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Fw: Plunkett Weekly News 22-10-2010

2010 年 10 月 30 日
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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?

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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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主題: Plunkett Weekly News 22-10-2010
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日期: 2010年10月30日,星期六,上午1:06

Dear all,

Please find attached the Plunkett Weekly News for the week beginning 22-10-2010. This week:

Plunkett Foundation News:

-Join the Plunkett team! New opportunities on our Making Local Food Work programme

-Better Business: 10th Annual Rural Social Enterprise Conference 2010

-Community Shops Network and Local Food Exhibition, Suffolk

Co-operatives and Social Enterprise News:

-Plunkett Foundation welcomes Government commitment to exploring a mutual future for the Post Office

-Community Transport Association?s England Policy Conference

-Good Deals 2010: Social Enterprise Conference

-Social Enterprise Day: 18 November

-Telegraph Magazine?s Best Small Shops in Britain 2010

-Celebrate the UK?s leading young social entrepreneurs

Farming and Food News:

-Vacancy: Local Food Linking Project Manager, Totnes

-9 in 10 consumers have an interest in buying local food in the future

-Leaked report?s proposals good, says Copa-Cogeca

-Soil Association appoints Browning as new Director

Rural Development News:

-Extra funding for community buildings

-Local Enterprise Partnerships: Rural Winners and Losers

International News:

-CCA Lobby Day focuses on international development

Very best wishes,

Katherine Darling

Media & Communications Officer
Plunkett Foundation

 

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Fw: Social Enterprise Coalition Newsletter 28-10-2010

2010 年 10 月 29 日

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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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2010年10月29日 星期五,Social Enterprise Coalition <newsletter@socialenterprise.org.uk> 寫道﹕

寄件人: Social Enterprise Coalition <newsletter@socialenterprise.org.uk>
主題: Social Enterprise Coalition Newsletter 28-10-2010
收件人: “Social Enterprise Coalition” <newsletter@socialenterprise.org.uk>
日期: 2010年10月29日,星期五,上午12:36

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Social Enterprise Coalition Newsletter 28-10-2010

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Social Enterprise Coalition activity

News 

Consultations

Events

Resources

Member profile

Jobs

Social Enterprise Coalition activity 

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Get ready for Social Enterprise Day!

To mark Social Enterprise Day on Thursday 18 November 2010, which takes place during Global Entrepreneurship Week, businesses, organisations and individuals in the sector are being encouraged to take part in the ‘It’s time to meet your local social enterprise’ campaign.

The activity, this year co-ordinated by the Social Enterprise Coalition, seeks to raise awareness of social enterprise in communities up and down the country, as well as build support for the movement among key audiences including the general public, politicians, business leaders and voluntary sector organisations. Social enterprises are being encouraged to open their doors, hold events and seek meetings with key influencers and decision makers in their communities. 

The Social Enterprise Coalition has produced a free pack for social enterprises and entrepreneurs, available to download from www.socialenterprise.org.uk.  It contains practical advice on how to plan an event and work with the media, as well as template materials.


Show your support for the Social Enterprise Bill

A new piece of legislation which should make it make it easier for social enterprises to deliver public services gets it’s first debate on Friday 19 November.

In July 2010, Chris White MP (Conservative Member for Warwick and Leamington) tabled a Private Members’ Bill titled “Public Services (Social Enterprise and Social Value)”.

In order to continue its passage through Parliament the bill needs to win the support of 100 MPs at the first debate.

The Coalition is advising Chris White MP’s team on the content of the bill but now we want to get social enterprises involved to show their support for the proposal.

We have produced a free pack for social enterprises and entrepreneurs available to download from www.socialenterprise.org.uk. It contains practical advice and templates to help you lobby your local MP and raise awareness of the Social Enterprise Bill.


Peter Holbrook addresses delegates at Voice10 in Cardiff

New blog post from Peter Holbrook

The Coalition’s CEO, Peter Holbrook, has been blogging again this week. His latest post looks at the opportunities open to charities should they choose to respond to drops in donations and cuts to grants by becoming more socially enterprising.

“It’s the front line, the beneficiary-led and community-owned organisations that need to be protected and protected fast. The government’s £100million transition funding is all well and good but what we really need is an enterprise fund for small and medium-sized charities that can be supported to find their socially entrepreneurial inner-selves. They need support from their social enterprise peers to find new ways to generate income and profit while achieving their social and environmental purpose along the way.  Social firms have become pretty damn independent precisely because the state was never smart enough to understand their true value; development trusts where possible have acquired assets that should enable some sustainability over these austere times; Co ops that frequently trade in consumer markets will surely survive the challenges as the Co-operative Group and the John Lewis partnership have shown through the recession.”

To read the full post, visit Peter’s blog.


