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On 24 March 2011 - 9:25pm

Albina Ruiz was honored as an Ashoka ChangemakeHER, Changemakers's inaugural celebration of the world's most influentual and inspiring women. Find her fellow honorees' voices here.

Interview by Lorena López, Ashoka's Changemakers

Albina Ruiz, founder of, created a system of micro businesses that are dedicated to collecting and processing urban waste, promoting cleaner and healthier cities in Peru. Perhaps their most important success has been dignifying the job of garbage collectors, who have been included in a formal and decent employment system with social and pension payments. Here, ...more

On 24 March 2011 - 6:58pm

Next week we say Goodbye to our good friend Joyce Francis! Its hard to talk about retirement without it sounding as if a person has died, but certainly not so in this case, as Joyce is not only retiring to spend more time in her native land of Barbados (lucky thing) but she is also getting married in April to her partner, Oliver Griffith!

I don't usually write about SEL staff individualy as social enteprise is such a team sport, but Joyce is different. She has worked in our movement for over 25 years and was SEL's very first employee. She interviewed me for my job and my predessesor Jonathan Bland for his, and it is hard to imagine life without her.

Joyce is in charge of our HR ...more

On 24 March 2011 - 5:05pm

“Walk down the street and smile at a stranger. He’ll smile at the next stranger passing by, and then the whole street is smiling. And no one knows why.”  — Juliana Margulies

I love this quote. The only reason why we need to smile…is simply to give joy.  Give joy to ourselves and to others…it’s one of our main reasons for being.  And while people may not know why you are smiling, they’ll soon find out:  It makes the world go around with peacefulness, graciousness and lovingkindness.  That’s reason enough. :)

Juliana Margulies is an American actress who achieved success as a regular character on ER, for which she received an Emmy.  More recently, she took the lead role in The Good Wife, and has received a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors Guild awards.


Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 24 March 2011 - 4:15pm





How will the budget affect your business?

Book now for finditinbirmingham’s April breakfast networking event – and be in the know with the UK’s leading taxation expert…

Date: Thursday 07/04/2011

Time: 7:00am – 9am (registration from 6:45am)

Venue: The Patrick Centre, Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street, Birmingham, West Midlands, B5 4TB

Cost: Free to all

Following on from yesterday’s eagerly awaited budget finditinbirmingham have asked one of the UK’s leading taxation experts, Peter Rayney of Price Pearson Accountants, to give us an overview of the main points that ...more

On 24 March 2011 - 1:32pm

Wombling CIC awarded the Mark

Adrian Ramsay, Deputy Leader of the Green Party, awards the Mark to Karen Atthey-Woods

Wombling CIC, a Community Interest Company in Norwich, is the first new-start social enterprise to get the Social Enterprise Mark, proving they are in business to provide more opportunities to help communities and protect the environment.

Changes to the qualification criteria for the Mark are designed to encourage new social enterprises to start up and grow.

Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of the ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 24 March 2011 - 12:47pm

Karen Dillon was honored as an Ashoka ChangemakeHER, Changemakers's inaugural celebration of the world's most influentual and inspiring women. Find her fellow honorees' voices here.

Karen Dillon is the editor of Harvard Business Review. During Karen’s tenure at HBR, the magazine has been honored twice as a finalist in the category of General Excellence at the National Magazine Awards. Prior to joining HBR, she was deputy editor of Inc., a monthly magazine for entrepreneurs, and editor and publisher of the critically acclaimed The American Lawyer. While at the legal monthly, she also spent four years in London as the editor of its European affiliate, Legal Business. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University' ...more

On 24 March 2011 - 9:48am

Just a quick note to say that the SSE London graduation is today for the Block and Weekly Groups, with around 40 social entrepreneurs joining the ever-growing SSE Fellowship. You can see the formal press release here, along with links... ...more

On 24 March 2011 - 8:25am

Analysis of the 2011 Budget



Although the Budget offered charities some specific assistance to encourage philanthropy, it was in the big scheme of things, a fairly dull affair. There were a number of relatively modest announcements – a couple of new taxes, a few tax cuts – but it was fairly unexceptional compared with the emergency Budget last June or November’s Spending Review. The fact that, amidst all the economic uncertainty, a 1p reduction in the cost of petrol fills the media tells you something about the content of George Osborne’s speech.

We should not, however, let this distract us from what is going on. Remember that the really big decisions have already been taken and from next week will start to be implemented (if they have not already been). In June the ...more

On 23 March 2011 - 8:04pm

Todays budget was billed by Chancellor, George Osborne as the blueprint for "Start up Britain". As a woman up to my elbows in enthusastic people who want to be part of a growing economy, a plan for growth has to be welcomed. There weren't any really big wows, as far as I could see,  but the highlights I could surmise were as follows; there will be 21 new enterprise zone's 10 in deprived areas, details to follow, but these could be good for my regeneration based members, there will be new green incentives including a Green Investment Bank, a new carbon price floor and rises in green taxes, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is to be reformedand and ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 23 March 2011 - 7:34pm

Gloria de Souza was honored as an Ashoka ChangemakeHER, Changemakers's inaugural celebration of the world's most influentual and inspiring women. Find her fellow honorees' voices here.

One of the first three Ashoka Fellows, Gloria de Souza (center left) turned down lucrative business career opportunities to teach. She found an educational system that deadened student’s creativity, motivation to learn, problem-solving capacity, and faith in India. Gloria created and introduced modern experiential education that challenged students to think and to solve problems together instead of chanting facts. Her core contribution has not been to invent modern education but to adapt it to make it attractive to everyone in non-Western settings. Her patient work of adoption ...more