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Early Entry Deadline & #SocEntChat about Innovations for Health: Solutions that Cross Borders
Do you have an opinion about what health care models might work in more than one country? Are you interested in what kinds of health care challenges are shared by communities around the world? Join Ashoka Changemakers on December 12, 2011, for a global #SocEntChat about Innovations for Health.
Join @changemakers from 2 to 4 p.m. EST to participate in a Twitter-based discussion with innovators, social entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts about health care solutions that have the potential to be applied in other countries in order to improve health and health ...more
During 2011 we at Stepping Out have helped 25 leaders to cross the aisle from the public to the third sector, and their stories have inspired me to write a new book, published this week. How to Step Out’ is a guidebook for people in the public sector who want to take their service out as a mutual organisation or social enterprise.
What can be learned from these freshly-minted converts? Three things stand out. The first is that they have come into the third sector, with all its uncertainties, because of the unique freedom it offers: freedom from the senseless bureaucracy and brutal top-down management of the public sector: and freedom from its alternative - the hollow profit-grind of the private sector. For all of them, joining the third sector is like breathing mountain air after years of choking industrial smog. In the words of one of the newly liberated: “We are free – you cannot believe the energy and value this unleashes”.
The second bit of learning from ...more
Don’t ever give this up. Your Humble Will. It’s your commitment to persevere.
Business models will change and do change. Systems change, marketplaces change, technology changes.
But your Humble Will to persevere cannot. Your organization relies on it; your team must know it. And you must found this commitment to persevere deeply within your soul and daily execution.
Please note I add “humble will.” It’s a listening commitment, a listening perseverance. You can’t just can’t just bulldoze ahead….. You have to be in touch with your marketplace, sector, clients, board, partners, team in order to know the best way to go, each moment, each day. And that takes humble listening.
Don’t ever give up your Humble Will to persevere.
Is mutualisation a word?
I have been responsible for the odd bit of cringe-worthy damage to the English language over the years – removing the space between fair and trade in the launch of the ‘Fairtrade’ mark in the early 1990s was one and helping with others to bring the ugly duckling term ‘co-production’ to the UK was another. I am not sure Henrietta Moore and I used the term ‘mutualisation’ in the report we wrote for the New Economics Foundation over a decade ago, The Mutual State, although I think the think tank Demos then did. But the word seems now to be official.
The Cabinet Office has launched a mutualisation advice line today that we are making an input into. Luckily, it isn’t about jargon, but about practical guidance for those with an interest in mutual models for public services. Alongside this is an evidence paper, led by Henrietta’s former (LSE) colleague Professor Julian LeGrand.
There is still ...more
This is a break from my usual thoughts on the world of social enterprise – though not entirely disconnected. My social enterprise, Social Spider CIC, is launching a new publication today. It’s called Better Mental Health in a Bigger Society? and it’s published by mental health umbrella organisation, Mental Health Providers Forum. If you’d like to read it, it’s available for download here.