Graduation cermeony at Millfields Trust in Plymouth

Shortlist revealed in national photography competition for social enterprise

The shortlisted entries to the ‘Social Vision: business at its best’ photography competition have been revealed. The competition recieved an overwhelming number of entries from social enterprises across the UK and after careful deliberation the initial shortlisting is now complete. You can find out which social enterprises are in the running here.

Now in its third year, the photography competition is for the first time being jointly run by Triodos Bank and the Social Enterprise Coalition in association with Social Enterprise Magazine and the regional social enterprise networks of England. 

The judges are currently reviewing the shortlist and will select a winner from each region and nation to be announced on Social Enterprise Day, Thursday 18 November 2010. The winners from each region and nation will then go through to the final round. The overall winner will be selected by a poll vote which will open on Friday 19 November with the winner announced at an event on Tuesday 30 November, in London.

News

Big Society

Big Society strategy for charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises

A strategy to support charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises was unveiled by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society last week (14 October).

Speaking to civil society representatives at the National Council of Voluntary Organisation’s head quarters in London, the Minister also announced he would consult on how best to improve the infrastructure that provides advice, training and funding to front line groups. 

Plans in the strategy include:

  • reducing red tape for small organisations
  • giving public sector staff the right to spin-out and form a  co-ops or mutual supported by a new network of advice and mentoring
  • give local communities the right to buy or bid to run community assets
  • continue to match fund local endowments to encourage giving
  • modernisation of public service commissioning so the most efficient and effective charities can get a fair chance to bid for public contracts. 

 Download the strategy from the Cabinet Office website.


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Social Enterprise West Midlands unveils new ambassadors for social enterprise

Social Enterprise in the West Midlands (SEWM) should receive a profile boost in the coming months thanks to a new initiative to raise awareness of the movement in key organisations such as the Chamber of Commerce and JobCentre Plus.

Employees of both these organisations and others have been recruited to learn more about social enterprise allowing them to act as advocates for the movement within their own organisations.

The scheme is being managed by Social Enterprise West Midlands, the regional social enterprise network for the area.

Melanie Mills, Business Services Assessor at SEWM, said

“There has never been a better time for social enterprise to build on its recent growth and we believe the region is in a great position to do so and tap into the Government’s desire to embrace the ‘big society’.”

Consultations

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Liberating the NHS: Greater choice and control – a consultation on proposals

The Department of Health is consulting on proposals to give patients and service users greater choice and control over their care. The proposals envisage a presumption of choice and greater patient involvement in decision-making. Proposals include choice of any willing provider, where to go for diagnostic tests, which treatment, and more.

This consultation explains the proposals in more details and seeks the views of patients, the wider public, healthcare professionals and the NHS.

The consultation closes on 14 January 2011.

For more information visit the Department of Health website.

Events

The Guardian Social Enterprise Summit 2010

The Guardian Social Enterprise Summit 2010: The key to Big Society?

16 November 2010

London

Scaling up social enterprises to deliver public services.

After a sell-out event last year, the Guardian is proud to announce the launch of the Social Enterprise Summit 2010. The event will focus on how social enterprises can deliver public services, giving practical business advice and examples of best practice from across the country.

For more information and to register your place, visit guardian.co.uk/socialenterprise.


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Good Deals 2010

15 and 16 November

London

Good Deals 2010 is the third annual UK social investment conference held in association with both National Ethical Investment Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Taking place over two days the conference will feature speakers from the worlds of mainstream investment and corporate business, as well as looking at leading examples of innovation in social investment from around Europe.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Sir Ronald Cohen, chairman of the Portland Trust, the Social Investment Task Force and the Commission on Unclaimed Assets
  • Colin Grassie, UK CEO at Deutsche Bank
  • Mike Barry, head of sustainable business at Marks & Spencers
  • Liam Black, co-founder of Wavelength
  • Antony Ross, executive director at Bridges Ventures
  • Caroline Mason, COO of Investing for Good and Charity Bank

For more information and to book your place visit the Good Deals website.


Examples of marketing material for Footsey 2010

Footsey 2010

2 December

Doncaster

The ninth annual Footsey trade fair is the key fixture for the social economy in Yorkshire and the Humber.

The event acts as a showcase for social enterprises to promote themselves and for buyers to procure their services and products.

Whether you’re a new or existing social enterprise or a potential customer of the social economy, Footsey can help you to meet the people you need to speak to!

For more information on attending or exhibiting, visit the Footsey website.


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South East Coastal Communities Conference; Impact and Innovation

19 November

Portsmouth

South Coast Moneyline, working with the University of Portsmouth, are delivering a one-day conference in November to provide an opportunity for national and local social enterprises to discuss key findings from the three-year funded South East Coastal Communities project.

