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Posted By Addictions UK
On 24 June 2011 - 12:00am

Third Sector and Private Providers call for more Addictions Treatment Services to be funded by Government. ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 23 June 2011 - 8:58pm

Peter Sims knows innovation, technology, and social entrepreneurship. He's a Stanford GSB alum, frequently collaborates with Stanford’s Institute of Design (the, and is the consummate valley guy, having served as an advisor to Google, Eli Lilly, Pixar, ConAgra, and Cisco Systems.

His latest book is Little Bets: How Breakthrough Ideas Emerge from Small Discoveries, which asks pointed questions about how system change occurs on a methodical level across myriad industries and sectors. For example, what do Apple CEO Steve Jobs, award-winning comedian Chris Rock, famed architect Frank Gehry, and Pixar scientist Tony Derose (watch for his upcoming interview, to be posted here) have in common?

Answer: Their outputs are the result of what ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 23 June 2011 - 6:57pm

It is wonderful that Co-operative Energy, a new enterprise in a tough market, has today been given a Consumer Action Award by Which?

Co-operative Energy supplies electricity and gas to homes throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Its stance is to be consistently competitive on price. It has just one tariff – called Pioneer. There are no tie-ins or exit penalties of the kind that have bedevilled the big energy companies. Customers are invited to become members and in that capacity they receive a share of profits and have a voice in our direction.

Sounds good and it is!

So here’s my advice – switching, for once, is quick and easy, just 5 or 10 minutes online or over the phone – and they do all the work.


On 23 June 2011 - 5:05pm

Good advice from Adam Rapoport, as featured in Gwyneth Paltrow’s newsletter, GOOP:

“I’ve always believed that if you want to do something well and create something worthwhile, you’ve got to do it your way. You’ve got to commit to it and believe in yourself. As a writer, whenever you try to write in someone else’s style or voice – or give the editor what you think he or she wants instead of what you want- it always turns out badly. You should do what you think is right and interesting.”

Adam Rapoport is the editor-in-chief of Bon Appetit.  Read his full interview in GOOP, about Bon Appetit, food and family.



Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 23 June 2011 - 3:29pm

Well, our gallant Third Sector Minister has certainly noticed my arrival back on the sector scene. The acevo Big Society Commission had a fruitful session with Nick Hurd MP this week and I manage to put my chair leg directly over his foot. Fortunately our strategic grant is sorted.

And notice the use of the term "third sector", much beloved but lately sorely missed. One of my triumphs in the future forum reports was to get copious mentions of the third sector rather than the lame alternatives of voluntary sector etc. Increasingly I notice ministers also talking third sector. It's so much easier. I'm looking forward to Nick's U turn (so fashionable in government circles these days) when he too uses the term. Shall we have bets on when that might happen?

We are now into the recruitment process for the new CEO of the social investment business. We interview end july. David Fielding, headhunter supremo, is trawling the highways and byways of the City and Sector to find ...more

On 23 June 2011 - 11:35am

A new survey commissioned by UnLtd has found that if they had access to the right support about 1 in 3 people would like to be social entrepreneurs.

This is yet another confirmation of Dr Rebecca Harding's research on the numbers social entrepreneurs.  Her figures suggested some time ago that there are over 230,000 'hidden social enterprises' in the UK, and that over a third of all new entrepreneurs would like to be social entrepreneurs.

It is also another confirmation of the staggering scale of the opportunity we have - and this to me is the area where we really lack leadership (not, as Liam Black recently thought, in defending existing social enterprises).

Our focus on a few kinds of social enterprise - those that happen to fit an official definition, or can be used to forward a government agenda - is ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 22 June 2011 - 5:06pm

Ashoka and Boehringer Ingelhim, one of the world’s largest and most innovative pharmaceutical companies, yesterday announced a new global partnership: “Making More Health.”

Making More Health is a three-year initiative aimed at improving health in communities around the world—promoting strong individuals, families, and communities by identifying and supporting the most promising solutions to challenging health problems.


On 22 June 2011 - 5:05pm

I am saddened to see philanthropy mean ‘money.’ It’s the love of people. And what I love about this definition is that it is accessible to anyone, at anytime. We can all be philanthropists. Whether you are getting the drycleaning, having a conversation with your boss or coworker, or saying a kind hello to a homeless person.

Philanthropy should be, and is, accessible to all.  I love that we can start loving others now!


On 22 June 2011 - 4:54pm

Research published today on behalf of Think Local Act Personal paints a pretty positive picture of Personal Budgets – you can read the press release here and a research summary ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 22 June 2011 - 3:34pm

Are you looking for business support?

If you are looking for business support to help develop a new or existing social enterprise, then  this post is relevant to you. Until such time as we can get the main body of our website amended, please download the guide referred to below or bookmark it.

The provision of business support is changing quickly at the moment. Many services that were previously free-of-charge have now ended due to lack of funding. Others services have come on-stream but in some cases there is now a charge for these.

To try and help those who are looking for business support, BSSEC has compiled a summary which you can download here. It describes services as we are aware of them at June 2011 and where possible indicates which services are free of charge and which are paid for.

This post is a ‘ ...more