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Social Entrepreneurs Network

The Social Entrepreneurs Network is a network for all those interested in social entrepreneurship and social enterprise. The aim is to solve some of the practical challenges faced by social entrepreneurs.

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Latest Activity: on Monday

Thank you for joining the RSA’s Social Entrepreneurs Network!

Please use this online to start discussions, seek advice, post events of interest and to find other social entrepreneurs who might be interested in collaborating. If you are a Fellow working in social enterprise and would like to kick something off where you live, you can also talk to your local team in your region. There are also tools you can use like the four ways to engage, and the Changemakers handbook (PDF, 210KB).

The Social Entrepreneurs Network in London, hold regular monthly breakfasts (the last Friday of each month) at the RSA House and we also hold larger events looking at how we can help social enterprises.  

To find out more about how we do things, watch this recent film:

For the last two years we have followed two groups of social entrepreneurs in the Social Enterprise Spotlight case study project. Find out who they are here. We hope you enjoy being involved!

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What is the Purpose of Business? 5 Replies

At first glance, it might seem redundant to emphasize people as the central focus of economics. After all, isn't the purpose of economics, as well as business, people? Aren't people automatically the central focus of business and economic…Continue

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Join us at the Accelerating Social Innovation Conference on August 21!

Dotforge, The RSA and The Key Fund are bringing the public sector, third sector and social enterprise communities of the UK together on August 21 in Sheffield to discover how technology start-ups can be the catalyst for real positive social…Continue

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Join our next Measuring Social Impact Masterclass on the 8th September 2014

Join our next Measuring Social Impact Masterclass on the 8th September 2014@ The Hub Kings CrossMeasuring your Impact can help you =  Secure Funding - Improve marketing and sales - Monitor quality and performance -Demonstrate success - Be…Continue

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Looking for partner to support NEETs into EET for £2m bid

Hi everyone,I am currently supporting a consortium in East Sussex to submit a proposal to the Youth Engagement Fund Social Impact Bond PQQ for £2-5m. The proposed intervention is to support 500 - 1000 young people pa over a three period.We are…Continue

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Comment by Zulfiqar Deo on Monday

Hi We are releasing a beta version of an e course for support providers to entrepreneurs.  http://learningzen.com/Study/ViewCourse.aspx?CourseID=8607&Sess... .   It would be great to have your thoughts on the direction we are taking.  For example, we are proposing using Business Action Theory early on with Entrepreneurs, etc.  

Look forward to your support. 

Comment by Nicola Wilson on December 11, 2014 at 15:06

I'm currently working on the Alternative Commission on Social Investment and holding 2 round tables next week - 1 in Birmingham and 1 in Ipswich for those with an interest and some knowledge of social investment to share views and experiences to feed into our final report.  The link is here - it would be great if you'd like to come along http://socinvalternativecommission.org.uk/home/uncategorized/upcomi...

Comment by Lou Matter on December 1, 2014 at 17:23

Classification of Everyday Behaviour

 

Open drop-in workshop

12.00-14.00 17th December 2014

Tavern room at RSA House

 

An invitation for RSA fellows to explore the work undertaken by Coelition:

  • Building a comprehensive behaviour classification scheme to capture and understand the everyday behaviours of individuals,
  • Improving the tools available for quantification in the social sciences,
  • Developing a responsible infrastructure for personal services enterprise,
  • Driving a debate about the role of behavioural data in society.

 

This would be of interest to social entrepreneurs and social scientists or anyone involved in the digital personal services and privacy policy.

 

Founded by Joss Langford FRSA and Matt Reed FRSA, Coelition is a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the development of open global standards for the measurement and recording of real human behaviour with data protection designed in.

Comment by Heather Black on November 28, 2014 at 10:16

Economic Change CIC is an approved provider for the new Impact Readiness Fund. 

Grants are available to help ambitious social ventures manage their performance and increase their social impact to attract social investment and win contracts.

