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?

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

UKISEEN: the next episode

I've wanted to get a Dr Dre reference into a blogpost for about a decade, and there I've gone and done it. Booya! If someone had told me five years ago, when I first waded into the murky world of social entrepreneurship education, that I'd be welcoming 30 institutions (mainly from a small geographical belt in … Continue reading UKISEEN: the next episode

The amphibious leader: taking some first steps

    After what feels like a year of slog and resistance, the social enterprise camp I've been planning has finally come to fruition, with 10 students from the University of Southampton and 10 students from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad paired on a series of business challenges set by 3 innovative social businesses. … Continue reading The amphibious leader: taking some first steps

Social entrepreneurship: a process, or a practice?

If one more person asks me what social entrepreneurship  is I'm going to print a series of vests I can wear under my clothes emblazoned with the words "don't ask me, I'm only an academic". It's not only that I'm sick of being asked for a definition (which is always expected to be pithy and … Continue reading Social entrepreneurship: a process, or a practice?

Two rising stars of the Indian social enterprise scene

This was originally published as "Social enterprise in India makes steady progress" in The Guardian, January 9th 2013. Over the past decade the social enterprise ecosystem in India has grown steadily, almost in parallel to ours in Britain. Like ours, the evolution of the ecosystem has been uneven, with a surfeit of subsidised capital for … Continue reading Two rising stars of the Indian social enterprise scene