The conference will include the presentation of a local report on the economic impact of social enterprises and the potential for collaboration between higher education and social enterprises.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Rt. Hon David Willetts MP
  • Nigel Kershaw OBE, Chief Executive of Big Issue Invest and Chairman of the Big Issue Company

This is a free event but places are limited and must be booked in advance.

For more information or to book a place contact Kim Higgs at kim.higgs@scmoneyline.org.uk or 02392 826180.

www.scmoneyline.org.uk


Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran Memorial Lecture – “Harm Reduction: the Advocacy of Science and the Science of Advocacy”

17 November

London

The Conference Consortium has established an annual public memorial lecture in memory of Alison Chesney and Eddie Killoran, both well known and respected practitioners in the drugs field in the UK over many years.

For the inaugural lecture, Professor Gerry Stimson, former Director of International Harm Reduction Association (IHRA) and honorary professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, will deliver an address entitled: “Harm Reduction: the Advocacy of Science and the Science of Advocacy”. Professor Stimson will map the evidence in support of harm reduction as well as consider the growing evidence-base in support of harm reduction advocacy approaches.

Entry to the lecture is free but numbers are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For more information and to book a place, please contact Michelle Vatin, michelle@conferenceconsortium.org

Resources

     CAN Mezzanine rent offer button

CAN Mezzanine launches great new offer exclusively to social enterprises & charities

Rent now, Move in, Pay later:  3 months’ rent free

  • This offer is for a limited period and expires on 31st December 2010, so if your organisation is looking for space, contact us quickly and arrange a viewing.  Call Gary on 020 7250 8047 or visit www.canmezzanine.org.uk/offer
  • When arranging a viewing please quote : SEC CAN Member offer (by phone) or select the SEC member offer drop down option on CAN’s web site (on-line enquiry form).
  • Offer applies to new customers only, signing a 15 month license agreement before 31st December 2010.

SECURE your place today!  BOOK a tour

“We want more social enterprises and charities to experience the many benefits that our existing customers enjoy,” says Gary Phillips, head of sales at CAN Mezzanine. “We know it’s a tough time in the sector, and we are confident that organisations can really benefit financially from this offer of move now, pay later. They can also as reap the rewards of living with like-minded social enterprises and charities.”

  • Recent research of our CAN Mezzanine customers has shown that:  92% network together, 69% socialise together, 61% have collaborated together and 41% are working together, something that is very hard to create in other office environments.
  • CAN Mezzanine provides fully serviced office space, exclusively for social enterprises and charities and has over 110 organisations based in its three central London sites.
  • CAN Mezzanine offers a unique community environment for organisations to be based in and sizes range from single desk organisations to larger organisations of 20+.
  • CAN is a registered charity that operates as a social enterprise and was awarded the Social Enterprise Mark in July 2010.

Member profile

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VIDI Media

VIDI Media provides prime outdoor advertising to promote and invest in the local community and charitable programmes.

As a social enterprise VIDI Media works in collaboration with local councils, conscious property owners and local charities, to ensure that the profits generated can be used to support local communities.

‘Business with the community at heart; profitability with philanthropy in mind.’

www.vidi-media.com

Jobs

CV

Advertise your social enterprise job here!

Advertise and search for jobs on the number one social enterprise job page. Social Enterprise Coalition members get great deals on advertising rates and it’s easy to get your job uploaded to allow you to focus on running your business.

For more information email James Yabut at james.yabut@socialenterprise.org.uk or visit our job page.

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Fw: Skoll News: Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians work together to mitigate Jordan River damage

2010 年 10 月 29 日

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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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2010年10月29日 星期五,Skoll Foundation <info@skollfoundation.org> 寫道﹕

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主題: Skoll News: Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians work together to mitigate Jordan River damage
收件人: incubator.hou@gmail.com
日期: 2010年10月29日,星期五,上午6:08

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Highlights:
  • Ecopeace-Friends of the Earth Middle East Featured on PBS Newshour
  • Major Investors and CERES Support California’s Climate Policy and AB32
  • FIXES: Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in New NY Times Column
Ecopeace-Friends of the Earth Middle East Featured on PBS Newshour
 

Ecopeace-Friends of the Earth Middle East Featured on PBS Newshour

The PBS Newshour ran a story this week highlighting the issue of water in the Middle East and the work that Ecopeace-Friends of the Earth Middle East are doing to address the challenges. EcoPeace provides reporter Fred de Sam Lazaro with an overview of the issues and demonstrates how they are working together — Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians — to mitigate and reverse some of the damage done to the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, and other areas so integral to the history of the region. Read more

mothers2mothers Expands Into Uganda

mothers2mothers Expands Into Uganda

mothers2mothers recently announced that it has successfully launched 10 new sites in Uganda. More than 20 site staff have gone through extensive training and are now providing critical Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) services in the East Central region of Uganda. m2m is headed by Skoll social entrepreneurs Dr. Mitch Besser and Gene Falk. Read more

