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?

Social return on investment: what matters

There has been a lot written on the technicalities of social return on investment (SROI). Much of this is very important and useful, but it can sometimes drill down too far to the nuts and bolts of a process and neglect to address broader contextual issues. For the uninitiated and for those who prefer an … Continue reading Social return on investment: what matters

my new research project: social innovation finance ecologies

Congratulations to me! Today I learnt that the School of Social Sciences has very kindly decided to fund  an exploratory project to investigate what I'm calling social innovation finance ecologies. Building on previous research exploring the organisational conditions for social innovations in cities ( specifically faith-based social innovation), this project seeks to understand how  finance ecologies … Continue reading my new research project: social innovation finance ecologies

social innovation ecologies

I'm using this blog to do the inelegant thing of thinking through a research project, so bear with me for a while. What I've come to realise over the past few months - spanning our research project into faith-based social action and time in Mumbai  - is that social innovation can happen at any time, … Continue reading social innovation ecologies