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轉寄︰ Updates from the GIIN – Jobs, News, and Information from the Impact Investing Field

2011 年 11 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?

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︰ Updates from the GIIN – Jobs, News, and Information from the Impact Investing Field

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GIIN November Updates

IMPACT INVESTING NEWS & EVENTS

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Follow us on Twitter @theGIIN for the latest impact investing news, trends, and jobs.

Press Highlights

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

The Stanford Social Innovation Review held a roundtable discussion on impact investing. Participants including Acumen Fund, IGNIA, and Deutsche Bank discuss current issues regarding what can be done to make the industry more effective.
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Forbes features an increasing number of small businesses that are integrating social impact into their profit motives.
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Financial Times covers the launch of Deutsche Bank’s social investment fund.
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Devex interviews the GIIN’s Amit Bouri about impact investing. 
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Americas Quarterly interviews impact investing professionals, including the GIIN’s Amit Bouri, about the effectiveness of impact investing as a tool to reduce poverty. 
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Forbes interviews Geoff Moore of TBC Capital, who discusses its focus on impact investing.
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Recent Research

This US SIF report provides a snapshot of funds based in the U.S. that consider environmental, social, and governance criteria in fund management. Includes a feature on the GIIN’s ImpactBase.
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Upcoming Events

Visit the events resource page of the GIIN website for an updated list of industry events.

Social Impact Analysts Association (SIAA) Conference
December 1, London, UK

  Convergence Africa Conference
December 8, Nairobi, Kenya

  ESG USA 2011 – Investing for a Sustainable Economy
December 13, New York, NY

  FAST Global Forum 2011
December 14, Utrecht, Netherlands

Investor Spotlight: UBS

Mario MarconiEach 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 Mario Marconi, Head of Philanthropy and Values-Based Investing at UBS. Values-Based Investing at UBS is an investment philosophy that considers criteria based on social and environmental values alongside financial returns when selecting an investment opportunity.

Read full interview with Mario Marconi >


GIIN Releases Impact Investing Case Study

Published yesterday by the Global Impact Investing Network, Improving Livelihoods, Removing Barriers: Investing for Impact in Mtanga Farms details the activities and decisions of four impact investors from three continents– Calvert Foundation, Heirs Holdings, Lion’s Head Global Partners, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation – as they invest in a Tanzanian farm. Balancing diverse priorities for social impact and financial returns, the investment demonstrates the commitment of an emerging class of impact investors to deploy capital into the African agriculture sector with an aim to improve the livelihoods of local residents. 

Read the case study >


Version 2.2 of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) Released

OPIC logoThis month, the GIIN released version 2.2 of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS), which incorporates minor enhancements to existing social and environmental metrics, modifications to glossary definitions, as well as several new indicators. The most significant changes are the addition of 17 new agricultural indicators as a result of the IRIS initiative’s partnership with the Finance Alliance for Sustainable Trade (FAST) to develop and pilot social, environmental, and financial performance indicators for investments in sustainable trade finance. Impact investors and investment recipients are encouraged to provide feedback on IRIS 2.2 on the IRIS website. In December, the IRIS initiative and FAST will be conducting a series of webinars to present the changes and to gain additional comments. 

Click here to sign up.  
 

IRIS data report
In case you missed it, the first IRIS performance data report, Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry, is available online for free download.

Download Data Driven >


New Jobs Posted to the GIIN Career Center

Career CenterNew job openings in Boston, Dehli, Mexico, New York, San Francisco, and other global locations have been posted on the GIIN Career Center. IGNIA, Intellecap, LeapFrog Investments, Pacific Community Ventures, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Root Capital are among the organizations looking for qualified impact investment professionals.

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轉寄︰ Book for The Social Enterprise Exchange in 2011 to benefit from great discounted rates

2011 年 11 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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主題︰ Book for The Social Enterprise Exchange in 2011 to benefit from great discounted rates

                  

Book your stand and delegate places in 2011 to benefit from great discounted rates

There is only one month left to benefit from early bird rates for the world’s biggest social enterprise event, hosted by Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise Scotland. 
The Social Enterprise Exchange – www.socialenterpriseexchange.com – will take place on Tuesday 27th March 2012 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. The sell-out annual events, Voice and S2S, are being combined to provide a better-than-ever event for everyone in the growing social enterprise sphere.
Our rates for 2011 have been heavily discounted and these will expire on the 1st January 2012 so book your stand or delegate place now to benefit from 2011 prices. Exhibitor stand prices start from just £299 + VAT and delegate prices from as little as £30 + VAT.  There are also discounted bursary places available for small social enterprises so please enquire if you’re interested in applying.

Buy 10 delegate places, get the 11th free

We are offering further group booking discounts for organisations and networks if you book for more than 10 people. For every 10 delegate places you book, we will give you the 11th free. This is automatically discounted on your booking form when you enter the 11th delegate. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, but do not yet have 11 names please e-mail Lynsey Johnston at eventmanagement@ceis.org.uk to block book the places for you.