Major Investors and CERES Support California’s Climate Policy and AB32

Major Investors and CERES Support California’s Climate Policy and AB32

Sixty-eight major investors, collectively managing $415 billion in assets and led by Skoll grantee CERES, today issued a joint statement urging voters to reject a California ballot initiative that would halt implementation of the state’s landmark bipartisan clean energy law. Read more

FIXES: Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in New NY Times Column

FIXES: Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in New NY Times Column

Friend of the Foundation David Bornstein and Tina Rosenberg launched a new column on The New York Times website today with a story on Riders for Health. Fixes, appearing every Tuesday in the Times online opinion section, will look at solutions to social problems and why they work. Today’s Fixes column tells the story of Skoll grantee Riders for Health, who made the connection between motorcycle maintenance and health care in rural Africa. Read more

Good Guys Finish First: HuffPost Readers Name Jeff Skoll and Geoffrey Canada “Ultimate Game Changers”

Good Guys Finish First: HuffPost Readers Name Jeff Skoll and Geoffrey Canada

Last month Huffington Post named it’s 100 “Game Changers” for 2010 – “100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders who are changing the way we look at the world and the way we live in it.” Three million votes later Jeff Skoll and our good friend Geoffrey Canada top that list. Read more

Bill Moyers on John Gardner

Bill Moyers on John Gardner

Last week Bill Moyers delivered a keynote speech at Common Cause’s 40th Anniversary celebration in Washington, DC, focusing his remarks on John Gardner, the founder of Common Cause and a mentor and adviser to the Skoll Foundation’s Jeff Skoll and Sally Osberg. To quote former Senator Timothy Worth, the speech, “contains the seeds of the solution to our basic, most fundamental political problem – the cancer of money in politics.” Read more

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Fw: Substantial update from Slow Money: The growth of the Slow Money Principles

2010 年 10 月 29 日

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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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2010年10月29日 星期五,Slow Money <info@slowmoney.org> 寫道﹕

寄件人: Slow Money <info@slowmoney.org>
主題: Substantial update from Slow Money: The growth of the Slow Money Principles
收件人: incubator.hou@gmail.com
日期: 2010年10月29日,星期五,上午1:05

Dear Houghton,

One of the most remarkable aspects of the launch of Slow Money has been the participation of our members and the emergence of the Slow Money Principles.  Thank You.  In this day of financial razzmatazz and uncertainty, 12,000 of us have taken the time to consider and affirm a new vision of money and the soil.

Now, Slow Money is ready to move from launch to full-scale implementation.  Slow Money initiatives are emerging around the country, money is starting to flow and our momentum is building. 

For more highlights, scroll down to see our progress report.

Fw: October Updates from the Global Impact Investing Network

2010 年 10 月 28 日

my buzz & my blog

“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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2010年10月28日 星期四,Global Impact Investing Network <info@thegiin.org> 寫道﹕

寄件人: Global Impact Investing Network <info@thegiin.org>
主題: October Updates from the Global Impact Investing Network
收件人: incubator.hou@gmail.com
日期: 2010年10月28日,星期四,上午2:48

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Impact Investing News & Events Highlights

Event Highlights

Visit the upcoming events resource page of the GIIN website for a more complete list of impact investing news coverage.

The GIIN is confirmed to attend these upcoming events:

NYU Stern School of Business Satter Conference on Social Entrepreneurs
November 5, New York, NY

Global AgInvesting Europe
November 9-10, Geneva, Switzerland

The Khemka Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
November 11-12, Hyderabad, India

European Venture Philanthropy Association
November 16-17, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

International Impact Investing Summit

December 2-3, New York, NY

Press Highlights

Visit the press clips resource page of the GIIN website for a more complete index of impact investing news coverage.

In its profile of Sun Microsystem co-founder Vinod Khosla, the New York Times highlights an increased interest among technology entrepreneurs to fund social and environmental impact through investment.
Read more >

The San Francisco Chronicle and Inc. magazine each detail the momentum of the impact investing industry at this year’s SOCAP conference.
Read SF Chronicle >
Read Inc. >

The GIIN and its initiatives were mentioned at SOCAP10 in keynote speeches by Acumen Fund’s Jacqueline Novogratz, B Lab’s Jay Coen Gilbert, and Genworth’s Ron Cordes.
View speeches >

The New York Times notes a growing push to view impact investing as an emerging asset class.
Read more >

Fast Company profiles GIIN Investors’ Council member Omidyar Network for its unique funding model which uses both impact investing and philanthropy to achieve social goals.
Read more >

