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Social innovation, over time

Community activists tend to seek urgent solutions, but a new study from the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation emphasises how patience is …

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Why take the Social Innovation Concentration?

It’s an exciting time to be an MBA with a social conscience. What problem could you take on? Whatever it is, the …

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‘Emancipatory’ social entrepreneurship

In addition to generating money, entrepreneurial activity by women in the developing world can build confidence and change broader societal attitudes, says …

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Gender and the US military

Some positive steps have been made to improve gender equality in the American military, but some simple further steps could achieve much …

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The social enterprise greenhouse

When it comes to starting social enterprises, Paul Tracey and Neil Stott “would love to see a thousand flowers bloom”. But doing …

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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.

Entrepreneurship for development

This blog explores an interesting, yet contentious example of an organisation promoting an entrepreneurship-initiative for rural development. It highlights the difficulties of introducing a set of Western market-practices into a non-Western context – namely Tanzania. Economic development in rural Tanzania may be key to alleviating the negative consequences of rapid urbanisation and to addressing the […]

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William Lightfoot & Laura Claus
William Lightfoot & Laura Claus

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Reclaiming symbols and spaces: social innovation made in (Southern) Italy

Students of social innovation[1] know only too well the power of symbols and stories. Those who look for innovative solutions to complex, wicked social problems face, first, the challenge of conceptualising and clearly explaining to others the very social evil they are trying to address. This is usually no trivial matter: the way we consider […]

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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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Owning the future of work

A lot is written about the millennial generation in the press. Maybe that they are narcissists and buy too much avocado on toast, or that they have the attention span of a goldfish and are addicted to social media. Invariably these opinions are put forward by people with a very selective knowledge of the issues […]

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Simon Ball
Simon Ball is an award winning filmmaker and member of Blake House Filmmakers Cooperative, where he creates films to raise awareness and amplify impactful stories for progressive charities, academics, social enterprises and cooperatives.

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The Social Innovation Blog

Social innovation posts from guest authors.

Entrepreneurship for development

This blog explores an interesting, yet contentious example of an organisation promoting an entrepreneurship-initiative for rural development. It highlights the difficulties of introducing a set of Western market-practices into a non-Western context – namely Tanzania. Economic development in rural Tanzania may be key to alleviating the negative consequences of rapid urbanisation and to addressing the […]

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William Lightfoot & Laura Claus
William Lightfoot & Laura Claus

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Reclaiming symbols and spaces: social innovation made in (Southern) Italy

Students of social innovation[1] know only too well the power of symbols and stories. Those who look for innovative solutions to complex, wicked social problems face, first, the challenge of conceptualising and clearly explaining to others the very social evil they are trying to address. This is usually no trivial matter: the way we consider […]

Author information

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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Owning the future of work

A lot is written about the millennial generation in the press. Maybe that they are narcissists and buy too much avocado on toast, or that they have the attention span of a goldfish and are addicted to social media. Invariably these opinions are put forward by people with a very selective knowledge of the issues […]

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Simon Ball
Simon Ball is an award winning filmmaker and member of Blake House Filmmakers Cooperative, where he creates films to raise awareness and amplify impactful stories for progressive charities, academics, social enterprises and cooperatives.

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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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Technology Transfer, Spin-offs and Social Enterprises

Social entrepreneurship and technology transfer: how to bridge the gap between academics and practitioners?

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