Appetite growing for social investment – among the funders

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Blog, Funding, Innovation, Strategy

By Amanda Carpenter Sitting in a crowded auditorium at Bank of America Merrill Lynch recently listening to Bridges Ventures present their report “Shifting the Lens – A De-risking Toolkit for Impact Investment.

Governance questions and the Paul Flowers debacle

Posted by on Dec 17, 2013 in Blog, Civil Society, Governance, Resilience

by Karen hope As a recruiter of Trustees and Chairs onto the Boards of charities I am only too aware of what constitutes good governance in the recruitment process.  With the spectacular fall from grace of Paul Flowers and the disbelief as to how he came to be appointed as the Chair of Co-op Bank,

Tomorrow’s world – what inspires young people today?

Posted by on Dec 2, 2013 in Blog, Innovation, Resilience

By Jim Haywood Back in the early 70’s, I remember watching the BBC programme Tomorrow’s World with a sense of fascination and excitement.  It was my weekly window into the latest innovative applications of science and technology.  Whilst some of these didn’t quite get off the ground (floating bicycles, centrally heated ski poles and plants […]

Winning business in the public sector

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Blog, Civil Society, Funding, Innovation, Rants

By Kevin Baughen Two years ago, I wrote a piece for the Guardian website about how small organisations were struggling to even be considered to deliver local, public services in spite of the Big Society initiative claiming this was all going to change… Have you seen any evidence of change since then?  We’re genuinely interested […]