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Presentations of REACH Ely

REACH Ely, a three-year project to help communities make fuller use of their historic churches, has recently been presented to the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance and Rural Deans. Presentation at the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance in London (l-r) Timur Alexandrov…

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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 from the Cambridge Centre for Social Innovation. Lacking empirical research, charity leaders have traditionally relied upon "emotional judgements"…

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Bishop gives blessing to REACH Ely project

The Bishop of Ely, the Right Reverend Stephen Conway gave his blessing to the REACH Ely project. The Rt Revd Stephen Conway meets REACH Ely Research Associate Dr Timur Alexandrov The Cambridge project team was kindly invited to take part…

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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 firm Yoti. He discusses here the potential for digital identity systems in addressing problems in developing countries. By…

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Blue passport.

REACH Ely takes part in conferences and events

REACH Ely took part in conferences and workshops in London, Paris and Coventry to discuss the re-imaging of churches. Timur Alexandrov meets Becky Payne, Development Office of the Historic Religious Buildings Alliance and the author of Churches for Communities: Adapting…

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Project on re-imagining churches receives branding name

Re-imagining churches project given name in line with project's ambitions. On 8 October 2018, the Cambridge project team attended the Media Action meeting organised by the staff of the Diocese of Ely. The meeting was to introduce newly recruited Research…

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REACH Ely website.

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 Social Ventures programme at Cambridge Judge. Dr Belinda Bell Dr Belinda Bell, Director of the Cambridge Social Ventures…

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Seaton tower blocks in Aberdeen.

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 at Cambridge Judge Business School. Isabel Brüggemann The historic Karnak Temple in the Egyptian city of Luxor is…

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Karnak Temple.

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 essential for cross-sector development work. Perhaps unsurprisingly, people working in community organisations are not known as the most…

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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 Social Innovation Concentration is your best start. Population growth, food security, climate change, biodiversity loss, looming health crises…

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