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It's Sunday evening. I have just snapped off Five Live with John Piennar during a long rant by Len McCluskey of, I think, the Unite union banging on about pensions, how all this is ideological etc.
Like most unions, he's fighting the last war. The 80s were, tangibly, about checking the power of unions. The money spent on beating the miners could have paved Sheffield's streets with gold. This time, it not ideology but economics that are shaping the agenda.
Pensions are the visible tip of a lifestyle iceberg that we are just about now realising is not sustainable. We can't afford the NHS - or at least not the one we want. We can't have the police, armed forces or welfare policies we really want - we just can't. The money just isn't there. It actually hasn't been there for a long time - well before the banking crisis - it just that we thought it was. We simply used a lot of debt and, yes, banking profits (they are taxed) to fund ever growing public services. ...more
The Social Enterprise Exchange, to be held in Glasgow on the 27th March 2012, is expected to attract over 1200 delegates and 150 exhibitors.
Perhaps more importantly for many social enterprises, the event organisers are committed to source as many of the goods and services such a mammoth undertaking requires from social enterprises and is ...more
I offer support to social enterprises through a variety of means – one of which is as a mentor through the Unltd Connect programme.
Recently I was 'paired' with One&Other, a new media enterprise in York that’s seeking to use news channels and digital publishing to share good news and build communities rather than simply 'telling tales' to make money.
They've already attracted a lot of initial interest from within this industry, and one of the topics that I wanted to explore with them (as well as everything on their 'wish list') was that of their legal form – they incorporated as a CIC and I wanted to explore with them why they'd chosen this structure given ...more
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” – Anais Nin Today is the day. Tuesday, October 11, 2011. I want to remember this day forever. The day I decided to stop drinking. The sunrise was beautiful this morning. Possibly [...] ...more
Further to this post, I notice that today third sector minister Nick Hurd has said something I wholeheartedly agree with.
In a piece in today’s Third Sector Online Hurd says that although there is a “buzz” in the sector that impact measurement is necessary, he is concerned that:
“[Impact measurement has] become too complicated for the sector. There’s a great profusion of methodologies which confuses people. We as a government should be working with the sector, as the biggest funder, to say ‘What should we be measuring?’ We should be making it easier to measure impact.”
He goes on to say that an additional problem is risk aversion amongst public commissioners of services and that more innovative means of contracting services are required that ...more
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Today might be a great day for social enterprise. Today’s the day that Chris White MP’s Public Services (Social Value) Bill reaches its report stage in the House of Commons which – roughly speaking – means it’s almost completed its journey through the House of Commons, at which point it will move to the House of Lords.
The main aim of the Bill is to tackle the perceived failure – certainly perceived by social entrepreneurs – of public sector agencies to consider wider social value (beyond price and competence) when commissioning services from outside providers.
For those readers who haven’t been following the story so far, White’s original Bill had ‘social enterprise’ in the title and included a clear definition of what a social enterprise was. It also committed councils (and the government) to producing social enterprise strategies but ...more
So I started the day with the Deputy PM and ended it with the PM! As I blogged yesterday Clegg was talking about Scarman. Cameron was at the NHS chief executives annual conference to round off the day after Andrew Lansley had spoken. I had been invited to represent the sector in a sea of NHS CEOs!
Lansley spoke about the importance of the "no decision about me, without me" policy. He said that we should welcome the extension of choice and competition because we need to put patients first. He is right. The NHS is too dominated by a professional approach that assumes we, the "patient" are the passive recipient of health care, rather than a citizen entitled to be advised and consulted on our care. And I know from a brilliant seminar laid on by the Health Foundation (CEO Stephen Thornton is an acevo member) in the recent listening exercise that enabling people to take part in decisions on their care improves health outcomes.
But perhaps the most interesting contribution ...more