The failure of the school bus to turn up this morning and consequent need to drive my youngest in to school gave me the unexpected pleasure of a few minutes after 9 listening to Radio 4 - and hearing Deborah Cadbury talking about her latest book The Chocolate Wars.
In this discussion, in this particular history, there was much to learn about social enterprise.
Many know that the great names in English chocolate – Frys, Terrys, Cadburys and Rowntrees - were Quakers. George Cadbury once worked for John Rowntree! And many people in social enterprise know that Quakers have been crucial to its history too – Scott Bader for example. But few are aware either of the extent of Quaker enterprise or the extent to which it was driven by Quaker / social enterprise principles: that wealth creation should fund social benefits, that fair trade is essential, that reckless debt is ...more