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“When you do the common things in life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.” George Washington Carver

What is Social Entrepreneurship?

Statement of Faith
You can find other “Market with Meaning” but you definitely want to see “Profit with Purpose”.
I personally “Believe in Kingdom Transformation” because I know there is only ONE “Life for Significant”.

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日期: 2010年8月4日,星期三,下午3:45

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ClearlySo Newsletter July 2010

Keeping you informed about the social business and enterprise sector, and ClearlySo’s progress.

Dear Houghton,

With news of a fantastic new photography competition, here’s what we have for you this week:
  • Picture perfect: We’re launching a brand new competition to paint a portrait of the social enterprise sector 
  • Best of the Blogs
  • Social Business Conference – latest speakers confirmed
  • Social business of the week
  • ClearlySo membership – special offer 
  • News roundup 
Read on and enjoy!

Tom and the ClearlySo team

P.S. Please forward this to anyone you think would be interested, and help us raise the profile of our member businesses. Forward to a Friend

Photo finish
photo competitionA picture says a thousand words, so they say. With that in mind, we’re launching a brand new competition to capture a unique snapshot of the social enterprise sector. 
  • What we’re looking for: We need high quality photographs of social entrepreneurs in action. It can be individuals you’ve helped, people at work – as with this cracker from Barefoot Power – or even something a little artistic. As long as it catches our eye and encapsulates the work you do, we want to see it.
  • What you’ll get: We’ll place all entries onto an online gallery dedicated to social enterprise, with the best adorning our walls here at ClearlySo Towers. The winner will receive a free ticket to our Social Business Conference.
  • When we need it: The competition will run throughout August and September. Send entries digitally as jpegs, ideally in a resolution high enough to be printed in A2 format. If that’s not possible then just go for the largest setting your digital camera will allow.  
The deadline for entries is 17th September. For more information, or to submit your photographs, contact me now.

Best of the Blogs
Leah WarshawskiThis week from the blog…
  • Is it ethical for microfinance firms to make large profits?
  • Rodney Schwartz is pleasantly surprised by a meeting with civil society minister Nick Hurd.
  • Changing Africa’s narrative – we meet an emerging social entrepreneur helping young Rwandan film makers find their voice.

Case study: Marketing magic
Social media marketing is a difficult challenge for all businesses. The opportunities seem vast, but making it work for your business can be a struggle. However, one social entrepreneur seems to have found a simple and effective tactic: be nice to people and they will be nice back.

When Jane Mason of Virtuous Bread came up with the idea of a bake off to highlight the value of the country’s independent millers, she got a little more than she bargained for.

Before long, the BBC were heading her way to chronicle the momentous event, while all 30 members of the Millers Guild were breaking down her door to get involved. The result – fantastic nation-wide coverage both for herself and her suppliers. Find out more about Jane and her company here.

Social enterprise of the week
With the jobs market still looking perilously weak, disabled people are increasingly finding themselves excluded from full time employment. Operating ten businesses in 54 different locations, Remploy provides employment services for people with disabilities and health conditions.

Working out of 27 recruitment offices in the UK, it prepares jobseekers for the workplace arming them with skills that will prove valuable for future employers.

For more information about how they work, visit their profile now. 

Social Business Conference
The Social Business Conference is moving along nicely. We have a number of new speakers confirmed who will offer all sorts of advice and information to help social entrepreneurs drive their companies forward.

Among the speakers appearing this year will be Dai Powell of the HCT Group, who will provide information and advice on raising capital. Barry Coleman of Riders for Health will deliver the keynote lunchtime address, while Anthony Ross of Bridges Ventures will be taking part in the social surgery. 

The Social Business Conference takes place on 13th October at LSO St Luke’s on London’s Old street. Other speakers will be added soon, so watch this space.

ClearlySo membership – special offer
Throughout August we’re running a special promotion for all new SBEs. Any social business that takes full paid membership of ClearlySo will automatically be entitled to a free ticket to the Social Business Conference on 13th October.

ClearlySo members receive a range of benefits including:
  • Access to new audiences – raise the profile of your business among social commentators, journalists, government and investors
  • Save money with discounted business services from a range of specialist ethical suppliers
  • Access new capital – use our looking for capital feature to find the right investor for you and your company
  • Network with other socially orientated businesses from all over the world
To take advantage of this special offer, sign up now.

Join the revolution
Here’s our roundup of the latest news to hit the social enterprise sector.  

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That’s all for now. Have a great month. In the mean time, do check up on www.clearlyso.com for all the latest developments in the world of social enterprise.


Tom Cropper

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