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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

Light at the end of the tunnel

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Date: September 13 2013

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Since the launch of the Coalition Government’s White Paper Equity and Excellence – Liberating the NHS, which became an Act of Parliament in March 2012, the NHS has been in an unprecedented state of flux. Yet as the dust of structural re-organisation begins to settle there would appear to be light at the end of… → Read More

Public Service Mutuals: Pathway to Innovation?

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Date: June 17 2013

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As an Ambassador for the Cabinet Offices Mutuals Programme, my role is to champion and support the growth of public service mutuals (PSMs) and link them to the Cabinet Office’s Mutuals Support Programme. For me the rationale of this role is simple. Mutuals can be a fantastic way to deliver innovation, efficiencies and outstanding outcomes… → Read More

Top Ten Tips for Pitching to Corporates

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Date: June 10 2013

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On Thursday 30th May the Ventures team at The Young Foundation hosted an Accelerator workshop for past, present and future Accelerator participants. The aim of the workshop was to provide each of the social entrepreneurs with the opportunity to use The Young Foundation Social Business Model Canvas as a framework to pitch to a range… → Read More

Top Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: Learn from Your Peers to Win Work

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Date: May 09 2013

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This is the third post in our Top Tips series on winning work from buyers and commissioners. (Never fear though; Top Tips will be back with lots more advice on other aspects of the business of social enterprise.) We’ve already talked about thinking logically and thinking creatively to win work. Now, we’d like to share… → Read More

Top Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: Think Creatively to Win Work

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Date: May 09 2013

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This is the second post in our Top Tips series to address strategies for winning work from buyers and commissioners. The last post addressed how to use your own common sense to attack the problem logically and pragmatically, drilling down to focus purely on your proposal. For this post, we’ll be looking at slightly more creative,… → Read More

Tops Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: Think Logically to Win Work

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Date: May 09 2013

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I’m often asked what the secret is to winning contracts and commissions. Of course there isn’t a magic bullet, but the solution we’ve found most effective is a mix of common-sense, imagination and drawing on the experience of others. This post, and the next two Top Tips posts will give three quite different but useful… → Read More

Top Tips for Social Entrepreneurs: Pitch Perfect

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Date: April 08 2013

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It is surprising how many times social entrepreneurs fail to follow the simple steps to a successful and powerful pitch. I am often left scratching my head and wondering why. When you pitch, social investors want solutions, not problems. If they wanted an education on the issue, they could read a report or join a… → Read More