Have I Got Social Enterprise News For You – 09.05.04

by David McGlashan

Here’s this week’s roundup of going on in the social enterprise sector.  If you have anything that you would like me to flag next week, pop me a tweet (@davemcglashan) with a link and i’ll try to include it.

1.  The focus of this article in the Harvard Business Review is social entrepreneurs in the US, but the points that Katie Milway make stand true globally: How Social Entrepreneurs Can Make The Most Impact

2.  Alexa Roscoe highlights Three Consequences of Over-Hyping Social Enterprise, arguing that ‘Putting entrepreneurs on a pedestal holds back the advancement of social entrepreneurism as a field’.

3.  If you are a social entrepreneur working within education, Teach First’s Innovation Award is open for applications – on offer is £20,000, two fixed-term salaried positions and a year’s worth of mentoring – well worth applying!

4.  Does your social enterprise export internationally?  Former SSE East social entrepreneur in residence Steve Allman wants to hear from you!  Take part in the Internationalising Social Enterprise Survey (be quick though, it closes today, Fri 9th).

5.  SSE volunteer Suzanne Cleal is ‘buying social’ and trying to purchase every day items from organisations that make a more positive social impact.  She’s written a blog piece about her first six months. (The rest of the blog is well worth reading too).

6.  SSE is part of the Social Economy Alliance (which you can sign up to for free here).  The alliance was in parliament this week presenting to a cross-party panel of MPs.  SEUK’s Peter Holbrook wrote this piece outlining what happened.

7.  Founder of the Big Issue and regular speaker at SSE London John Bird is performing a one man show at Leicester Square theater on Weds 14th May: further details and tickets

8.  If you are thinking of running a local service or taking over the management of a local building or land of community value, funding is available through Community Assets and Service Grants

9.  Elsewhere on our blog, current student Lisa Stepanovic writes about her experiences on the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme – a useful read if you are currently going through the application process! Diary of a Social Entrepreneur

10.  We delivered our ‘Unlocking Social Finance’ workshop today, so it seems a good time to share a handy resource from Big Society Capital – an online social investment query tool – if you have a question about social investment put it to their Investment Team and they’ll do their best to answer!

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