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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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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? 3 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

Started by Jeff Mowatt. Last reply by Jeff Mowatt Sep 5.

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 Adrian Ashton on June 23, 2014 at 18:18

hi Alicia - this is a theme that comes round regularly in social enterprise land, and to which there as many views and lengthy debates....

however, there's a consensus that this recorded webinar introducing the different principle routes through which a social enterprise can incorporate itself is a good 'primer' - (especially as there are 14 different legal forms in total to pick from...)

and I'm told I have a reputation for social enterprise legal forms, governance, and financing, with various national sector bodies (including some of the regulators!) so happy to find a time sometime to have a chat if you'd like - just direct message me :-)

Comment by Alicia Weston on June 23, 2014 at 17:45

Need some advice on incorporation

Dear all, I'm setting up a new entity which at least initially will be dependent on grant funding.  It may be in the future we may be earning money from trading but at least in the first instance it will be grant funding.  I was looking into CIC status but our main criteria is that we need to be something that foundations are happy to grant money to.  Does anyone have any advice on this at all please?  

Comment by Maria Ana Neves on June 17, 2014 at 14:17

well done Alicia and Park Holmes Supper Club! That is brilliant news - worth celebrate!

Comment by Alicia Weston on June 17, 2014 at 14:12

A Social Enterprise listed as "London's #1 supperclub" but Go! London on London Live TV last night...  yes, we beat all the for-profits to be listed as #1!  would love to see some socents attending, do make yourself known if you do! 


Comment by Peter Ashby on June 17, 2014 at 9:07

Good idea Becca - Ive signed up. Now we wait - if only 2 of us - it will be an easy random meet! if 2000 that will really keep us going! Lots of promotion needed. Please post when 200 have signed. All best wishes

Comment by David Floyd on June 17, 2014 at 8:06

Blog post on social enterprise v PLCs and a new approach to social investment:

Comment by Becca Massey-Chase on June 16, 2014 at 9:26


Do you want to get to know more people in the RSA's Social Entrepreneurs' Network? 

We'd like to help you create new connections and discover unexpected synergy and opportunities within this network.  So we’re working with an organisation called Spark to offer you the chance to sign up to meet another, randomly selected member every month and see where serendipity leads.  

We've been trying something similar with the staff at the RSA and it's been really successful.  You can read about it here:

We’re excited to see how this might work in a different network, and look forward to hearing your thoughts (and whether you think it might work in other ways at the RSA.)  Spark is also working with an MIT-Harvard alumni group, with great feedback so far.

If you’d like to take part, please register on this dedicated webpage.  All you need to provide is your name and email address (other details are optional). 

If you have any questions about how it all works then don’t hesitate to ask. 

Best wishes,

Comment by Adam Timmins on June 10, 2014 at 9:34

You can read more about the Gifted Citizen initiative, the Fellow that's leading it and our partnership with them in my blog:

Comment by Adam Timmins on June 10, 2014 at 9:30

Want to win a $100,000 grant for your social enterprise? RSA Partner Gifted Citizen is now taking entries for its international Prize!

Comment by Jeff Mowatt on June 3, 2014 at 17:47

Jody Wiiliams said " Do One Thing" Gandhi said "Be The Change".

Did anyone say "speculate one thing" or "Talk the Change"?  

Only in the City of London perhaps


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