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Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 27 June 2014 - 4:11pm

Most people tend to agree that social enterprise is generally a good thing because of all the positive impacts it can/does create, and that it would be great if that impact could be multiplied. Traditionally, the way social enterprise has done this is through ‘organic growth’ (slowly getting bigger, employing more people, selling more stuff, etc itself). But in more recent years, there’s been a growing interest in the concept of ‘social franchising’ as a way to grow impact more quickly.
It’s worth demystifying ‘social franchising’ at this point: it’s not the same as Costa, Subway, or McDonalds, but rather a more flexible way to replicate a model of social enterprise through either informal licensing agreements about sharing a brand to more formal ownership and shareholding agreements in each other. These guides from Social Enterprise UK (which I contributed to!) are good starting points: ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 27 June 2014 - 1:44pm

Many people think slavery is a thing of the past, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only does modern day slavery exist, but it exists in places we may least expect.

In this Innovator Insight interview, Arati Sureddi, Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovator and founder of LOTUS Alliance—an organization committed to cutting across sectors to tackle the plague of human trafficking—shared some thoughts on this oft-forgotten issue.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 27 June 2014 - 1:19pm

The debate on charities’ right to speak out lumbers on. It was a hot topic of conversation last night at three receptions I was at, not least the launch of the smart new Third Sector magazine which will now be published monthly.
I was pleased to be able to defend our historic right to campaign on issues of public concern on the BBC’s World at One this afternoon. One of the MPs interviewed is arguing that if charities have contracts for services we should not be allowed to speak out. This would drive a coach and horse through the governments attempts to reform public services, and would undermine good policy making and better legislation. Fundamentally, the whole argument is based on an impossible premise. Charities’ work to help the lives of the beneficiaries is inseparable from their work to speak out on their behalf.
This point was made far more eloquently in the House of Lords yesterday, in a debate on a motion moved by Baroness Scott of Needham Market noting the ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 26 June 2014 - 11:19pm

In February 2014, Search for Common Ground announced a leadership transition at the organization. On September 1, 2014, Shamil Idriss will take over from John Marks as president. Both Mr. Marks and his wife, Search for Common Ground senior vice president Susan Collin Marks, will transition to new roles within the organization.

Mr. Marks has served as president of Search for Common Ground since he founded the organization 32 years ago. Search for Common Ground received a Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006.

Here the Marks reflect on some important elements of a successful transition.

1. Start before you have to. By starting the transition process before there was ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 26 June 2014 - 9:27pm

A lot of time is spent discussing why education reform is important and why more playful learning methodologies benefit students.

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 26 June 2014 - 5:16pm

If we were honest with ourselves, we’d admit that many of our educationsystems prioritize things other than whole-child development.

“We’ve got an obsession in believing that literacy and numeracy and content acquisition are the principal objectives of school systems,” read more ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 26 June 2014 - 2:52pm

Today the Charity Commission published new research looking at the public’s trust in charities, carried out by Ipsos MORI. It’s more positive than this week’s similar polling from nfpSynergy  In both cases, despite the warning signs, I think it’s important to credit charity leaders, trustees and volunteers for maintaining such high, continued public trust.
The new research found once again that charities are very highly trusted by the general public - only doctors and the police are trusted more. 
It raised important questions over the importance of good financial management by charities - more people picked this out as important to their reputation. It also showed fewer people trust charities to work independently (62%, compared to 68% in 2010).
And perhaps more worryingly, the proportion who would be more confident in a charity providing a ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 26 June 2014 - 1:05pm


You’re ignited by your vision, and you feel a deep urge to make it happen. Perhaps you’re already making it happen, and you’re busy managing the manifestation of your dreams. 

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Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 26 June 2014 - 10:05am


See an offender, upload their picture on Facebook. Police force in four major Indian cities—Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Gurgaon— are taking a unique approach to catching drunk-driving offenders by enlisting the help of local residents.

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 26 June 2014 - 9:00am

Studying boosts self-confidence and well-being, and expands social networks. ...more