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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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An ethical ‘footprint’

Cambridge Judge alumna Georgina Hemmingway launches Footprint Cafés, a new chain of sustainable enterprise cafés, with a $150,000 donation from Dr Darrin …

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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.

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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Towards 360 degree virtue

Today many organisations want to be virtuous. It is a post-financial crash zeitgeist. Greed and exploitation is passé, so we are told. Being nice to people, the planet and making a profit is becoming de rigour. But can we really foresee a time when the Wolf of Wall Street becomes a lamb? Is being virtuous [...]

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The Social Innovation Blog

Social innovation posts from guest authors.

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 death of a language is a loss for humanity

Today there are some 7000 languages on our planet, spoken by a plethora of peoples in a huge number of cities and villages and in a menagerie of different cultures. But that number is expected to decline rapidly in the next few decades. What is lost when language dies? Hóla! We are blessed to live […]

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Inky Gibbens
Inky Gibbens

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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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