What you can expect from The Social Enterprise Exchange

The event will create plenty of opportunity to exchange business, best practice and information on a number of topical themes including social enterprise policy, growth & replication, starting new businesses, winning business, social investment, sub contracting and impact measurement.
  • Master classes on social investment and engaging with the private sector
  • World-class speakers
  • A managed networking and trading area
  • Practical workshops on sales, start-ups, spin-outs, impact measurement, export and more
  • 1:1 clinics with experts in the field
  • Hundreds of exhibitors seeking to do business
  • Social enterprise event suppliers, including event production partner CEiS Events

The Social Enterprise Supply Chain

We are excited by the response from social enterprises that are offering their services to The Social Enterprise Exchange and pleased that we are going to be able to work with such a diverse range of social enterprise suppliers in the lead up to the event. We will be confirming our final supplier list in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to everyone who submitted proposals to us. We have already engaged with social enterprise suppliers for event management, website development and print. For more information about these organisations please visit social enterprise suppliers.

Study Visits

We are organising an “open doors” day of study visits through the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network (GSEN) to Glasgow social enterprises on Monday 26th March and visit programmes to Argyll and the Highlands in the days following The Social Enterprise Exchange. Please click here for more information.
For further information on any aspect of the event please call Lynsey Johnston on 0141 425 2926 or e-mail Lynsey at eventmanagement@ceis.org.uk
We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow!
Best wishes
CEiS Events
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轉寄︰ Red Ochre Enewsletter – December 2011

2011 年 11 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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主題︰ Red Ochre Enewsletter – December 2011

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The Business Revolution

   


Red Ochre ran the first of its Social Enterprise Bootcamps on 9th and 10th November. We called this the “Business Revolution” as social enterprise is fulfilling the deeply felt need amongst many entrepreneurs, and those who believe in enterprise, that there has to be a better and more ethical way of doing business.
Red Ochre, a long term exponent of supporting and promoting social enterprise, is delivering the Business Revolution Bootcamps as part of the Mayor of London’s enterprise initiative. Supported by RBS/NatWest and Capital Enterprise, a number of Bootcamps are being run in London on different enterprise aspects.
The two day intensive Bootcamp, galloped through all aspects of setting up, growing, successfully managing and reporting on a social enterprise. It was enthusiastically received by the participants. Attendees came from a wide background – existing social entrepreneurs, those thinking of social enterprise and those supporting social enterprise. Participants included social entrepreneurs from France and Singapore, employees of a local authority contemplating spinning out their service as a social enterprise as well as representatives from CAF/ Venturesome and the British Council. We were also graced with the presence of an MP from Singapore, Penny Low, a leading exponent and supporter of social enterprise in her country.
The Bootcamp covered areas of vision, strategy, business planning, marketing, operations, finance, leadership, management, recruitment and teams, impact assessment, governance and risk. Each module was supported with key exercises, toolkits, handouts, and case studies. The intention is for the participants to leave with a practical set of tools and understanding that can be applied immediately to create success. Participants also had plenty of opportunity to network and learn from each other and the the visiting speakers and entrepreneurs.
The workshop programme was delivered by Red Ochre trainers. Participants also heard from specialist financiers, successful social entrepreneurs from various sectors as well as a specialist in financing enterprises. Red Ochre strategic partners such as Social Enterprise UK, CAN and Timebank were there to explain how each of them are able to support social the Bootcamp participants with mentoring, subsidised facilities, discounted membership and access to other resources. Nick Howe, NatWest’s Regional Enterprise Manager explained how his bank can help social enterprises and of its long history of support in the sector. We are very grateful for Nick’s ongoing enthusiasm and support for the Business Revolution Bootcamp and the fact that he gamely sat through the whole of the 2 days! We hope he gained greater insight on social enterprise and the importance of the Business Revolution.
We are running this bootcamp again on the 9th and 10th February. For more information please contact Anna Turner.

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Social Enterprise Conference in Korea

The Beautiful Store is South Korea’s largest social enterprise. It operates over 110 stores selling recycled clothes, media and household goods. It has branched out in sourcing fair trade coffee and tea from Peru, Uganda and Nepal which are sold through its stores as well as other outlets.
As a leading social economy venture, the Beautiful Store is actively promoting social enterprise as a business model. In partnership with the Korean Government’s Ministry of Employment & Labour it hosted this year’s BSEC Social Entrepreneur’s Conference on the 18th of October.
The conference had two themes – Financial Support for Social Enterprise and the Social Enterprise Platform.
Guest speakers from around the world were invited to speak. Uday Thakkar, Red Ochre’s managing director was one of a panel of speakers from the UK, Ireland, Vietnam, Hong Kong and Thailand together with a number of Korean practitioners and academics.
Social enterprise is a growing phenomenon in South Korea reflecting a global trend. The conference was held at the Sungkyunkwan University and attracted nearly 300 participants, many of them young people. The range of ideas was astounding and the buzz of excitement was palpable. Interestingly, many of the projects had a pan-Asian dimension.
Uday spoke about current trends in social enterprise in the UK, support available and the race for sustainability as government financial support tails off. Many of the audience were conversant in English although an instant translation service was available. Getting the audience to respond enthusiastically to a call for action and passion was, therefore, relatively easy.
Other speakers spoke of support and activity current in their countries and the Koreans described with great enthusiasm their own projects. The talks were followed by a number of Q&A sessions – where there were many, many questions on social enterprise activity and support in the UK. The UK is seen by most people to be at the vanguard of social enterprise activity.

