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Beneficial charging of beneficiaries

Fears that charities could weaken their legitimacy by charging for services are not borne out by the data, concludes a new study …

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Identity matters

Ken Banks was appointed a Visiting Fellow in Marketing in 2018, and is currently Head of Social Impact at London-based digital identity …

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Social innovation through housing

Housing associations are now rediscovering their radical and ambitious roots to make a big difference, says Belinda Bell, Director of the Cambridge …

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Egyptian social enterprise

Egypt’s new law restricting non-governmental organisations has created an opportunity for social enterprises to fill the void, says Isabel Brüggemann, PhD candidate …

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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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Cambridge Social Innovation Blog

Posts from our guest authors and our staff on social innovation.

Start where we are

20 August 2018. A 15-year-old girl steps up – and out of school – and goes on strike. Thousands follow Greta Thunberg’s example, collectively shaming older generations for inaction or ineptitude in the face of climate crisis. For Thunberg, even Sweden, with its relatively ambitious carbon policies, is halfhearted and too little, too late[1]. Doing […]

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Neil Stott
Neil Stott

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The Social Ideas Podcast: International Women’s Day 2019

The Social Ideas podcast shares the impact of social innovation, its necessity and its capacity to challenge the status quo.

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Pam Mungroo
Pam Mungroo

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Rebuilding community through social innovation: a PLACE model

For centuries, residents of Fogo Island, Newfoundland relied on codfish as their primary economic resource. In 1992, the Canadian government announced a moratorium on cod fishing in the North Atlantic Ocean in an effort to replenish the dwindling stocks. The moratorium, however, created a catastrophe of unemployment, forcing many Fogo Islanders who relied on this […]

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Natalie Slawinski & Wendy Smith
Natalie Slawinski & Wendy Smith

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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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