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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 6 March 2012 - 11:07am

SEWM has just circulated the following notice which may be of interest to anyone looking for social franchising opportunities….

SEWM Is delighted to introduce new member Move It Or Lose It! and to help get their conversation started about an exciting new social franchising opportunity:


Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 5 March 2012 - 7:54pm

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As a curtain raiser to International Women’s Day on March 08, 2012, Ashoka Changemakers is hosting a ­­­­Twitter-based #SocEntSummit titled #ChangemakeHERS, on March 06, 2012 between 12 noon to 12 midnight IST /1:30am to 1:30pm EST. Save the date and spread the word! Hope to see you there.

Ashoka Changemakers will celebrate International Women’s Day 2012 a bit differently this year with the launch of #SocEntSummit on Twitter, the first event of its kind. This Twitter-based event—recognized, tracked and followed with the hashtag #ChangemakeHERS—will celebrate womanhood by cheering some of the most outstanding women social entrepreneurs from all over the world. The #SocEntSummit will also kick-off ...more

On 5 March 2012 - 6:05pm

Phillips Brooks, an educator and spiritual leader, advised us to push ourselves into the unknown for a special reason: To become spiritual.

Well, you might ask, “Why is being spiritual so important? I simply want to create a great company, write a book, or scale Mount Kilimanjaro.”

The qualities it takes to do any of the above, and anything miraculous, are unseeable.  They are:

Perseverance: Don’t ever think of giving up…
Thoughtfulness and care in building a team…
Inspirational, being able to paint your vision in a way that excites others, impels them to take action…

You must have these qualities to build successful relationships and enduring companies.  Yet all of these are qualities which are not required in school, home or job.  And yet they are the invisible glue which will allow you “…to undertake something so great you cannot accomplish it unaided.”

They are not material or physical. They are spiritual.

“We never become ...more

Posted By Community Money
On 5 March 2012 - 2:51pm

full of practical consumer finance tips and stories.

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On 5 March 2012 - 2:04pm

Katie, Sam and Joe (right) sporting their natty, new specs
Watching the TV as a family these days has taken an odd turn. When everyone is looking at the screen I find myself glimpsing the faces around me because I am now surrounded by the visually challenged.

Hubbie, Chris has always been short sighted but was our only family member requiring be-specalement, or so I thought.

It started with our eldest, 15 year old Joe complaining that he was struggling to see the blackboard at school and so when I booked for him to see our local opticians I took Katie, our youngest along because she had also raised concerns about her vision. Much to my surprise it ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 5 March 2012 - 12:13pm

An interesting weekend; and not just because I was in Barnsley! Someone had leaked ACEVO's analysis of applications to the Transition Fund, which we undertook a year ago for the Cabinet Office. It showed the extent of the cuts and that the biggest cuts were taking place in the most deprived areas. Probably the most accurate analysis of the effect of cuts undertaken. As we had signed a confidentiality clause and the Cabinet Office decided not to publish we were in a difficult position. So I decided not to do press on it and unusually turned down requests!

But I'm glad the Cabinet Office have now decided to publish this. We should all know the extent of cuts and what is happening on the ground. But my recent visits around the country show a varied picture. Some are managing OK. Some growing as they do more work.

But we must keep up the pressure on Government and on local councils. ACEVO will do that.

It was bad news to hear that Steve Hilton is going on a ...more

On 5 March 2012 - 12:05pm

Chris White MP presents Social Enterprise Mark to John Taylor Hospice

Lucy Findlay and Chris White MP present the Social Enterprise Mark to Laura Tooley of John Taylor Hospice (l-r)

Days after the ‘Public Services (Social Value)’ bill had its final reading at the House of Lords, and is set to become law, the bill’s promoter Chris White MP awarded John Taylor Hospice at BVSC.

The bill ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 5 March 2012 - 11:39am

What’s good for Chelsea is good for the UK economy? Not true.

Andre Villas Boas said just two weeks ago that he didn’t need the players to support what he was trying to do with the club – just the owner. “They don’t have to back my project, only the owner needs to back my project.” What he said could have been echoed by many UK business leaders – it is the shareholders who matter, not the workforce.

This model of ownership doesn’t work on the field – great sides have great belief – and it is not great off it. Managers and business CEOs may be paid vast sums now, but the restless impatience of owners means they themselves have no time to perform. The average tenure of a CEO is getting shorter all the time – at around four years (estimates vary), staff at most companies stay longer than their boss. It is a mad way to run a business or an economy.

What we need are ...more

On 4 March 2012 - 7:46pm

In stark contrast to last Sunday when I sat in a warm Havana, sipping cocktails and enjoying live Cuban music, today I could only muse on my recent trip which had all the elements of what I consider a good holiday: history, architecture, warmth, music and variety. Of course, the icing on the cake was the constant images of Che Guevara in his prime, undoubtedly the best looking politician ever in my book. Like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe who died too young, he is forever sanctified in his youth and spared the inevitable decline into middle age and all the jowls and paunches that brings.

For years, I have been fascinated by the ability of Cuba to hold off the Goliath that is global capitalism and manage the ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 4 March 2012 - 6:40pm

Rodrigo tells me he loves shopping, which is lucky. He runs the network Eurocoop, which represents retail consumer cooperatives with thirty five thousand cooperative shops across Europe.

He is keen to encourage joint buying across the cooperative sector and there are some good examples, including Eroski in Spain with mutual partners in Germany and France, who are showing the way.

His suggestion, at our recent retail cooperative conference in Stratford, is that we start perhaps with one product and build from there. And what? He suggests pasta.

So you heard it here first. 2012 is the International Year of Co-operatives. 2013 could become the … International Year of Co-operative Spaghetti.