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On 3 August 2011 - 8:34am

The results of information gathered from local authorities by campaign group False Economy on cuts to the voluntary and community sector attracted a lot of media attention yesterday. The news was filled with grim stories of local authorities cutting support to over 2,000 charities estimated to be in excess of £100m. False Economy compiled the data (which you can download for yourself) from over 200 responses to Freedom of Information requests they submitted. Well done to them for bringing such attention to what’s really happening on the ground in local areas.


We’ve known that for some time that charities were having their funding cut and much of this information is in the public domain, including a collaborative effort to ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 3 August 2011 - 1:00am

"The Independent" newspaper claims "Rehab Needs a Fix" and reports on the poor use by the Public Sector of Rehab Projects in the United Kingdom. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 3 August 2011 - 1:00am

"The Independent" newspaper claims "Rehab Needs a Fix" and reports on the poor use by the Public Sector of Rehab Projects in the United Kingdom. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 3 August 2011 - 12:00am

"The Independent" newspaper claims "Rehab Needs a Fix" and reports on the poor use by the Public Sector of Rehab Projects in the United Kingdom. ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 2 August 2011 - 10:45pm

An Interview with Scott Noppe-Brandon

It is often said that American economic competitiveness depends on our capacity to innovate. But how exactly can innovation be fostered in schools?

To answer this question, Scott Noppe-Brandon, executive director of Lincoln Center Institute and co-author of Imagination First: Unlocking the Power of Possibility, is leading a campaign prompting each of the 50 states to conduct Imagination Conversations. The Conversations are series of public panel discussions in which leaders representing a multitude of professional backgrounds discuss the role of imagination in their work and how to foster imagination in schools and communities.

Last week, after two years of Imagination Conversations across the United States, ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 2 August 2011 - 5:50pm

I have declared a love before for Nordic jazz and I have played more than once Ketil Bjornstad’s ‘Validation: Of Weeping’ over recent days.

This morning, I had a welcome message from my counterpart in Norway, addressed to co-operators in the UK, which I have pleasure in copying here:

“Dear friends,

Thank you ever so much to you and to the Co-operatives UK for your kind concern and warm greetings after the tragedy that hit us so brutally 22 July. It is still almost unbelievable, in fact even more now when we see the photos of all the 77 victims and learn to know more about each and every individual. Our thoughts go of course to the families of the victims, but also to those who survived the tragedy and have been in the middle of a nightmare that probably none of us is able to imagine.

Norway is a small country, and I think that many of us know, directly or indirectly, at least one family that has been hit by the tragedy.

However, it is good to ...more

On 2 August 2011 - 5:05pm

A year ago I was invited to the White House as one of 50 top social innovators.  We heard some practical and inspiring stories about leadership.  Many of them were from the grassroots team which had helped President Obama get elected.

I want to share a few ideas on leadership which I found helpful. 

Michael, at White House: “Try to be…the same guy.”

“He doesn’t get too high, he doesn’t get too low.  He keeps focused on the goal.  If you are winning or losing twenty minutes, you don’t focus on your goals.”

I love that we need to be ourselves.  Michael points to the fact that no matter the external factors, we should strive to stay even, responsive and in the present moment. If we react to the external world, we are led by events, rather than being leaders ourselves.

Come back tomorrow for more thoughts on leadership!


On 2 August 2011 - 12:53pm

Prime Minister David Cameron listens to school children rehearse for a play at Social Enterprise Mark holder, the ARC healthy living centre, in Irvinestown Co. Fermanagh

Prime Minister the RT Hon David Cameron MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland the RT Hon Owen Paterson MP and Minister of State for Northern Ireland the RT Hon Hugo Swire MP visited Social Enterprise Mark holder, the ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 2 August 2011 - 12:23pm

Third Sector Online today has excellent coverage of the research just published by anti-cuts campaign False Economy. Using FoI requests, False Economy surveyed the spending cuts being made to voluntary sector budgets by 265 local authorities. You can download all the data from False Economy’s website here.

The campaigners say that 2,000 voluntary groups are losing funding because of the public spending cuts with Liverpool (£18m) and Birmingham (£15m) the hardest hit.



Posted By Clearly So
On 2 August 2011 - 12:04pm

Writing in the Third Sector, ClearlySo CEO, Rodney Schwartz, reflected on our recent report on Investor Perspectives on Social Enterprise Financing and in particular the notion of 3D investing. You can read the full article in the latest issue. Alternatively, we’ve reproduced the text below.

Recently, we at ClearlySo had the privilege to conduct and publish research on behalf of The City of London Corporation, City Bridge Trust and the Big Lottery Fund on “Investor Perspectives on Social Enterprise Financing”.  (You can see the full report here).  Written by Katie Hill, this 178 page report provides a comprehensive ...more