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Partially fanged but still fabulous, my first
parsnips this yearSomeone said to me recently that they went to my blog because I write about social enterprise and yet most of my contributions seemed to be about an allotment, she said "How can anyone write so much about gardening?". Clearly, she was not impressed. I do wonder what folk make of my rather eclectic mix of social commentry, horticulture and family life, but in writing about my passions there does appear to be three themes, I hope they don't jar too much, and the almost weekly gardening slot at the moment isn't too dull. My hope is based on the fact that I get as many comments about the gardening as ...more
Did you try and stay up for our #SocEntchat on September 8 and just didn’t make it? Not to worry because on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, Ashoka Changemakers®, in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim, is organizing a #SocEntChat for Asia and other Eastern Hemisphere participants. You are invited to join entrepreneurs, innovators, and enthusiasts from around the world to discuss challenges related to the health sector, as well as innovative and sustainable solutions that increase individual, family, and community well-being. Participate in this #SocEntChat on Twitter between 1 and 3 p.m. IST (Indian Standard Time) to share your innovative ideas and solutions that address the collaboration and ingenuity needed to Make More Health.
This is a recent article I wrote for Fast Company‘s Getting Funded series.
What’s the biggest pitfall in fundraising? Asking for money.
The first step in fundraising is to build a long-term relationship. It’s not the dollar. It’s slow capital, slow relationship building. And believe me, you want to take this time. Someone who gives you money has power. That money will not just jump-start your business–but also affect your life for positive or negative. People don’t usually give money and back off. They give money and step up their engagement in a major way.
So when you make an ask, make sure you’d like this person in your life.
Start with listening to the person. Find out their values. Listen to how they handle relationships. Ask if you are comfortable with how they communicate and the language they use. Find out how they have worked on teams and how they have advised ...more
To deliver staff training across London and the South East of England, aimed at improving rent arrears by teaching front-line staff how to help their clients budget and negotiate sustainable payments. AmicusHorizon is one of the regions largest landlords managing over 28.000 homes.
Photo via Where are you from? I usually answer that question with, “Well, it’s kind of a long story.” I’m not particularly special, but the truth is I don’t know—not really. I was born in Mexico City and raised in New Delhi by a Panamanian mother and an American father, and while I’m a dual citizen, I don’t wholly consider Mexico or the United States home. The government, on the other hand, has its managerial mind made up, plainly expressed on my driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, and other forms of official identification. My personal uncertainty doesn’t cause any angst, nor is it a problem in public life. However, the same can’t be said for the 12 to 15 million stateless persons around the world. The invisible people aren’t recognized as nationals by any country or ...more
I recently had a very interesting conversation with a leading figure in the social enterprise space about how social enterprise’s struggle to work with the lead bid or primary contractor organisations known in the 3rd sector as Primes.
Read Jack Graham’s Guardian here on the subject.
As the eagle-eyed Guardian readers among us may have noticed, the government spending pie is shrinking, and social enterprises are getting a smaller slice than ever. For example, 16 out of 18 prime contractors of the Coalition's Work Programme are commercial organisations; voluntary organisations are relegated to less profitable sub-contracts....in an increasingly competitive environment, seems to slope towards large private sector firms such as A4E and Serco.
BVSC Enterprises, which operates as a social enterprise owned by BVSC the Charity, is reviewing its current conference catering operation and is putting the work out to tender.
Since 2004 the conference operation has increased its yearly turnover by more than 300%. The conference team currently deal with multiple suppliers for the provision of stock and service of its entire catering offering. BVSC Enterprises would like to consider alternative suppliers for the supply of all or part of its ...more
The German Professor Margrit Kennedy is best known for adding up the impact on prices of the cascade of money borrowed at interest throughout the economy. Her influence was prominent in a book review I have done for the latest issue of Resurgence.
Together with Ludwig Schuster, she now offers a timely case for complementary currencies, operating within the Eurozone, starting with Greece.
As an introduction, she tells the story of the German baron, Karl Friedrich Hieronymous Freiherr von Munchhausen, a seventeenth century adventurer and story-teller who claimed to have extracted himself from a swamp by pulling up on his own hair. This is Plan A, in her view.
The alternative is to draw on the growing body of praxis and innovation around complementary currencies, to kick-start the kinds of exchanges which are ruled out by the straightjacket of the Euro. As ever, getting the framework ...more
This was my new year’s resolution on a frosty New Year’s Day in 2010:
I won’t bore you with the thinking behind wanting to use the car less – I’ve written about it before and you”ll be aware of the issues.
But I wanted to tell you about how we got to where we are today, and why I think that is relevant to how we adapt to a ...more