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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.

Members: 454
Latest Activity: Dec 15

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!

Discussion Forum

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

Started by Jeff Mowatt. Last reply by Jeff Mowatt Dec 4.

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

Tags: event, free, dotforge, accelerator, social

Started by Emily Hill Aug 12.

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

Started by Heather Black Aug 11.

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

Started by Heather Black Jul 29.

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Comment by Jeff Mowatt on October 28, 2014 at 11:34

Ar first glance it might be encouraging to learn that your thinking on a people-centred form of economic development is being promoted by the EU, Cooperatives Europe and Fair Trade UK.  How this came to be however is a lot less people-centric, particularly for children with disabilities.

EU Ombudsman - People-centered business in development

Comment by Kate Caldwell on October 10, 2014 at 13:54

Hi Adrian, I would be happy to email a copy of the article on social entrepreneurs with disabilities to anyone interested (  

Comment by Adrian Ashton on October 10, 2014 at 9:12

hi Kate - thanks for sharing the link re your research on social entrepreneurship and disabilities, but your paper seems to be stuck behind a paywall... is there any way of being able to share it more openly?

Comment by Graham Gardiner on October 9, 2014 at 20:43

Hello Fellow Social Entrepreneurs! 

Together with a colleague Alice Wallace and with the support of the British Library, I'm launching First Thursday, a network for businesses, social enterprises and charities that want to use entrepreneurial means to make a difference. 

Our inaugural meeting is on Thursday 6th November and is a chance to Share, Meet and learn from each other. Why not have a look and see if you fancy it. 

Hope to see you there. 


Comment by Kate Caldwell on October 9, 2014 at 19:03

Excited to share our research on social entrepreneurs with disabilities, which was recently published in Disability & Society:

Comment by Heather Black on October 6, 2014 at 21:01

If you looking for a model to demonstrate the aim, objectives, and anticipated impact of your organisation in an A3 visual, then check out Logic Models. Check out some examples here.

Comment by David Floyd on October 3, 2014 at 15:26

Just launched a project called The Alternative Commission on Social Investment to investigate what’s wrong with the UK social investment market and to make practical suggestions for how the market can be made more accessible and relevant to a wider range of charities, social enterprises and citizens working to bring about positive social change.

Details here:

Third Sector report here:

Comment by Becca Massey-Chase on September 22, 2014 at 13:51

RSA Social Entrepreneurs’ Network


Do you have an idea for how the Social Entrepreneurs’ Network could be improved? Are there topics you would like to learn about or discuss? After a break for the summer, the breakfasts that we run on the last Friday of every month are starting again, with the first one – next Friday – focussing on which speaker and subjects we should be looking at for future breakfasts. Please join us, or send me your thoughts by email.

The Social Entrepreneurs' Breakfasts - what topics would you like to see? The RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ Friday 26 September 2014, 9-10.30am

Come along and meet other people with an interest in social enterprise, and share your thoughts on how you would like to see the Network develop and what subjects you'd like to discuss at future breakfasts.

Normally it's BYOB (bring your own breakfast), but as a treat we'll have some croissants and fruit to share this month. Teas and coffees will be available at £1.50 each.

Let us know you’re coming by registering here.


Randomised coffees within the Network

We'd like to help you create new connections and discover unexpected opportunities within this network. We’re working with an organisation called Spark to offer you the chance to sign up to meet every month with another randomly selected member of the RSA Social Entrepreneurs’ Network. 

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

Best wishes,


Comment by Jeff Mowatt on September 19, 2014 at 9:19

Capitalism and Climate Change. Of all impacts on the environment, war is perhaps the most harmful of all. Could we have prevented an international conflict by focussing on people and their needs ahead of big business?

"This is a bottom-up approach, starting with Ukraine's poorest and most desperate citizens, rather than a "top-down" approach that might not ever benefit them. They cannot wait, particularly children. Impedance by anyone or any group of people constitutes precisely what the original Marshall Plan was dedicated to opposing. Those who suffer most, and those in greatest need, must be helped first -- not secondarily, along the way or by the way".

Capitalism, Climate and Cold War


Comment by Jeff Mowatt on August 12, 2014 at 16:39

In 2009 the founder of a social business had the opportunity to deliver a paper to the opening plenary of an international conference on Economics for Ecology.

He argued that capitalism threatened the very existence of humanity. That we all get to invent whatever comes next, because we must.

The theme is taken up in Naomi Klein's new book - This Changes Everything


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