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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!

Discussion Forum

A new local energy market to reward communities for demand shifting & small scale renewables 3 Replies

I'd like to highlight a new initiative I am involved in.  Social Enterprise, Energy Local is trying to pilot a new market model.  By aggregating electricity smartmeter data and using automatic load control we want to demonstrate how a community can…Continue

Started by Mary Gillie. Last reply by Mary Gillie Apr 15.

Does making money make us heartless?

Does the word "money" break you out into a cold sweat and cause you to panic? If you act from your heart and follow your passion, you may start to wonder if it's disingenuous to earn a decent living from it. But people have told me what it's…Continue

Started by Danielle Anderson Apr 15.

** Join Talk to me London to kickstart a campaign to get Londoners talking **

Hello fellows!I wanted to tell you about a project we're working on with the RSA.It can be hard to connect in big cities: you can sit next to a stranger for hours without exchanging a word. Talk to me London Day - …Continue

Tags: loneliness, isolation, wellbeing, cohesion, talking

Started by Ann Don Bosco Apr 14.

Join our next Measuring Social Impact Masterclass

Dear RSA members, Join our next Measuring Social Impact Masterclass on the 14th May or 2nd July at The Hub Kings CrossMeasuring your Impact can help you ->  Secure Funding - Improve marketing and sales - Monitor quality and performance…Continue

Started by Heather Black Apr 11.

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Comment by Becca Massey-Chase 18 hours ago

Hi all, the breakfast tomorrow is on 'The Age of No Retirement'

This month are being joined by Dr Jonathan Collie of Trading Times, a new online social enterprise that matches the skills and availability of over 50s and family carers with the flexible ad hoc resource requirements of local businesses. 

According the UK Office for National Statistics, there are over 22 million people over 50 in the UK, and Carers UK report that 6.5 million British adults are carers, many of whom have skills and experience to offer and are looking for work on a flexible basis.

This breakfast meeting will give you the opportunity to 1) find out more about Trading Times (and how it might benefit your social enterprise) and 2) to feed into their project 'The Age of No Retirement' - a week long event that hopes to be the biggest exploration in history of the role and meaning of work in our lives.

Jonathan would like your feedback on: 

  • Debate topics and format design

  • Event outcomes (meaningful, measurable, beneficial)

  • Who the key targets and stakeholders are.

See you tomorrow!!

Comment by Nicola Wilson yesterday

Is there a breakfast meet this Friday?

Comment by David Floyd on April 15, 2014 at 11:04

My blog-based response to Nesta's recent report on social venture incubators:

Comment by Ann Don Bosco on April 14, 2014 at 13:23

* Join Talk to me London to kickstart a campaign to get Londoners talking **

Hello London fellows!,

I wanted to tell you about our RSA-supported kickstarter campaign to transform London into a conversational metropolis!

It can be hard to connect in big cities: you can sit next to a stranger for hours without exchanging a word. Talk to me London Day - - aims to change this through a day that will include public art, events, badges and much more to get Londoners talking.

The day aims to highlight the importance of talking in reaching broader societal goals such as reducing isolation, improving well-being and strengthening communities. It builds on the success of a week-long pilot project, ‘Talk to me SE London,’ held last October in collaboration with the RSA Connected Communities programme.

The RSA-backed project has now raised 89% of its target and you can read about it in Time Out London’s blog.

We’re not there yet though - your support, through donating and sharing with friends, will help us make Talk to me London Day a reality and help us create a society in which Londoners feel able to talk to each other. We would like to reach our target as soon as possible to show the appetite for the project - ideally we’d also like to go beyond the target as we have plans to make the day even bigger. Just go to to find out more!

Thank you in advance for your support! 
Ann Don Bosco, Co-founder, Talk to me London

Comment by David Floyd on March 26, 2014 at 15:04

New blog post on Locality report on failure demand in public services:

Comment by Jeff Mowatt on March 7, 2014 at 16:45

When a former directoir at Merrill Lynch speaks disparagingly about Social Impact Bonds I'm all ears. His name is Guillermo Maclean

Comment by Mary Gillie on March 6, 2014 at 22:12

Nick O'Donohoe's attitude is interesting but they miss the whole point of social enterprise.  The benefits are not on one balance sheet and many are difficult to put monetary value on.  The format of finance needs to be different and flexible.  BSC are still trying to force social entreprise in to a conventional finance straight jacket.

Comment by solomon bin david on March 6, 2014 at 4:37

Once Again, Samsung Clippings in Android Enterprise Usage 

Currently, more than half of android devices being used in the enterprise are made by Samsung as per the report from mobile device management company Fiberlink. The company surveyed more than 250,000 devices worldwide and comes to know this.

Comment by David Floyd on March 3, 2014 at 10:05

Here's an interview I've done with Nick O'Donohoe, chief executive of social investment organisation, Big Society Capital:

Comment by Becca Massey-Chase on February 21, 2014 at 18:42


Here are the details of some of the upcoming social entrepreneurs’ breakfast meetings that we hold at the RSA on the last Friday of every month. Please feel free to pass these on to friends or colleagues. Let me know if you’d like to suggest a future topic.


Friday 28 February: Finding the right size for your social enterprise

This will be a very discussion-focused breakfast, so please come prepared to share your experiences. We will be joined for part of the session by Ben Dellot of the RSA’s Action and Research Centre, who is currently working on the project  Everyday Entrepreneurs to Everyday Employers,  which explores the barriers when going from being a lone entrepreneur to 'employing another’.

Register for this event here.

Friday 28 March: Social investment and repayable finance

Organised by David Floyd FRSA from Social Spider, this breakfast gives participants the opportunity to find out more about how they could fund their social enterprise through social investment and repayable finance. We will be joined by Candice Motran, an Investment Associate at Big Society Capital, and Seva Phillips, an Investment Officer in the CAF Venturesome team. 

Register for this event here.


Friday 25 April: Engaging different generations

We will be joined by Dr Jonathan Collie of Trading Times, a platform which connects local employers with experienced, skilled people – the over 50s and family carers. 


The full details are TBC. You can register for this event here.


This is a Fellow-led Network and these events are for you – so please let us know how we can improve them and suggest topics that you would like to discuss.  You can do this by emailing me, or filling out this survey


Review of RSA Fellowship nings, social networks

Recently the RSAde Group reviewed and consolidated various social networks.  Each RSA region now has a dedicated space with an aim of improving communication and reducing fragmentation. 

If you would like further information on these changes please contact the RSAde team via the Digital Engagement group on this network. 

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