No idealism please, we’re academics

I realise now what's been irking me about current research on social entrepreneurship. There's a lot of it, but I haven't read anything that's vaguely idealistic. Technical scuffles about the definition of social entrepreneurship wholly miss the point about the concept; they have some token value in academia's echo chamber, but they don't come close … Continue reading No idealism please, we’re academics

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

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

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 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

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