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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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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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Why our social enterprise tour to India will be different

  I’m starting this post with a long quote from Michael Hobbes in New Republic. His essay is a must read for anyone interested in International Development (including international social enterprise development). This quote, for me, is about the problems … Continue reading

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Philanthropy, divestment, and a holistic economy

I’ve been uneasy for a long time about the way we glamourise entrepreneurs who make bucket loads of money and then give it away (however generously) via philanthropy. Before we celebrate them we need to ask ourselves how their fortunes … Continue reading

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Dear Mum …

This week I wrote this letter to my Mum in England to accompany the clipping below from the local paper (yep, she doesn’t email, tweet, facebook, or instagram so our communications are via landlines or the trusty pen and paper) … Continue reading

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Tony Benn gone but not forgotten

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I’m a community developer at heart

I was googling for some info on community development definitions for  a piece I’m writing elsewhere and came across Jim Ife’s wonderful work, coincidentally I had just lent Jim’s book to a social work student on placement at Sandbag yesterday.  … Continue reading

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