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Inevitable Charities and the social economy

According to Social Enterprise UK,  social enterprises

  • Are businesses that aim to generate their income by selling goods and services, rather than through grants and donations
  • Are set up to specifically make a difference
  • Reinvest the profits they make in their social mission

They should

I heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin'

"I heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin'
I heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard

And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall." - Bob Dylan

Huffington Post rethinks capitalism

To be more accurate, Huffington Post published a blog about rethinking capitalism. The essence of it is harnessing the power of profit for social benefit. it refers to the concept of Creating Shared Value from Harvard's Michael Porter.

The confused view of social enterprise at the FCO

"The idea of most business activity is to earn profits which can be paid to the shareholders who invested in the enterprise in the first place.  The difference with social entrepreneurship is that the profits from the initial start-up capital are ploughed back into local communities.  Such enterprises go back to 1844 in Britain after the industrial revolution, when the first co-operatives were founded in the mill towns of Lancashire in Northern England."

Accidently, On Purpose - blowing out candles

It was a tweet that drew my attention this morning from On Purpose

"International social innovation goings on from our friends . Great to raise sights beyond the UK! "

#Ukraine - Where can a social enterprise go for help?

According to the IP Commission  Report, the IP of a publicly traded company accounts for an estimated 70 percent of its value.

The IP of a social enterprise is its social value, delivered as benefit to society. A value calibrated in terms of people rather than profit.    

Are you serious about good business?

In his seminal paper , our late founder concluded.

Community before Profit in the Forest of Dean


The slogan for Yorkley Court Farm is Community Before Profit and they're taking a stand against local property developer, Brian Bennett.

Think Pottersville in 'It's a Wonderful Life' and you'll have the image. Bennett wants to build a new village    

#Ukraine Marshall Plan - Michel Barnier is in the shit

Aside from his role as an EU Commissioner Michel Barnier is vice-president of the European People's Party

In 2012, it was Commissioner Barnier who responded to a letter from one of our local MEPs, Sir Graham Watson. It was written in support of my claim that our work on a 'Marshall Plan' for Ukraine was being plagiarised by an EU Social Business Consultation.

Michel Barnier's reply was one of denial but suggested scope  for future cooperation


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