The New York Times profiles GIIN Investors’ Council member Root Capital for identifying and filling a “missing middle” of financing for mid-sized agricultural cooperatives in developing countries.
Read more >

Investor Spotlight: Wells Fargo Family Wealth

Each month, an impact investor discusses with the GIIN their motivations, their impact investment strategy, and challenges they face in this growing industry. This month, we spoke to Wells Fargo Family Wealth Director of Investments, Julia Sze, who has spent the last few years accumulating knowledge and building capacity to make impact investments on behalf of her clients. Julia Sze shares her experience introducing impact investing to high net worth banking clients and describes how impact investing has enhanced her business.

Read the full interview with Wells Fargo’s Julia Sze >


IRIS 2.0 Launched – Open Comment Period Underway

Earlier this month, the second version of IRIS (Impact Reporting & Investment Standards) launched with a new website at iris.thegiin.org. IRIS is a common language for measuring, tracking, and reporting the social and environmental performance of impact investments. IRIS 2.0 incorporates feedback from industry experts, IRIS pilot funds, and other stakeholders who participated in an open comment period last year, and includes additional enhancements designed to make IRIS more relevant and accessible for the diverse businesses and funds receiving impact investment capital.

Sign up for one of three remaining webinars with IRIS Director Sarah Gelfand who will give an overview of IRIS 2.0 and the new website, as well as invite participants to leave feedback during the current open comment period lasting through the end of November. Upcoming webinar dates are:

Nov 12, 10–11 am EST
Nov 15, 9–10 am EST
Nov 18, 2–3 pm EST

Click here to sign up for an IRIS webinar >

Click here to visit the new IRIS website >


Featured Research: Investing in Clean Energy for the Base of the Pyramid in India

A new report published by IFMR Research with New Ventures and the World Resources Institute informs investors about the market potential of the clean energy industry serving India’s rural Base of the Pyramid market, by looking at its opportunities, challenges, and potential paths to growth.

Click here to read the full report >


Upcoming Events

Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network 2010 Annual Conference
November 1-5, Arlington, VA

2010 Opportunity Finance Network Conference

November 2-5, San Francisco, CA

NYU Stern School of Business Satter Conference on Social Entrepreneurs
November 5, New York, NY

2010 Annual Conference for the South African Network for Impact Investing
November 8-9, Johannesburg, South Africa

Global AgInvesting Europe
November 9-10, Geneva, Switzerland

Investors’ Circle Fall Venture Fair & Forum

November 10-12, Washington, DC

Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) Financial Fair
November 10-13, San Jose, Costa Rica

TBLI Conference Europe 2010

November 11-12, London, England

The Khemka Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

November 11-12, Hyderabad, India

Good Deals 2010: UK Social Investment Conference

November 15-16, London, England

European Venture Philanthropy Association
November 16-17, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg

2010 Annual Development Banking Conference

November 16-17, Chicago, IL

Global Conference for Social Change | United Nations

November 18-19, New York, NY

SRI in the Rockies
November 18-21, San Antonio, TX

Impact Investing Forum 2010
November 30 – December 1, London, England

International Impact Investing Summit
December 2-3, New York, NY

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Fw: Acton News & Commentary — 27 October 2010

2010 年 10 月 28 日

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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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主題: Acton News & Commentary — 27 October 2010
收件人: incubator.hou@gmail.com
日期: 2010年10月28日,星期四,上午12:17

27 October 2010

Acton Commentary

Barack von Bismarck by Anthony B. Bradley

Otto von Bismarck, the 19th century German chancellor who launched the welfare state, would find much familiar in the policies of the Obama administration. “In a Bismarckian world, only government can set the national economy right,” says Anthony Bradley. Will the “omnicompetent” state march on?  Read more »

Juan Williams’ Firing Might Produce Desired Results by Bruce Edward Walker

National Public Radio’s firing of newsman Juan Williams was not only an egregious act of political correctness, but more seriously an affront to the human dignity of a well respected analyst. Will this cost NPR its government subsidy?  Read more »


Now @ Acton

Video: Rev. Robert Sirico’s riskiest investment ever

One of the interesting things at the Acton Institute is that the brother of Acton Institute co-founder and president Rev. Robert A. Sirico is an actor.  A pretty famous actor, actually.  Father Sirico’s brother Tony is, in fact, Paulie Walnuts from The Sopranos.

Now, if you know anything about Paulie Walnuts, you know that he’s a pretty tough character: a gangster with few scruples about engaging in all manner of violence and mayhem and who regularly curses a blue streak.  And if you know anything about Tony Sirico, you know that-as his younger brother Robert has said on a few occasions-he doesn’t have to act much to play the roles that he has played.  So you can imagine that there was a touch of anxiety from certain quarters here at Acton when it was learned that Tony had been invited to introduce his brother’s keynote address at the 20th Anniversary Dinner that was held last Thursday at the JW Marriott Hotel here in Grand Rapids.

