• Could tech make democracy more popular than populism?

    A report by the innovation foundation Nesta looks at ways to bring democracy into the 21st century. Panellists at the launch had sharpened their knives.

  • Pioneers Post Quarterly Issue 7: read the digital version here

    Issue 7 of our magazine is out now. Read our exclusive interview with minister for civil society Rob Wilson, then find out how other social enterprise leaders feel about government's relationship with the sector. Plus: NatWest Social Business Award winners profiled.

  • Global social innovation round-up #40

    We're heading down under to find out about a state-wide social enterprise strategy and one country's first social impact bond. Then we're heading home for a new way for schools to fund the things they need to better educate pupils.

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Half of Futurebuilders loans now repaid

£58.5m of the landmark fund's loans have been repaid. The money will be recycled for further social investment, channelled through Access Foundation's capacity building programmes.

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HCT agrees payment by results deal with Lambeth

In a UK-first, a social impact bond is being used to launch a scheme for young people with special needs to learn to use public transport on their own. The aim is to save councils money as well as improving young people's independence.

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How do we move towards the light?

There is a lot of heavy stuff going on in the world. Rather than finding ourselves held back by a paralysis of complexity and negativity, 2017 is a year to lean into new areas of opportunity. Embrace the power of ‘heliotropy’, says Charmian Love.

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Day in the Life: Martin Leuw

The entrepreneur behind business accelerator Growth4Good made his fortune in software services. He now puts both his energy and money into growing social enterprises.