The 5% rule: why universities need to show it some love

It was about this time 16 years ago that I returned to my room at the University of Warwick.  I had just returned from the Edinburgh Fringe festival (my first time, the beginning of a love affair with the city) and found, to my pleasant surprise, two letters pushed under my door. One was from the Arts … Continue reading The 5% rule: why universities need to show it some love

What’s the point of teaching social entrepreneurship?

This article appears in The Pioneer's Post https://www.pioneerspost.com/news-views/20170519/what-s-the-point-of-teaching-social-entrepreneurship Teaching social entrepreneurship makes its mark, no matter the field of work the student eventually goes into Universities are caught in a seemingly irreconcilable contradiction. On one hand, successive governments have insisted that they have to work more closely with industry, producing graduates who can seamlessly fit … Continue reading What’s the point of teaching social entrepreneurship?

Give us today our daily Lie: how we survive in post-racial society

One of the most disabling consequences of the post-racial lie is that people of colour are afraid to speak their truth. It pains me to see how deeply the Lie has penetrated our consciousness and policed our behaviour and words. Time and again we self-censor, out of fear that not to do so is to invite a world of pain on … Continue reading Give us today our daily Lie: how we survive in post-racial society

I don’t want a bullshit job: Why millenials are drawn to social entrepreneurship

  It pains and amuses me a bit when I realise that of everything I've ever written the most read article was this piece in The Conversation about 18 months ago. To spare those too lazy or discerning to read the whole thing,  I argue that in the hyper-competitive world of graduate employment, it isn't … Continue reading I don’t want a bullshit job: Why millenials are drawn to social entrepreneurship

We did it! Reflecting on the inaugural Southampton Social Entrepreneurship Showcase

And breathe. Then crash. The feeling is universal when you've just pulled off an event, but a bit more acute when you're a diabetic who skipped his lunchtime medication because he was too caught up in hosting/schmoozing duties (sshh, don't tell my GP...) Last Thursday my Social Impact Lab hosted the first ever Southampton Social … Continue reading We did it! Reflecting on the inaugural Southampton Social Entrepreneurship Showcase

The end of invisibility (or: why it’s time to stand up)

There is a sequence in Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man where the protagonist is repeatedly chastised by Brother Jack, leader of pseudo-Marxist organisation the Brotherhood, for inflaming what is termed "Negro sentiment". He is reminded that to be successful, they have to be colour-blind even if that means knowingly retarding the economic and social welfare of African Americans … Continue reading The end of invisibility (or: why it’s time to stand up)

Why I’m supporting the Race Equality Charter

It might seem a bit like rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic to speak about the kinds of campaigns I'm supporting this year given the wider, perhaps cataclysmic challenges facing UK higher education from the fallout to Brexit and the likely passing of the HE Bill. Despite that, it's important not to lose sight of the … Continue reading Why I’m supporting the Race Equality Charter