Welcome to the new discussion and networking forum for RSA Fellows throughout continental Europe. If you have a burning issue or project idea you'd like to share, why not write it here and share it with others!
"Seth Godin. His ideas on marketing apply to both business & projects and many other spheres. He is currently working hard on the book industry; changes to it by e-readers and how this impacts the spread of…"
This group is intended for Fellows who are business people engaged in commerce.You don't have to be an entrepreneur, have a social purpose, or even be profitable.Once a few people sign up we can discuss what the group might want to do and how it might do that.Remember: engaging in discussions online is important. It helps people to get to know you, and to decide whether they like you. This is crucial before they can trust you and so recommend you to their own precious networks. Even if you…See More
There's been a lot in the media about the tax avoidance strategies adopted by various multinational corporations. UK Uncut has been highly effective at raising the issue of tax avoidance and whilst (being a tax consultant) I would broadly support any person's right to arrange their tax affairs in the best way they see fit, I can understand the outrage from individuals who probably do not understand the technicalities of the UK tax system and can thus be easily led by snappy headlines. Behind…See More
"By encouraging climate change we might be able to change the (social) climate, hey?
I'm not sure I agree with your post, Alastair, but I must say that it certainly provoked some distinctly uncomfortable thoughts. I agree that, without constant…"
"Don't worry Alastair. Sport is untouchable, and will be the role model for ensuring we all drown or bake. Note F1 Motor sport. The first race of the season, having carted cars, parts, multitiudes of people etc for hundreds or thousands of…"
Nearly every single one of us equates money with happiness. We want our pigs to be treated well but we don’t want to pay for it. We don’t like working long hours but do like the lifestyle (trap) that comes with it. We expect the Government to provide for us but aren’t really happy to pay for it. Individuals frequently reassess these priorities. They go on trips to Third World countries to be horrified by living conditions and come back with a renewed love of life, nature and the world. They…See More
"The real question is how to make existing plc's more accountable. To bring local accountabiity to global businesses. In theory the mechanisms are there - shareholder meetings attended by pensions funds, over which the 'people' have…"
A conversation about how people are interpreting the concept of Big Society and does it need tightening as Matthew Taylor suggests, or might a 'baggy' concept be a strength and help more people get involved?
"I think there is a strong argument for tax breaks on investments going in to social enterprises (akin to charity Gif Aid), but I agree that tax breaks on profits is a more debateable area. On the one hand, its stupid to send tax through the…"
"I recently discovered these principles for coops, but I stil wonder who polices them?
I always thought that a co-op merely referred to joint ownership of the entity. Where all staff, rather than a few, are partners in some way.
If no-one polices…"
"One should be able to trust one's business advisor, but that trust is earned over time and should not immediately be assumed.
I agree with you Adrian that the business advisor should not be the one making the Go/No Go decision - this is the…"
@InspirateCIC is a social enterprise set up by Alastair Irvine (me) with the lofty aim ofMaking money by providing accountancy and tax consultancy servicesTo support disabled entrepreneurs & social firmsFor a sexy diagram explaining this please go here (pdf). It is early days for the company at the moment,…See More
Journalist and trend forecaster James Wallman explains why more and more of us are suffering from “stuffocation” – where instead of feeling enriched by the things we own, we are stifled and overwhelmed by them.