The new £1.5 million pilot fund managed by the Social Investment Business for the Cabinet Office will offer grants and support to social ventures to understand and improve their social impact and demonstrate improvements to investors and commissioners.

Grants between £15,000 and £150,000 will be available until late January 2015 to help ventures build infrastructure and skills required to manage their performance, increase their social impact, and attract social investment / win contracts.

Check out the eligibility criteria here http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/impactready/criteria/

Social ventures are required to work with one of the fund’s approved support providers to develop a programme of impact readiness work and submit an application. 

We have organised a pre-application meeting to engage with interested applicants who want to work with Economic Change CIC. We will provide attendees with further information about the application process, provide guidance on how to prepare your proposal and tell you more about how we can support you during the application process.

When: Wednesday 3rd December 3-5pm 

Where: Impact Hub Kings Cross, 34b York Way, London, N1 9AB

Register here: http://impact-readiness-fund.eventbrite.co.uk

We shall get in contact with all registered applicants before the meeting to check your eligibility, suitability for the fund and the right fit for working with Economic Change CIC. 

 

Comment by Marcos Menendez on November 27, 2014 at 10:16

Hi all!

Just wanted to share with you that we have just launched the world's first data co-op. You can have a look at it here: https://www.thegooddata.org/

As you know, data is becoming a source of wealth in the hands of corporations that are many times biasing our behaviour for their own benefit. We think we should regain ownership over our data.

To start doing so, we have built a service that helps us browse the web more securely while doing some good. Our Chrome extension blocks third parties from tracking us online and -if you give an additional permission- trades a small part of that data anonymously. All money earned is reinvested in TheGoodData and in charities.

Just by using the service you can apply for membership and become a co-op member.

I hope you like it and you help us spread the word as well.

Thanks!

Marcos

https://www.thegooddata.org/

Comment by Hermione Taylor on November 21, 2014 at 9:31

Hi Steve,

Afraid I don't think I'll make it, rather a busy end to the week next week.

But YES! Maria - we made it! We're now in overfunding - we've raised 110% of our target. Very happy.

Now the hard work begins...

Hermione

Comment by Maria Ana Neves on November 20, 2014 at 23:17

Hi Steve, I hope to join. 

Hermione, did you reach your goal? 

Comment by Steve Coles on November 20, 2014 at 11:47

Dear RSA Social Entrepreneurs Network,

Next Friday (28th) is our next gathering at which we'll be looking at entrepreneurship, and also having an overview of the programme for our meetings in 2015.  I have the privilege of facilitating next Friday's discussion, but am in need of some participants for a panel discussion.  If you're around and were either planning on attending anyway, or could spare an hour or so (from 9.00am to 10.30am), to take part, do let me know. 

Nothing heavy-duty would be required, just your thoughts in response to questions and discussion that I'll facilitate, on the following definition of entrepreneurship:

"…entrepreneurship is a process by which individuals – either on their own or inside organizations – pursue opportunities without regard to the resources they currently control‟ (Stevenson & Jarillo, 1990; Stevenson et al, 1999)

Do give me a shout (steve(at)intentionality.co.uk) if you'd like to take part by sharing a bit about your entrepreneurial journey.  

Thanks,

Steve

Comment by Jeff Mowatt on November 17, 2014 at 10:53

If I told you the EU were being asked to shell out 30 billion euros for impact investment would it be a concern as to who might benefit and where?

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/article/20141116095228-3207079-europ...

 

Comment by Hermione Taylor on November 14, 2014 at 13:59

Fellow fellows!

Five years ago I started up The DoNation, largely supported by the RSA Social Enterprise Network. In the last year, we've taken quite a pivot and launched our new platform, Do Good for Business. We help companies to save money by engaging their employees in energy saving, health boosting actions. 

We're now crowdfunding investment for this, and have just THREE DAYS left to hit our target. We're 94% of the way there. Any help getting us across the finish line would be very much appreciated. 

www.crowdcube.com/thedonation

Thanks!

Hermione

 
 
 

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