Well, we’re pleased to report that Tony successfully restrained his “French” in his introduction of his brother – “a real priest.” Watch the video at Acton’s PowerBlog.

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Fw: OpenIDEO – Jamie Oliver Winners Announced

2010 年 10 月 27 日

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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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寄件人: OpenIDEO <hello@openideo.com>
主題: OpenIDEO – Jamie Oliver Winners Announced
收件人: “Houghton” <incubator.hou@gmail.com>
日期: 2010年10月27日,星期三,上午12:52

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An Open Food Revolution with Jamie Oliver & OpenIDEO
Winners Announced for Jamie Oliver Challenge!

 We’ve seen 584 inspirations, 198 concepts and 7,354 users from 166 countries. We have produced a book which outlines this challenge, the process and the winning concepts as voted by the OpenIDEO community and Jamie. Come back to see the winning concepts and download the book!

Please feel free to build on concepts you see here, implement a concept, and share this with parents, children, teachers, the food industry and entrepreneurs.

Thanks!

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Fw: Our Fascination with Scaling

2010 年 10 月 27 日

my buzz & my blog

“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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2010年10月27日 星期三,Social Edge <socialedge@skollfoundation.org> 寫道﹕

寄件人: Social Edge <socialedge@skollfoundation.org>
主題: Our Fascination with Scaling
收件人: incubator.hou@gmail.com
日期: 2010年10月27日,星期三,上午6:39

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Global Impact Investing Ratings System (GIIRS) North American Pioneer Funds Announced at SOCAP 10

2010 年 10 月 26 日
The Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS) is proud to announce the twelve North American Pioneer Funds at SOCAP 10, the largest interdisciplinary gathering of individuals and institutions at the intersection of money and meaning.  
 
GIIRS
is a ratings agency that provides social and environmental impact
ratings for companies and funds seeking to raise capital from impact
investors. GIIRS stands for the Global Impact Investing Rating System.
The twelve leading North American impact investing funds named as GIIRS
Pioneer Funds at SOCAP 10 join thirteen leading emerging market funds
named at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in April.
 Collectively, the 25 GIIRS Pioneer fund managers represent $1.2b in
assets under management and have investments in more than 200 high
impact companies in over 30 countries.

GIIRS
Pioneer Funds will be the first funds to receive GIIRS ratings,
creating a global population of GIIRS-rated funds that, for the first
time, will give institutional investors the rigorous, comparable,
independently-assured metrics they need to channel more capital into the
emerging asset class of impact investments.  GIIRS was created by the
non-profit B Lab.

“By
committing to a rigorous third party impact rating, these funds
solidify their position as leaders in the emerging asset class of impact
investing.”  says GIIRS Managing Director and B Lab co-founder Andrew
Kassoy.  “The Pioneer funds are raising the bar, challenging other
would-be impact investment funds to join them in differentiating those
funds making a measurable impact from those simply telling a nice
story.”

North
American GIIRS Pioneer funds include City Light, Capital Core
Innovation Capital, Equilibrium Capital, Good Capital, Mindful
Investors, Murex Investments, Renewal Partners, RSF Social Finance,
Satori Capital, SJF Ventures, SustainVC, and TBL Capital.  A description
of each of these innovative fund managers is attached.

GIIRS
Fund Ratings are determined based on a roll-up of the ratings of each
of the companies in a fund’s underlying investment portfolio. A beta
version of GIIRS will be launched with the GIIRS Pioneer Funds starting
in January 2011.  GIIRS plans a public launch for Q2 2011. GIIRS builds
on the B Impact Ratings System, the ratings system that the nonprofit B
Lab developed to certify B Corporations and which has been used  by over
6,000 companies to date.  

GIIRS
has received significant investment and philanthropic capital from
Prudential Financial, Deloitte, the United States Agency for
International Development (USAID), and the Rockefeller Foundation. GIIRS
is the exclusive impact ratings partner for Investors’ Circle and is
supported by other leading impact investing intermediaries such as
Toniic, Mission Markets, the GIIN, and IRIS.

* * *
About GIIRS and B Lab
GIIRS
is a ratings agency that provides social and environmental impact
ratings for companies and funds seeking to raise capital from impact
investors. GIIRS stands for the Global Impact Investing Rating System.
GIIRS gives institutional investors for the first time the rigorous,
comparable, third party metrics they need to channel more capital into
the emerging asset class of impact investments.  GIIRS is a project of
the nonprofit B Lab.

