Monthly Archives: January 2009

Finance 2.0: The New Infrastructures

The social networking tools of the Web 2.0 meet the banking crisis. Enter a new generation of Internet-based, peer-to-peer finance mechanisms that connect people who want to borrow money with those who want to lend it. Some of these innovations were presented at NESTA’s event ‘WeBank: Can people replace institutions?’ One example is Zopa. It

Cartier’s Women’s Initiative Awards

Don’t know whether anyone in the Volans network would be interested, or eligible, but it may be worth taking a look at this. Created in 2006 by Cartier in partnership with the Women’s Forum, McKinsey and INSEAD management school, the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards are offfered as part of an international business plan competition given

‘The Power of Unreasonable People’ goes foreign

Foreign editions of The Power of Unreasonable People have begun to appear, with copies of the Italian and Japanese versions now displayed in our London office. The Japanese edition has a globe on the front, whereas the Italian version is rather more lively – with a hammer poised above an egg stood on end. We’re

Third Sector and Fifteen

Delightful dinner this evening at Admiralty House, London, hosted by the Office of the Third Sector – with excellent catering by Jamie Oliver’s restaurant Fifteen. In addition to social entrepreneurs I already knew – including Penny Newman (now of Fifteen), Nigel Kershaw of Big Issue Invest, Gib Bulloch of Accenture Development Partners and Reed Paget

Another Trailblazer – Institute of Green Professionals

As the fields opened out by pioneering social and environmental entrepreneurs begin to mainstream, we will see a secondary wave of professionalisation. Although I have tended to shy away from the conventional professional institutes in these fields, because they often struck me as pursuing the narrow self-interests of particular groups of professionals or as being

UK Minister with taste for SROI

Kevin Brennan, the UK Minister for the Third Sector, illustrates the trend for politicians to pay more attention to social enterprise. The UK is estimated to have 55,000 social enterprises, employing 650,000 people and contributing £8.4 billion to the economy annually. In an interview with The Times yesterday, he spoke of the need for “lift-off

Making Decent Profits Decently: The Changing Culture of MBAs

In her final post for Harvard University’s Center for Public Leadership, Pamela reflects about her underlying motivations for taking on the role of Director for the Skoll Centre at Oxford. It all began when she started to realize the potential of business school platforms towards new market creation… To read more click here

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Lien Centre announces i3 Challenge

The Lien Centre for Social Innovation is offering S$1 million for innovative ideas that can be implemented to create positive social impact. This is a three-stage competition process which begins with the submission of a 2-page idea proposal by 31 March 2009. Full details are available at the Lien Centre website.

The Upside of a Downturn

In the two weeks since the launch of the Volans survey on ‘Social Entrepreneurship in a Downturn’, we had already received about 70 responses by year’s end, plus many notes of thanks from leading social entrepreneurs for this initiative – which they see as very timely. The survey is still ongoing – and social or