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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 1 February 2012 - 8:09pm

As we continue to explore reverse innovation in health and health care, we talked with Donika Dimovska and Rose Reis at the Center for Health Market Innovations about their new report, Highlights: 2011. The report offers insights into market-based health programs, including: ...more

  • Five health models emerging around the world during the past decade.
  • Six ways enterprises, NGOs, and others can mobilize private providers to deliver better care through franchising, high-volume specialty hospitals, and other commercial models.
  • Five approaches to expand access and give purchasing power to the poor, including government insurance programs, contracting with the private sector, and mHealth savings.
  • An analysis of how information technology can be effectively utilized in health care, presenting six key
On 1 February 2012 - 6:05pm

Money can’t buy happiness.  Sometimes we forget this.  Remember, it was the Beatles who brought this up through their songs. They had powerful messages which made us think.  So the next time you are enjoying one of their songs, remember, too, their life advice. Money can’t buy happiness.

Strong relationships do.  Working at something you love can bring it.  Spending time with those you respect does. Adhering to your values does.   Relationships, sincere work, people and values bring you happiness.  Focus on those four areas, and not only will you have happiness, but the money will come.  You’ll be doing what you love to do, and that will surely be compensated.


Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 1 February 2012 - 5:50pm

Running all next week, from Monday 6th to Friday 10th Feb Aston University is hosting its Go Green week.

With eco-markets, alternative G8 talks (Rob Newman on ‘Capitalism or habitable planet’,  for instance), a bike sale, green campus guided walks, Jiri Rezac’s highly acclaimed photography exhibition, Tarnished Earth (sponsored by The Co-operative), and much, much more, this will be a week of events that anyone involved in any kind of eco-campaigning, enterprise or activism will want to be part of.

Visit the ...more

On 1 February 2012 - 12:34pm

Just read an article in the Financial Times about the new "employee owned" privatisation of the civil servants pension fund. As an exponent of worker co-ops and employee ownership should I be happy?


I have no personal problem moving the means of production from the state direct to the workers (this may well get a lot of bad comments from trade unions, but so be it).  I'm also in favour of experimenting with new models, innovation and the like.  


So I'm interested but also uneasy; there are elements of employee ownership, enough so that if the experiment fails employee ownership will get stained with that failure, Like the Tony Benn's worker co-ops of the 70's, and privatisation of bus companies in the 80's.


But are there enough elements of employee ownership or "John Lewis-style mutual" in place so that this new entity Ministers are poised ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 31 January 2012 - 7:18pm

I love the 60s retro-chic of the Chamber of Commerce — mainly because I have a soft spot for its architect, the gloriously named John Hardcastle Dalton Madin, who died earlier this month.

Anyway, that’s really neither here nor there… I was at the Chamber to have breakfast with Vicki Fitzgerald, chief exec of Gateway Family Services, which is now based at the Chamber, and we were having an extremely interesting discussion about why blogs should be considered “proper work”, perhaps especially by CEOs who need to create a stronger profile for their organisation and a recognisable “public voice” for themselves.

Because the advent of blogging and tweeting and other social media really have changed expectations regarding what managers and leaders will do to raise the profile of their organisations and get clear, strong messages out ...more

On 31 January 2012 - 6:05pm

A person is fully human “when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul.  Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; joy is the uproarious labor by which all things live.”

G.K. Chesteron certainly let us know what we need to focus on: joy.  And what a life force it is!  We don’t realize how much our thoughts impact us, our minds, our actions, our responses.  And therefore how it affects others’ minds, actions, and responses. He also points to the vapidness of negative thinking. What can it do, how can it build?  It only tears down. And so we should, as best as possible, obliterate it from thought.

We can contribute so much in this world.  It starts with our thoughts; it starts right now; and that joy can carry us to an entirely different level of harmonious living.

Thank you to ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 31 January 2012 - 4:46pm

I’ve just noticed (from Pauline Roche’s LinkedIn feed) that civil society minister Nick Hurd is tweeting about SE business support. He wants to hear from “people who know what they’re talking about”.

He asks (amongst other things):

  • What would a really effective network of support for SE start-ups look like?
  • Do the mainstream business support networks add any value to SE start-ups?
  • Looking for really brilliant examples of SE business support preferably led by social entrepreneurs…

Who knows — I may even break my own self-imposed Twitter embargo to reply….

In fact, I’m writing something even as we speak, but it probably won’t be tweeted — that would be a step too far…


Posted By Charity Bank Blog
On 31 January 2012 - 4:21pm

There are many of us who try hard to do the right thing.  We may buy Fairtrade food, worry about our carbon footprint and recycle our packaging.  Yet most of us have not the slightest idea what our money is doing when we aren’t spending it. For the majority of us with accounts in high [...] ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 31 January 2012 - 2:59pm

Third Sector Online carries an interesting story today. It claims that an unnamed voluntary sector source has said that at least one private sector company has been shortlisted to administer a new Big Lottery programme called ‘Assist’, aimed at helping infrastructure providers to become more effective.

Third Sector Online’s source said this raised concerns about lottery money being used to help private sector companies sell services to the voluntary sector.

The fund was announced in December last year and although it was mentioned in the Big Lottery’s discussion paperBuilding capabilities for legacy and impact (currently out for ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 31 January 2012 - 10:53am

On holiday , that is ? I am away for a week's break in Cyprus. The hound is holidaying in Bromley with sister Sara. The question is do I turn off the blackberry? Ignore all emails? Not take calls? It is a question many CEOs ask when they go away. Of course I'm sure ACEVO will manage most effectively without me , but I'm addicted to my blackberry. Love looking at my emails. Doing my blog ( as I am now sitting on a balcony looking at the Mediterranean ). And armed with my iPad I can even listen to the Today programme and catch on the Archers. Sad but true.

And my ever energetic Director Filippo Adarrii has even contacted 3 civil society leaders here to meet me. But I'm not complaining. It will be interesting to meet them and here about the state of the sector in the island. One of them is planning a major conference on social enterprise and wants our support , which they will get.

But that's enough. I'm off on the bus into Larnaca. There is a famous church here, St ...more