Please don’t print this week’s enormous Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Happy Ryder Cup Friday. I’m late sending this out today and I’m fully aware that by now everyone will of course be tuned in and watching Europe’s finest golfers take on the USA USA USA, rather than checking their emails. For those of you still here, this week’s edition is a veritable cornucopia of social enterprise news. Someone unsubscribed from the newsletter recently because there was ‘too much news’ – good thing they aren’t around for this one.

Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be spending much of it complaining about golf spectators who shout ‘get in the hole’ every bleeding shot.


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Unable to see the wood for the trees: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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Hola. I’m currently on a train hurtling towards the New Forest chewing through my data allowance to put this together. Why am I going to the New Forest? After the Brangelina news it seemed a sensible time to head into the woods for a weekend to take stock and regroup. Sometimes it all gets too much.

This is a pretty long newsletter, but there’s loads of good stuff happening and I didn’t want to leave anything out.

Enjoy your weekend


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Working 9 to 5: Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You

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9 to 5, what a way to make a living
Barely getting by, it’s all taking and no giving
They just use your mind and they never give you credit
It’s enough to drive you crazy if you let it.

“What do you do all day Dave?” people ask me. “Oh, you know. Sell stuff. Market things. Click my mouse and nod thoughtfully in a manner that suggests I’m very busy and important. Occasionally I print things and then tut at them”.

But people demand a fuller answer. So here it is.


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The top 10 countries to be a social entrepreneur

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Top 10 countries SE

What makes a country the best place to be a social entrepreneur?

All the ingredients needed to build your organisation, of course: injections of finance, access to talent, steady income, support and networks – and the rest.

Then there’s the bigger picture for our burgeoning sector: legislation to help social enterprises prosper; public understanding of what social enterprise is all about; reassurance that the sector is gaining momentum.

There’s a whopping great piece of research out today looking at all these factors (and more) across the world’s biggest 44 economies.

Around 900 experts in social enterprise from around the globe have given their verdict, and the results are in.

Below are the top 10 countries to be a social entrepreneur, according to the research from the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Deutsche Bank’s Made for Good programme and UnLtd. (Click on the links to see what each excels at.)

  1. United States
  2. Canada – check out SSE Ontario for info on social enterprise in Canada
  3. United Kingdom – take a look at SSE’s nine UK schools to explore social enterprise here
  4. Singapore
  5. Israel
  6. Chile
  7. South Korea
  8. Hong Kong
  9. Malaysia
  10. France

We at the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) are thrilled to see Canada named as the second-best country to be a social entrepreneur. SSE Ontario launched in 2012 and has been nonstop supporting many of the social entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs making Canada a great place to be for social entrepreneurs.

Here’s a few words from Marjorie, MD of SSE Ontario: “This report shows how far Canada has come as a country of social entrepreneurs. SSE Ontario is very proud to have trained hundreds of these vital community leaders.” Hear hear, Marjorie!

We’re also excited to see the UK in third place – though not surprised, as SSE has been supporting people using entrepreneurial approaches to complex social problems for 19 years in the UK. We now have nine schools in England and Scotland.

India comes in 14th place overall, and third for the country where “social enterprise is gaining momentum” – good news for SSE India, our newest school in Delhi.

Australia is ranked 26th place, though comes second for “ease for social entrepreneurs to sell to the public”. Australia is third for “social entrepreneurs can make a living from their work here”. Talk to the team at SSE Australia to get their take on the findings!

What do you think of the findings? Let us know @SchSocEnt and in comments below.

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Autumn 2016 courses at SSE London

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We’ve got a busy schedule between now and Christmas at SSE London, including a couple of brand new courses. Our courses our open to all – come along to learn new skills, network with great people and have some fun! We’d love to see you….

Kickstart Your Social Media Strategy
27th September 10:30am – 4:30pm
This practical workshop will help you to create an efficient and effective social media strategy for your organisation. You’ll leave with lots of tips and ideas for how you can uses social media to fundraise, make new connections, generate PR and undertake advocacy work for your organisation.
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Transition to Trading
5th + 6th October, 3rd + 4th November, 7th + 8th December
Early-bird booking still open! A six-day course that will give you the knowledge that you need to make the transition to a more diverse and sustainable income model.
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Third Sector Digital Leaders
6th + 7th October, 10th + 11th November 10:30am – 4:30pm
A digital leadership skills training programme for the leaders and senior management of charities and social enterprises.
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Unlocking Social Investment
14th October 10:30am – 4:30pm
Discounted places available! Join us for a balanced, unbiased one-day workshop designed to make sense of social finance and social investment.
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Writing Successful Bids
27th October 10:30am – 4:30pm
This one-day bid writing course for charities and social enterprises will guide you through the steps that you need to take to make your organisation’s funding and grant applications more successful.
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Developing a Fundraising Strategy
28th October 10:30am – 4:30pm
A one-day workshop that will give you the tools and techniques to ensure the best fundraising return, both now and in the future.
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Sources of Funding
23rd November 10:30am – 4:30pm
A practical workshop giving you insight into the mindset of the people who make funding decisions and what makes them tick. A panel of funders will give you the top tips that you need to win new funding for your organisation.
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Measuring Social Impact
24th + 25th November 9:30am – 5:00pm
A two day course jam packed full of the information that you need to measure your impact successfully.
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Finding New Customers And Making More Sales
29th November 10:30am – 4:30pm
Finding new customers, increasing revenue and growing your charity or social enterprise through sales requires planning. This one-day workshop will provide you with all the tools, techniques and help you will need to make this planning stage as straightforward as possible.
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Working with Corporates
5th December 10:30am – 4:30pm
Working with Corporates will examine the different ways that you can get involved with corporates, from accessing support from CSR teams through to getting your organisation on a corporate supply chain.
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