Reflections on social impact assessment in India & the shape of social impact measurement 2.0

Having just returned from 3 breathless weeks in India, and having spent much of it interviewing or working with social purpose ventures from a range of sectors, my head is full of social impact-type thoughts. I had the great privilege of working with early stage social entrepreneurs in Mumbai working on solutions to problems as … Continue reading Reflections on social impact assessment in India & the shape of social impact measurement 2.0

How Satyamev Jayate can catalyse a social enterprise movement

This piece was published on redhotcurry.com,  18th August 2012 and as an editorial in the Hindustan Times in September 25, 2012:  http://www.hindustantimes.com/News-Feed/Editorials/Just-maintain-the-momentum/Article1-935621.aspx By all measures, Aamir Khan's and Star Plus'  Satyamev Jayate has been a phenomenal success. Viewing figures surpass anything shown on Indian Sunday mornings since the Mahabharata and Ramayana serials in the 1990s. … Continue reading How Satyamev Jayate can catalyse a social enterprise movement

social enterprise, social capital & the university

Last week I attended the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship's Research Colloquium for the first time. A big thanks goes out to Alex Nicholls for inviting me. As a social innovation thinker empirically rooted in the UK and India, it was fascinating to learn from other scholars from around the world (some of whom were also practitioners). … Continue reading social enterprise, social capital & the university

the social investment state: part II

This blog post follows on from last week's. While the first post discussed the role of the state as a co-investor and legislator, this post addresses issues of investor readiness and research. Building investor readiness  As grant funding is slashed, the viability of the social economy will rest on the ability of social ventures to … Continue reading the social investment state: part II

the social investment state: part I

There's been considerable uncertainty about the ways in which the so-called "Big Society" connects up to a broader political economic stance during the "age of austerity". There is a simplistic account of the relationship which goes something like this: the government has launched an ideological war on the state, and expects the third sector to … Continue reading the social investment state: part I

The trouble with SROI: is it time to ditch the ratio?

My past week has been dominated by heady talk of socialised investment and a new imagining of citizenship where local investment is central, both at the RSA and at the University of Southampton. The Building Better Bristol project, which I'm now fortunate to  be a part of, promises to devolve the impetus and the resources … Continue reading The trouble with SROI: is it time to ditch the ratio?

The university as a social innovation hub

  I met with Southampton University's  Community Liaison Officer even before I officially started my post in October 2010. That's a measure of how keen (and green) I was to get involved in the University's community engagement work. Having returned to the city of my birth and childhood, it seemed only natural that I would … Continue reading The university as a social innovation hub