people about what they’re trying to do because they’re worried that someone will steal their idea and do the project themselves. This is not an irrational fear. In any… → Read More

Getting it together

Date: | Posted by: David Floyd

Date: September 05 2013

Posted by: David Floyd

A hard hitting assessment on how and where social ventures fail to work in partnership and collaboration effectively. Partnership and collaboration are popular ideas in the world of social enterprise. Everyone wants organisations to work together to do things better and, so the theory goes, social organisations should be keener to work together and better… → Read More

Measuring Up: The hidden implication of the Social Value Act

Date: | Posted by: David Floyd

Date: August 14 2013

Posted by: David Floyd

Everyone’s been talking about the Social Value Act, from the biggest public authorities to the smallest social ventures. In the social enterprise world, there’s a lot of hope, anxiety and scepticism around the Act. Will it give social ventures a noticable edge when competing for procurement bids? Or does the vagueness of the legislation make… → Read More

The crowd are on the pitch

Date: | Posted by: David Floyd

Date: June 28 2013

Posted by: David Floyd

There’s never been a better time to start a social venture in the UK. UnLtd and the School for Social Entrepreneurs are just two of the organisations offering small amounts of cash and significant amounts of support to help us get up and running. If you run one of the 7 or 8 existing social ventures in… → Read More

Women in the Boardroom: The facts and figures for social enterprise

Date: | Posted by: David Floyd

Date: June 10 2013

Posted by: David Floyd

“We need to ensure that at every stage of a woman’s career she has the opportunity to learn skills, develop and contribute in a dynamic business environment.” That’s the verdict of Ruby McGregor-Smith, chair of the Women’s Business Council, in the foreword to a new report “Maximising women’s contribution to economic growth” – commissioned by… → Read More