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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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Exciting new Community Energy concept and trial- Energy Local

I would like to alert you to an exciting new project in your area. Sponsored by the Catalyst programme, Energy Local  It is a new way of communities working together to get low cost electricity and use their own renewable generation directly -…Continue

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Comment by Mark Hall on Thursday

This month we will be looking at issues around the well-being & resilience of social entrepreneurs. We are running an interactive session (including a mindfulness exercise) to come up with some solutions to the challenges faced by entrepreneurs. Come and join our breakfast session at 9am tomorrow at RSA House.

Find out more & book your space here:  

Comment by Zulfiqar Deo on February 1, 2015 at 15:02

@Graham. Thanks for the post.  The British Library used to have a policy of only allowing card holders to enter the building after 6pm. It might be good to check if this is still the case.  KR Zufi

Comment by Mark Hall on January 29, 2015 at 17:22

We have a fantastic Breakfast session lined up tomorrow morning which will be led by Elodie Draper from Makes Sense.

We're kicking off at RSA House at 9am tomorrow morning... hope to see you there!

You can find out more and sign up here

Comment by Graham Gardiner on January 19, 2015 at 17:40


If you are anywhere near London on Thursday 5th Feb, I'd like to invite you to First Thursday London, a network for businesses that want to make a difference. We're at the British Library. 

And our speaker this month is Caroline Forster form the Social Investment Business.  A great opportunity to Meet. Learn. Share. 

Find out more at

Would love to see you there. 


Comment by David Floyd on December 31, 2014 at 16:05

My blog-based review of the year in social investment:

Comment by Zulfiqar Deo on December 15, 2014 at 17:44

Hi We are releasing a beta version of an e course for support providers to entrepreneurs. .   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

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

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:

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:

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.




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