The transition to sustainable business models, if done properly, requires letting go of so much that it is actually a form of grief, writes Amina Ahmad. How, then, do we support business leaders through discomfort and loss?
Eight years after it was created amid a buzz of optimism, the Global Social Entrepreneurship Network has shut for good. Its closure has stark lessons for those supporting social enterprises, writes GSEN co-founder Krisztina Tora.
“Everything starts with imagination,” the Nobel prize laureate says, calling on social entrepreneurs to follow the lead of science fiction creators – and advising budding intrapreneurs to be “outrageously bold” in their ideas.
Despite the UK's rainy reputation, a sunny future lies ahead for Low Carbon Hub’s Ray Valley in Oxfordshire, set to power 6,000 homes and generate £10m locally, after a hugely popular community share offer and £4.4m loan from Triodos.
Eden Project co-founder Tim Smit tackled the pros and cons of social enterprise as he joined Snowball CEO Daniela Barone Soares and ecological economist Professor Tim Jackson in a debate about the alternatives to capitalism.
Most corporate employees believe they could help their firm have more positive impact – yet three-quarters say that's unlikely to happen soon. A gloomy outlook? Not necessarily – especially with growing support for intrapreneurs.
Social entrepreneurs are chronically bad salespeople, says Tom Szaky. The TerraCycle founder – and ChangeNOW speaker – on holding back on the purpose-filled elevator pitch, clever use of comedy, and taking a lead from Fox News.
Conservative MP and civil society review author Danny Kruger highlights new funds that social enterprises should watch, adding that Treasury ministers are “very supportive” of social enterprise – but also “very distracted” right now.
BlueMark's in-depth review of 30 investors – with a combined $99bn in impact assets under management – finds more than half not aligned with SDG targets, while cost constraints mean only 11% engage with stakeholders to assess their impact.
A formerly thriving local hub had become almost unrecognisable and was on the brink of closure – until a community asset transfer helped turn it back into a bustling space of support and creativity. The inside story on a Bristol centre's new lease of life.