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?

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

Bees, trees, solid and liquid churches

      The bees and trees description has long been used to explain how social innovation flourishes. This is unfortunate because I'm terrified of bees (though they only stung me when I was pre-pubescent, for some reason). It refers to a  symbiosis between  highly resourced, stable institutions and mobile, flexible entrepreneurs. On the one hand, institutions … Continue reading Bees, trees, solid and liquid churches

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

The People’s Library: low-tech social innovation & optimism of the will

I've been reading about the brilliant People's Library at New Cross on the RSA blogs courtesy of Sam Thomas. On the face of it, this is a Big Society triumph. In the face of swingeing public funding cuts of £88 million, 5 libraries in Lewisham faced closure. Funded by no more than £2,000 from the RSA's … Continue reading The People’s Library: low-tech social innovation & optimism of the will