B
Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to using the power of
business to solve social and environmental problems.  B Lab drives
systemic change through three interrelated initiatives: 1) building a
community of Certified B Corporations to make it easier for all of us to
tell the difference between “good companies” and just good marketing;
2) accelerating the growth of the impact investing asset class through
use of B Lab’s GIIRS impact rating system by institutional investors;
and 3) promoting supportive public policies, including legislation
creating a new corporate form and tax, procurement, and investment
incentives for sustainable business.

Full List of North American Pioneer Funds

City
Light Capital is a venture capital firm that invests in early stage
companies which provide not only strong financial returns, but also
positive contributions to our world. City Light invests in early stage
businesses in the US that create solutions in Safety and Security,
Education and Media, and Energy and the Environment.


Core
Innovation Capital invests in the most innovative companies serving
underbanked consumers in America. They focus scalable, technology-driven
solutions delivering the highest value to underbanked people.


Equilibrium
Capital Group is an investment management firm that is building a
portfolio of asset management companies, each charged with executing a
unique investment strategy in one of our key sectors: green built
environment; land and natural resource management; agriculture; energy;
and water.


Good
Capital is an investment firm that accelerates the flow of capital to
innovative ventures and initiatives that harness the power of the market
to create sustainable solutions to some of society’s most challenging
problems. In addition, Good Capital is committed to collaborating with
peers, contributing thought leadership, sharing their experiences, and
creating innovative products and processes that enables the market for
socially minded capital to flourish.


Mindful
Investors is an investment partnership focused exclusively on
opportunities in the rapidly growing natural and organic consumer
products market. Mindful Investors’ mission is to invest in sustainable
companies which positively impact our health and the health of our
planet.


Murex
Investments invests venture capital in high-impact, early-stage
software and technology companies. Their experience and interest is
primarily in financial mobility, learning technology and energy
efficiency, sectors that they believe to have unique transformational
potential and integral broad benefits to society.


SustainVC
invests in companies that apply for financing through Investors’
Circle, an association of accredited investors who provide “Patient
Capital for a Sustainable Future.” Capital for SustainVC’s funds is
provided by high net worth individuals, many of whom are successful
business entrepreneurs and are leaders in the field of sustainability.


Renewal2
is a social venture fund dedicated to delivering financial returns by
investing in some of North America’s leading environmental and social
mission businesses. Renewal2’s focus sectors include organic &
natural foods, green consumer products and green building products.


RSF
Mezzanine Fund is the only mezzanine fund designed specifically for
companies with high social impact. The RSF Mezzanine Fund provides
capital to help an enterprise achieve growth through a mix of debt,
warrants, royalty streams, fee notes, and/or convertible notes.


Satori
Capital is a preferred capital partner for companies that are building
significant long-term value through a sustainable approach. The firm
makes majority investments in companies with $3m to $15m of EBITDA,
across six sectors:  Consumer, Financial Services, Manufacturing,
Business Services, Mature Tech, and Retail (e-commerce).  They partner
with talented management teams to accelerate the growth of companies
that are “built to last” and meet a set of criteria they describe as
sustainability. These businesses deliver strong returns by operating
with a long-term perspective, committing to their mission or purpose,
and focusing on creating value for all stakeholders.


SJF_Ventures_New.jpgSJF
Ventures is a venture capital partnership which provides equity
financings to companies seeking expansion capital. SJF Ventures focuses
on the cleantech, business and Web-enhanced services, and premium
consumer products sectors. Representative investment areas include
renewable energy and efficiency, recycling, grid and infrastructure
technologies, organic and healthy consumer products, digital media and
marketing services, and outsourced business services.


TBL
Capital has developed an intentional, patient capital venture fund
focused on the needs of the entrepreneur while aligning our investments
with triple-bottom-line companies. TBL provides growth capital to
 companies in the consumer products, service providers, software, clean
technology, green building, health and wellness, and retail sectors.

金融猛人海嘯「橫財」打貧

2010 年 10 月 26 日
(明報)2010年10月25日 星期一 05:10

【明報專訊】記者見識少,甚少與銀行家交手,「認識」的股壇大班,就只有電視劇《大時代》裏為錢發狂的方展博;或荷李活    電 影《華爾街》裏的大鱷Gordon Gekko。要訪問投行前高層阮勵欣,記者做足功課,知道他以往年薪動輒千萬,以為他會像Gekko般說「貪婪就是好」(Greed is good),但遇上真人,卻發現他意外的隨和平實。他說,儘管自己愛財,但相信一個人愈有錢,就愈有責任幫助社會﹕「你攬住嚿錢,唔口岩囉」。所以,兩年 前他獲得一筆意外之財後,就成立了一個慈善基金,以扶助新股上市的技巧,栽培有潛質大規模發展的社會企業助人脫貧。

