Different strokes? Higher education and the T-shaped leader

      In my last post I explored how the concept of social leadership has, despite many different expressions over the past few years, settled on some core themes: operational agility, multidisciplinarity, and global astuteness. All prize mobility, flexibility and a form of network fluency. Several commentators remarked that the supply of leadership talent of … Continue reading Different strokes? Higher education and the T-shaped leader

On social leadership: can universities rise to the challenge?

In just over 6 weeks we launch the first in our International Social Innovation Challenge Series, in partnership with OP Jindal Global University and Lahore University of Management Sciences, and supported by the British Council. 25 of the best and brightest students from each university will be working collaboratively on the issue of empowering women in safer … Continue reading On social leadership: can universities rise to the challenge?

Indian social enterprise: what should it be for?

I've been to a lot of events in India over the past year when incubators and (institutional) impact investors  have reiterated the same complaint: the slow pace of technological innovation for social purposes, and the consequent  lack of investible technology based social enterprises. Unsurprisingly, we've seen a flurry of competitions for new product innovations, particularly in … Continue reading Indian social enterprise: what should it be for?

Social entrepreneurship in Vietnam: the virtues of late adoption?

In any field there's always a thrill attached to early adoption. The truth, however, is that early adopters often make the biggest mistakes and being the first mover is not necessarily the best place to be. Think of middle-distance runners; those who set the early pace are not always those who finish strongest. Vietnamese universities … Continue reading Social entrepreneurship in Vietnam: the virtues of late adoption?

Four words for George Monbiot: picture abhi bakhi hai

Dear George, Like most sane people, I agree with you most of the time, most often when you indict consumerism as the cause of a post-social collapse that is slowly, and in the most miserable way possible, killing us. As you say, we’re lonelier than ever, less trustful of those who govern us, and less … Continue reading Four words for George Monbiot: picture abhi bakhi hai

No straitjacket required: Why we won’t evangelise social enterprise

Let’s face it: there are lots of people who are frustrated, even infuriated, that social entrepreneurship cannot be reduced to social enterprise. For these people, concepts such as social business have the power to redeem the bankruptcy of markets and the decrepitude of charity. It is social enterprise, after all, which is the backbone of … Continue reading No straitjacket required: Why we won’t evangelise social enterprise