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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 2 April 2014 - 11:05am

 I was pleased to see this morning’s Times report that Simon Stevens, who started as new Chief Executive of NHS England yesterday, has already spoken out against the ‘misplaced consensus’ within our health service. He says it must be prepared for a wider range of innovative approaches to healthcare. 
That means a larger role for charities and social enterprises. He is quite right; the NHS must be more open-minded if it is to stop ‘the wheels coming off’, in his words.
It’s encouraging to see this strong message being set from day one of Simon’s tenure. He is clearly open to greater third sector involvement. It will be good to see what happens next.
On a happier note, I pleased to see that Dr Mohammed Ali OBE was awarded the Uthman Dan Fodio Award for Excellence in Community Development at the twelfth Muslim News Awards for Excellence on Monday night, in a ceremony attended by the Prime ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 2 April 2014 - 9:00am

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On 1 April 2014 - 5:09pm

I’ve lost track of when the term social value was coined as a phrase, but maybe it’s the first time that you’ve heard it? I suspect it metamorphosed from a number of other terms such as social impact and best value, but what does it really mean? For me it’s about considering not only at the price of a product or service but the other added social and environmental benefits that might come from purchasing that service or product. For instance in buying the Big Issue you know that you are not only getting a good read but that you are mainly performing a business transaction with someone who is homeless, giving them ‘a hand up not a hand out’, so not only financially, but giving self-esteem, structure and focus to an otherwise chaotic life in the process. The Social Enterprise Mark is designed to be the short-cut for buyers to help them make these sorts of decisions which are ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 31 March 2014 - 5:09pm

One reason only 3% of demand for smallholder agricultural finance has been met is because investors lack sufficient data about the benefits and risks of directing their funds to smallholder agricultural finance. A number of innovative and promising new impact and risk measurement tools have emerged, but it is challenging to understand their varying functions and how they fit together.

In light of this situation, the Initiative for Smallholder Finance has catalogued available measurement tools, documented the status quo, and researched the benefits of increased collaboration.

The Initiative’s third briefing document “ ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 31 March 2014 - 4:16pm

It’s obvious from history that strong, innovative and vibrant economies underpin broader social development. But when we consider the progress that has been made more recently against the millennium development goals, it’s surprising how often the role of businesses, both small and large, is overlooked. Dare I say it, many of those businesses driving job creation, improved incomes and a better quality of life in emerging and developing countries do so in blissful ignorance of the existence of the MDGs. So as we look beyond 2015, how can businesses work more closely and collaboratively to improve their development impact, and how can large corporations work with smaller businesses along their value chains to help them grow faster and better?

At SABMiller, we believe businesses should focus on an enlightened commercial agenda that ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 31 March 2014 - 4:06pm

The impact of companies on our society has changed enormously. A fifty to hundred years ago, the world of business was quite different from today. There were hardly, if any, (real) global companies. Most companies at that time had a limited local, sometimes, regional impact.

Today, there are many companies with a global impact. They own key technologies, sometimes even (parts of) solutions to one of the major issues of today, such as climate change, resource scarcity, and more. Some of the global multinationals are so big, that they have more cash or are, measured in sales, larger than (the GDP of) several small or medium-sized countries.

A logical consequence of companies having more power or impact is that they show more responsibility as well. It is dangerous if these two (impact and responsibility) aren’t balanced. ...more

Posted By Social Edge
On 31 March 2014 - 3:55pm

Everyone talks about cross-sector partnerships, but what does it really take to effectively solve global problems and have a viable business? As an entrepreneur, it can be daunting to figure out which partners can help you scale an idea to truly have impact.

For nearly 40 years, PATH has worked with entrepreneurs to get lifesaving tools through the logjam of innovation and into the hands of the people who need them. This involves collaborating at all stages, from research and development to ensuring a market and distribution channels. Whether it’s vaccines to give children a healthy start in life, drugs to treat diseases more effectively and affordably, diagnostics to detect and track diseases, or devices like household water filters, many of the same rules apply.

We’ll be talking about this in our session at the ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 31 March 2014 - 2:58pm

Scaling up innovation is rarely as simple as investing in a company. The best social innovations aren’t companies – rather they are social movements, coalitions co-created by businesses, social sector organisations and governments working together.

But how do you fund and scale up a movement?

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