剛落畫的電影《華爾街金融大鱷》裏說,一名投行大班因為公司被吞併,不堪受辱自殺。不少影評人認出,該橋段是參考2008年美國    投行貝爾斯登被吞併的情節。現實是,阮勵欣的命運竟然和電影交錯,2008年初,他剛跳槽到貝爾斯登,新工未上任,就傳出公司倒閉的消息。記者很關心,他會否像電影角色一樣大受打擊?怎知事實卻完全相反。

海嘯前跳槽 未上任公司倒閉

跳槽前,阮勵欣已是政券界猛人,在法國    巴黎    銀行任亞洲部主管,曾參與蒙牛、比亞迪    、百盛、長城汽車    上市活動。後來貝爾斯登與中信證券達成合作協議,邀請他任亞洲部主管,他認為新工作更有挑戰,於是在2008年2月辭職,詎料一個月後新公司股價暴跌,3月14日他在休假時,收到一個震撼的電話。

「我當時在上海    與朋友在飲紅酒,紐約    總部打電話來,告訴我股價跌了一半,聯儲局    正和他們談判,叫我等消息。」大好前途突傳噩耗,阮勵欣立即飛回香港留意事態發展。阮勵欣說,如果貝爾斯登那時像雷曼兄弟一樣倒閉,他必損失慘重,但後來貝爾斯登被摩根大通    收購。「知道有人收購,就唔驚。」因為他過檔時簽下合約,確保只要公司存在,他會獲賠償結果合併後新公司把他裁走,他因而獲得巨額賠償。

「白」遣散費 要與人分享

當其他人在這場金融海嘯中損手爛腳,阮勵欣卻因為被炒,獲得大筆意外之財,那種幸運程度,連他自己也難以置信:「好坦白,(新公司)我真係無做過口 野,咁有筆錢嚟咗,呢筆錢我無付出過勞力,一個人唔可能咁幸運,所以我要將筆錢同人分享。」他形容,自己是少數在金融海嘯中受益的人。

財經界中人透露,投行高層的遣散費最少有兩年年薪(年薪最少過千萬)。記者直接問阮勵欣,遣散費有沒有兩年年薪?他顯得為難﹕「可唔可以唔講,因為 真係……唔好講。」但他承認,這筆錢足夠他在38歲退休(他現在41歲),並撥出部分成立一個基金,但新煩惱隨之而來,他不想隨便捐給一間慈善機構。

發掘有潛質社會服務投資

他鑽研外國經驗,發現了一種名為「創投慈善」(Venture Philanthropy)的社會服務模式,就是按商業邏輯發掘有潛質的社會服務,替他們籌集資金,提供營運意見。如果阮勵欣以前做的是IPO,發掘有潛 質的新公司替它們上市,他現在就是推廣SPO(Social Purpose Organization),找尋有社會效益的機構來投資。

他的慈善機構名為「心苗」,至今已贊助了數項在亞洲的社會服務。在上海,他們投放了50萬元人民幣,支持一個為建築物料是否符合環保準則作評級的網站;在南亞,他們正研發一部太陽能電腦,讓學生在偏遠村落也可上網學習。

愈有錢 社會承擔應愈大

阮說,會細心挑選適合的社會服務來資助,「例如在天水圍    替 居民剪髮,對我們來說,是太小(規模的服務),我們希望支持的項目,是可以有大規模社會效益」。他舉例,太陽能電腦大規模生產,不但能幫助一條村,更可複 製到不同村落,透過教育提升人民質素。「以前(的慈善模式)覺得你有病,就幫你貼塊膠布,現在是想用商業模式,去解決社會問題。」

富豪捐錢,已成新風潮,股神巴菲特鼓勵大家「裸捐」;特首在《施政報告》裏也推出「關愛基金」。阮認為,愈有錢的人,愈有責任回饋社會,他對自己的 要求很嚴格,自小受基督徒父親影響,出來工作後,最少會捐出收入的十之分一:「如果你有錢,無論多與少,你一定要幫人,你有好多錢,你的承擔應該愈大,你 攬住嚿錢,唔口岩囉。」

記者想把阮勵欣的改變,理解為一個財經猛人變為「聖人」的故事。但阮強調,自己沒有一夜間變聖人,他為了養妻活兒,大部分時間仍在運作自己的投資公 司,只是把餘下的三成時間搞慈善。「我一樣喜歡賺錢,一樣勤力賺錢,我沒變成和尚」。但有一樣是事實,雖然有投資銀行向他招手,但他暫時不為所動,希望待 「心苗」成長後,才考慮會否全職回歸投行。

http://hk.news.yahoo.com/article/101024/4/kvx2.html