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The Human Rights Act in Social Enterprise

"Modifying the output of capitalism is the only method available to resolving the problem of capitalism where numbers trumped people – at the hands of people trained toward profit represented only by numbers and currencies rather than human beings.  Profit rules, people are expendable commodities represented by numbers.  The solution, and only solution, is to modify that output, measuring profit in terms of real human beings instead of numbers."

Poverty and Community Benefit Societies

In 2004, People-Centered Economic Development (P-CED) introduced its social business model to the UK.

That same year founder Terry Hallman was inteviewed by a disapora leader about his impact in Russia in the wake of the 1998 economic crisis he relates how the community microfinance bank and peer group lending helped create around 10,000 microenterprises.

#GE2015 - Does UKIP have compassion?

According to what I read today from Open Democracy, compassion is mentioned several times in their manifesto for the 2015 General Election.

Intrigued, I looked further to find an article which claimed that UKIP is "the only party to tread the line between competition and compassion."

Justifiably it was critical of Ian Duncan Smiths policy on austerity going on to say that it's a not a question about the need to get people back into work. but how to achieve that:

The Hubris of social innovation

''Big Egos and inaction' is how the Guardian described Branson's impact so far with the B Team, pointing out how little its members had invested. In stark contrast I share a story in which a pioneer invested his life.

Social Investment - Coalfield regeneration funds

A friend was contacted by telephone not so long ago by an organisation offering funding for former coafield sites. The building he uses as an office is a former pit office.

They wanted to know id he'd got plans for renovation and how much it would cost.

"A new roof and improving insulation", he said "about £100,000 I'd estimate"

"Not interested" was the response, "We want projects of half a million and over"

#Ukraine "We could potentially help you", said Erste Bank

In 2010 having discovered the Social Business Tour in Budapest which solicited ideas for social business initiatives I contacted both Grameen Creative Labs and Erste bank with our 'Marshall Plan' for Ukraine. 

Dear Jeff,

thank you very much for contacting us concerning Your microfinance inintiative in Tomsk – could you provide us with more information on the activies you are pursuing in Ukraine and Russia currently?

Capitalism beyond the B Corporation

In March 2009, in the wake of an economic crisis, our paper for the opening plenary of the Economics for Ecology conference said this of our economic system:  

Future of Capitalism: Branson, Blair, Gates and Yunus

"Capitalism is the most powerful economic engine ever devised, yet it came up short with its classical, inherent profit-motive as being presumed to be the driving force. Under that presumption, all is good in the name of profit became the prevailing winds of international economies — thereby giving carte blanche to the notion that greed is good because it is what has driven capitalism.

Should Benefit Corps ignore law in North Carolina?

'Business!' cried the Ghost, wringing its hands again. 'Mankind was my business. The common welfare was my business; charity, mercy, forbearance, and benevolence, were, all, my business. The dealings of my trade were but a drop of water in the comprehensive ocean of my business!'

- Charles Dickens

In 1999, it was a conversation online about the Ignorance and Want allegory from 'A Christmas Carol' which marked the beginning of my educttion in social innovation.


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