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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 1 December 2011 - 10:57am

Well, the lunch with JP Morgan turned out to be most agreeable . They have recently published a report on impact investing. It is clear that the mainstream financial sector are beginning to notice the third sector and instead of patronising us , think we may be the sort of social business that they can invest in. It's early days, but the Social Investment Business now has a successful 7 year track record of making loans to sector enterprises. Our story and experience is there to be mined.

I followed that with an early evening drink with Rita Clifton, the branding guru , CEO of Interbrand and the new Chair of BTCV ( Tom Flood their CEO is one of my members ). Formidable yet charming , and a real passion for our sector and how we can do better. Had a really interesting discussion on the ACEVO brand ( watch this space! ).

We are both on exactly the same page on branding. Your brand as an organisation is integral to your success. It is a core role for any CEO. Protecting ...more

On 1 December 2011 - 8:04am

David Wilcox, who has been doing social reporting with John Popham as part of the Big Lottery Fund's People Powered Change programme, asked me to write something about our ideas and experience for the Social Reporters blog. Here's what i came up with....


People power change is what we do at Urban Forum. Supporting communities to play a leading role in what happens within their communities. We believe that improved local outcomes must be based on citizen’s own vision for their area and that with a bit of support and some creative thinking a huge amount can be achieved. That does not, in our view, mean that communities should be abandoned by the state ...more

On 30 November 2011 - 6:05pm

“Don’t bunt.  Aim out of the ballpark.  Aim for the company of the immortals.” –David Ogilvy

This is a beautiful clear message, especially in honor of our quirky, beloved Giants, about a clear focus.  A focus that aims for the best, drives for excellence, and holds the highest standards in mind.   Mr. Ogilvy did that with his advertising firm, and so we can choose to aim out of the ballpark in our chosen endeavor, too.

David Ogilvy (1911-1999) was a noted businessman, working in advertising.  He is often called “The Father of Advertising,” and was a key thinker in shaping modern advertising.


Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 30 November 2011 - 5:35pm

Further to this post on Social Impact Bonds, Social Finance has today issued the following statement regarding the Peterborough social impact bond which many of you will remember seeks to reduce reoffending amongst a defined cohort of offenders:

Today Social Finance publishes a report on the first year of the Peterborough Social Impact Bond and the One* Service.  What can we report after one year? We have over 500 individuals on our watch in the community. While engagement in the One* Service is purely voluntary, the proportion we are ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 30 November 2011 - 4:55pm


It takes a true visionary to see a Buddhist monk deploying a pack of giant rats as the solution to the devastating danger posed by landmines.

Every few hours, another person is killed or maimed by a landmine. Even in areas removed from active conflict, landmines are more than just distressing reminders of former bloodshed — they’re hidden hazards that terrorize populations and freeze development.

Identifying, unearthing, and disarming these explosives is dangerous and daunting. Despite record clearances, more countries deployed anti-personnel mines last year than in any year since 2004.


"Everywhere I went to apply for funding, we were ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 30 November 2011 - 3:20pm

Watching the news is no fun. I even found myself doing a calculation on my pension last night. And the good news ( for me at least) is George has not stolen another year off me.

But the reality that we are in recession and face at least 5 years more of gloom is depressing. What does not come through is all the economic analysis is the effect of all this on the citizens and communities our sector serves.

And for the sector CEO , already stretched by trying to cope with declining income and growing demand there seems little light at the end of the tunnel.

But there is no point in wallowing in the doom. We have a job to do. What any sector CEO knows is that we are often at our best when facing down difficulty.

And in thinking through new ways to raise funds or to innovate I thought it was unhelpful of Kevin Curley of NAVCA , in his last conference speech( as reported in Third Sector ) , to criticise relationships that have developed between the third and ...more

Posted By Nat Wei's blog
On 30 November 2011 - 2:12pm

With the only focus it seems these days and over the last 24 hours especially to observers of government being economic matters and deficit reduction (or more accurately but less eloquently deficit growth reduction since we are not actually yet on course to reduce our national debt just slow the rate at which it is increasing), it might seem that the government has no non-fiscally driven framework for social policy development.

But this is not true based on my own experience. I was asked recently “What is the coalition government’s social policy?”, by which it was meant its approach to social policy-making rather than every government’s mantra of better schools, policing and healthcare etc. Reflecting on my time in government and on how the coalition came together, this was the answer that I gave.

Government does not have one single social policy approach, but three, which are derived from the the fact that it is a coalition. Social justice, social mobility, and ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 30 November 2011 - 1:00am

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 30 November 2011 - 1:00am

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Posted By Addictions UK
On 30 November 2011 - 1:00am

YouTube is hosting new Addiction UK videos - launched today! ...more