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How to make the right decision

Competing demands can sometimes hamper your ability to make the right decision, but new research suggests there may be a better way. …

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Venturing forth: Goshawk Communications

Anyone who has tried to hold a mobile phone conversation on a noisy train knows how frustrating it can be when the …

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Organising ‘social innovation’

New study from the Centre for Social Innovation at Cambridge Judge calls for three sub-categories of social innovation – social entrepreneurship, social …

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Helping social businesses to grow

Study by University of Cambridge researchers identifies four strategies and two key methods for scaling up social businesses in developing countries in …

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‘Standing up for organisational principles’ in the face of stigma

‘Stigma’ if handled properly can bring positive outcomes for organisations by reinforcing identity and purpose, finds new academic study co-authored at Cambridge …

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Our Thinking

Blog posts from Neil Stott, Executive Director and Paul Tracey, Academic Director at the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation.

Mentors: hindrance or help for entrepreneurs?

Recently we noticed a blog from the well-established incubator programme Village Capital explaining why they no longer hold demo days. The author, Ross Baird, points out that “I’ve never seen an investor make an investment decision, ever, as a result of a pitch”. This statement is self-evidently true. And at Cambridge Social Ventures we have never held [...]

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The rise of social extrapreneurship?

Social entrepreneurship is all the rage. Delivering social impact through enterprise is lauded by politicians, policy makers and practitioners. Not only should you do well, you should do good as well. It is a message that resonates with many aspiring entrepreneurs as well as social organisations looking to make more impact or strapped for cash [...]

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No problem here…..

When issues of women rising to leadership positions arise within organisations there is much squirming in the seats by senior managers (male and female) who invariably believe (or at least articulate) there is no problem here as ability always trumps gender. Since the term ‘glass ceiling’ was coined in 1984 to illustrate the invisible yet [...]

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The Social Innovation Blog

Social innovation posts from guest authors.

The academy and everyday sexism: can we ‘undo’ gendered biases?

To female students and faculty members alike, sexism in academia is often a big, uncomfortable elephant in the room. The problem is a complex and multifaceted one, but two aspects are particularly worthy of attention. The first concerns inclusivity and the actual access of women, as well as other historically discriminated against categories, to high […]

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Lilia Giugni
Lilia Giugni
Dr Lilia Giugni is a Teaching Associate at the CJBS Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation and the CEO and co-founder of GenPol, a think tank consultancy researching matters of gender. Her PhD thesis looked at the role of ideas and discourse in the changes of political parties (University of Cambridge, POLIS Department). Lilia is also the chair of F Come, an Italian charity and campaigning organisation, which has recently led a campaign to raise awareness on the importance of sex and consent education as a tool to prevent gender-based violence.

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Board assurance for charities – do we really know what we think we know?

Governance failures have made headlines repeatedly in recent years across all sectors of the economy, and charities have not escaped scandal with high profile cases attracting scrutiny and eroding public confidence. I work with a range of different organisations at board and management level, and a common problem for boards is finding the right balance […]

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Gillian Conway
Gillian Conway
Gillian Conway, MBA (University of Warwick), is a Principal Consultant with RSM. She specialises in governance and risk management work, predominantly in the public and not for profit sectors.

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Facing up to the fourth industrial revolution

On 13 November the World Economic Forum (WEF) convened the latest meeting of its Global Future Councils in the lavish settings of a Dubai beach-side resort, and I joined as a newly elected Global Future Council Fellow. The Global Future Councils were created by the WEF to be “the world’s foremost interdisciplinary knowledge network dedicated […]

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Tom Simmons
Tom Simmons
Dr Tom Simmons is a Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow at Cambridge University and President of the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge.

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The challenges for social enterprise

Neil Stott, Chief Executive of the Keystone Development Trust, talks about the challenges of retaining social and financial returns on investment in …

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Your vote can help solve world hunger

A Cambridge Judge Business School team of students is competing in the Hult Global Case Challenge. Here they speak about their idea …

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The motivation to deliver social value give social enterprises a competitive advantage

As government budgets around the world come under increasing pressure, there is renewed interest in what public services can be better delivered …

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Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, BRAC: Want to help? First research

Proper research is vital in helping poverty stricken populations in developing countries, says Sir Fazle Hasan Abed The Chairman and Founder of …

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Caring from the community

The vulnerable elderly could be one group to benefit if new models of social enterprise were funded and developed sooner rather than …

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The Social Innovation Concentration, on the Cambridge MBA

Professor Paul Tracey draws together his wide network of leaders in the sector to deliver the highly personalised Social Innovation Concentration on …

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Stefano Scarpetta, OECD: Youth unemployment and skill mismatch

A Centre for International Business and Management (CIBAM) panel discussion entitled ‘Job Mismatch and the Pursuit of Talent’ prompted a variety of …

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