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Social Enterprise of the Year – a reflection

It was 2 years ago this week that the social enterprise I was Director of, SEED, won the small Social Enterprise of the Year award. It was a mighty achievement for a community based enterprise to win this national award … Continue reading

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A return to Mutualism for Social Enterprise

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Social entrepreneurs have traditionally worked like this, creating mutual networks, using open source models, and working together collectively when called for. This is why and how NMG was formed, and then morphed into QSEC. Continue reading

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New Business Models in the Not for Profit Sector

There’s more consultants than you can shake a stick at in Not for Profit (NFP) sector telling us that we need to diversify our income streams, build new models, and drool over Social Impact Bonds (SIB’s). There’s a couple of … Continue reading

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Four Elements of Social Enterprise for Structural Change

Social enterprise can contribute to positive economic, structural change by modelling a new way of doing business; and I believe there’s four elements they must be practicing as part of a new model. Social enterprise and charity generally exist to … Continue reading

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Why are definitions of social enterprise important?

Here’s a quick blog post I wrote on LinkedIn: Why are definitions of social enterprise important? Why am I still interested in this debate ten years on from running my first social enterprise? These are the questions I asked myself … Continue reading

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Social Impact Data

At the social enterprise I lead we measure our social impact in a number of ways including some good old fashioned number crunching. Did you know that between July 2010 and July 2015 SEED employed 67 people, 47 (70%) of … Continue reading

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Community over competition

In the small suburb where I live, where the shopping strip is often referred to as the Village, there has recently been a disturbance in the usually harmonious business community. This has been caused by a pop-up coffee shop opening … Continue reading

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