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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: 448
Latest Activity: on Friday

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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Comment by Hermione Taylor on Friday

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

Comment by Danielle Anderson on November 10, 2014 at 10:14

With the year soon drawing to a close, we're starting to turn our attention towards planning for 2015.  I've created a tool that provides a refreshing alternative to tradition business planning and provides the clear, easy steps that you need to follow to go from dream to reality.  

You can find out more, sign up for an early-bird discount, or enter for a chance to win a free copy.

http://www.stepandstone.co.uk/gettheguide

Comment by Jeff Mowatt on November 8, 2014 at 9:08

The case of John McArthur, sanctioned by the DWP for refusing to work without pay, arises during this #LivingWageWeek. John works for a social enterprise which is also a charity.

http://www.p-ced.com/1/node/357

 

Comment by Jeff Mowatt on November 8, 2014 at 8:47

it's been something of a dilemma for me that our business plan declared adherence to a living wage policy, when it came to the point that I could not pay myself. The current situation is that the company has no employees and pays no-one.  It's a reasonable to inflict this on oneself perhaps, though not on others.

Comment by David Floyd on November 8, 2014 at 0:51

I agree with criticisms of zero-hours contracts for employees who don't run the company - at least, those zero-hours contracts that demand employees are available to work and can't seek other work but don't commit the employer to providing any work - but not sure there's an ethical issue in giving a zero-hours contract to yourself. 

Comment by Jonathan Bishop on November 7, 2014 at 22:44

Hi Lisa - I'm the director of a company limited by guarantee. I don't pay myself as a PAYE employee of this, even though for many legal purposes I am classed as an employee. You should check your organisation's constitution, as in most not-for-profits the directors or trustees are not paid. You should find in that constitution it will say that directors can get paid for the work they do professionally for the firm, just not their work as a director. In my case I am self-employed and responsible for my own income tax and National Insurance and the firm pays me as a sub-contractor when I provide services beyond being a director - as indeed do all other members, who are not employees either. For the purposes of the Office for National Statistics we are employees, even if for the purposes of HMRC we are not!

 
 
 

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