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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 5 January 2012 - 11:54am

A fascinating documentary on King George V on Tuesday. No one would claim George as a great intellect. He was a terrible father and more interested in shooting animals than reading books. He was however an incredibly good Monarch. Why?

His leadership style was based on a sound common sense approach and a gut instinct in handling difficult situations. These are , in fact, key leadership attributes. I've often been struck by how important a role instinct plays in making decisions as a CEO.

I can point to a number of occasions when the logic or advice I received pointed to a particular decision but I knew it wasn't quite right. Sometimes I bowed to the advice- only to find my instinct was right. Other times I plowed ahead on my instinct and found I was right. But sometimes wrong so it's not an infallible guide to success. But then the leadership job is made up of these types of challenge.

Now this is not to suggest you ignore all advice or press ahead ...more

On 4 January 2012 - 10:47pm



Over the last couple of years we made an effort as a family to cut down on how much we used the car – and a couple of months ago we finally went car-free.

In 2012 we’ve decided to work on a couple of other areas which account for a significant amount of our carbon footprint – our energy use at home, and the food that we eat.

I’ll blog about food in the next few days but let’s look at energy use first.  Over the last ten weeks I’ve been taking weekly gas and electricity readings to get a better idea of how much ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 4 January 2012 - 6:34pm

Do you have an opinion about what health care models might work in more than one country? Are you interested in what kinds of health care challenges are shared by communities around the world? Join Ashoka Changemakers on January 10, 2012, for a global #SocEntChat about Innovations for Health.

Join @changemakers from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Indian Standard Time (IST) — that's 3:30 to 5:30 a.m. EST — to participate in a Twitter-based discussion with innovators, social entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts about health care solutions that have the potential to be applied in other countries in order to improve health and health care. ...more

On 4 January 2012 - 6:05pm

Mahavir Sanglikar has a beautiful perspective on harmony.   While growing up, he was struck by a familiar image in his home, reflective of Jainism. From Mahavir’s article, “Live and Let Live Philosophy of Jainism,” he describes how a cow and a tigress dropped their aggressive instincts, to live in harmony, while they ate out of the same feeding area.

“But are we ready to forget enmity and be friends? Here ‘We’ means we human beings, who are fighting amongst ourselves for small reasons.” – Mahavir Sanglikar

Thank you, Mahavir, for your lovely insights.

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Posted By Adrian Ashton
On 4 January 2012 - 5:14pm

Ok, so by the title alone, I’ve already probably upset some people by inferring that co-ops are a form of social enterprise. And I’m not sorry about that – I’ve spoken at national conferences over the years on the relationship between the two, and there are plenty of articles published by academics on the question. For now, let’s just take it that co-ops are a type of social enterprise.

Anyway – back to the purpose of this post: sustainability in the financial sense. Social Enterprises are regularly touted as being the saviours of the economy, society, little kittens stuck up trees, etc and it’s implied from research figures released by Social Enterprise UK that as they’re outperforming private firms, they’re more successful, and by extension more sustainable.

But I was wondering recently about how ‘true’ this might be from the ...more

On 4 January 2012 - 3:03pm

2012 is the United Nations International Year of the Co-operatives which might not sound where the party is at, but trust me, it is. More timely even than the Olympics this celebration comes just as the world has woken up, hung over, wearing an 'Absolute capitalism corrupts Absolutely' T-Shirt.

With this in mind I have just read a stunning piece from my friend and fellow Transition Institute Board member, Ed Mayo. Ed is Secretary General of ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 4 January 2012 - 2:46pm

That's our health service. We all saw the reports from the Care Quality Commission about the appalling standards of care for old people in some hospitals. We now have a report from MENCAP which suggests that enduring "institutional discrimination" among doctors and nurses has contributed to the deaths of 74 vulnerable patients.

The 74 patients' deaths over the past decade were either caused or complicated by mistakes in hospitals and decisions by staff who failed to treat them properly and displayed ignorance or indifference to their plight, according to Mencap .

Inquiries by Mencap into the deaths raise searching questions for the NHS, which has been criticised in a series of recent reports for providing poor care, especially to older patients. The parliamentary and health service ombudsman, Ann Abraham, has already ruled that four of the cases highlighted were avoidable deaths and found serious failings in eight others. Inquest verdicts also confirm failings ...more

Posted By Ed Mayo's blog
On 4 January 2012 - 10:20am

I am looking forward to contributing once more to a course this year at Schumacher College. The course is a pioneering attempt to bring together an MSC on economics as if people mattered, in Fritz Schumacher’s phrase (it was the subtitle to his book, Small is Beautiful, though the title itself was coined by his publisher).

The course details are now out.

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On 3 January 2012 - 6:05pm

“Ring out the old, ring in the new,

Ring happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.”

- Alfred Lord Tennyson

Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) was the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom for 42 years, the longest anyone has held the position.  Some of his best known poems include “The Charge of the Light Brigade” and “Ulysses.”  He is the ninth most quoted author in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.

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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 3 January 2012 - 12:30pm

Further to this post, leaders from across the care sector have published an open letter in today’s Daily Telegraph calling on all political parties to work together to find a long-term solution to the funding and delivery of elderly care.

The government plans a white paper on social care reform for April and this, along with the publication of the Dilnot Commission’s inquiry into social care in the summer of last year, finally seems to be prompting proper debate.

If you’re wondering what Dilnot recommended as regards the funding of social care, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a very good analysis — ...more