Speakers then ran group discussions on specific issues and the questions and interest were relentless. Participants had to be physically evicted as they such a hunger for knowledge and majorly overran the time the hall had been booked for.

The Beautiful Store was an absolutely wonderful host and arranged two days of social enterprise visits which will be detailed in a later newsletter.
The conference was a great success and elicited huge media attention. Uday, making strange hand signals, featured in a large newspaper article. His enthusiasm in explaining to the Thai delegate what Red Ochre does obviously required multiple forms of communication!

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RSA Catalyst Programme

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) has been offering its Fellows small grants to start social enterprise projects under its Catalyst programme.  On the 22nd November the RSA hosted a Catalyst winners’ workshop in London.

Almost 30 winners from around the country attended the workshop. Uday Thakkar, Red Ochre’s managing director, kicked of the presentations to the winners on pitfalls for social enterprises and how to negotiate them. Uday began with a punchy plea to the winners to articulate their vision better and to ensure what they were proposing to does really meet a need and will create positive social change. Uday emphasised the requirement for a practical business model that would ensure that social entrepreneurs were not deluding themselves, let alone their supporters and stakeholders. A well thought through business model, well articulated and passionately promoted, was the most likely way to get support and overcome challenges.
Dan Snell, an RSA Fellow, from Arrival Education talked about his project and how it had grown. Colin Crooks, the former head of Green-Works, told the story of starting with an idea and £300 to create a successful social enterprise. Various support organisations, such as the founders of Buzzbnk and GoJaspa, also spoke about how to access finance.
The Catalyst winners’ then had a access to numerous experts to discuss how best to finance, grow and report their social enterprises. Uday was involved with informing them about early stage finance and how to source resources and support for free.
The workshop also heard from Albina Ruiz who is the 2011 winner of RSA’s Albert Medal. Albina started a project to recycle solid waste in the poorer parts of Lima, Peru 25 years ago. Her social enterprise project is now operating across South America, Africa and India.
The meeting concluded with a speech from Matthew Taylor, RSA’s Chief Executive, extolling the Catalyst Winners’ and explaining how he believed they  were the vanguard for the future of the RSA and what it does. For more information visit their website http://www.thersa.org

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Robert Foster, co-founder of Red Ochre, will be following up his successful teaching trips to China earlier this year with remote training in December. Robert will be supporting and delivering three online training sessions with Chinese undergraduates in Beijing on enterprise skills and social enterprise in the UK.

If you would like to know more about this flexible and cost-effective way to deliver support contact Robert on robert@redochre.org.uk

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Upcoming workshops at the British Library Business & IP Centre 2012

Collaborative working and partnerships

There is a growing tendency by statutory purchases to award contracts to larger organisations. Many grant making bodies want to cross community and multi-disciplinary delivery projects. Many smaller organisations are struggling with limited resources. A potential solution is to partner or collaborate with one or more organisations. This workshop will look at why specific groups should consider partnerships/collaborations and the potential impacts, benefits and challenges involved. It will examine the difference between partnership and collaboration and explore strategies for successfully recruiting a partner organisation, building and structuring the relationship as well as addressing risk  and funding issues.

Who should attend: This workshop is aimed at voluntary/community sector organisation and social enterprises that are considering, or are currently in the process of, collaborating or setting up a partnership with another organisation for fundraising, tendering or service delivery.

Date: Tuesday 24th January 2012
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: The British Library Business & IP Centre
Price: £30 Inc VAT

Please contact Anna Turner to book your place.

Pitching for contracts

This is an interactive half-day workshop for organisations wishing to understand the challenges and opportunities available to secure contracts through official procurement routes.

Course Content:

  • Definition and vocabulary:
    – a guide to common definitions
  • What commissioners are looking for
    – motivations and drivers for commissioners and procurement officers
  • Tendering processes
    – the commissioning process and how to engage through the official tendering processes
    – PQQ
    – the tender
    – the pitch
  • Managing the contract
    – SLAs, managing service delivery under a contract, and associated operational issues including monitoring and reporting
Course outcomes:
Delegates will be able to understand and communicate tendering processes
have a sound understanding of what makes a successful proposal
be able to effectively communicate the impact of their service delivery
Who should attend?  Directors, trustees or members of the management committee; members of the senior management team; or any member of staff with a remit to respond to commissioning and procurement opportunities.
Date: Thursday 23rd February 2012
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Venue: The British Library Business & IP Centre
Price: £30 Inc VAT

Please contact Anna Turner to book your place.

Impact & evaluation – knowing you’ve made a difference

All organisations will likely need to understand and measure their performance and for many that will mean more than profit. How can you measure what matters to you and your people, so that you can improve it?

In this workshop we will consider three steps that any individual or organisation can use at any level of expertise to get to the heart of your organisation’s impact.
Who should attend? Anyone interested in understanding the work they are doing and their organisations impact. Including founders and CEOs, members of the senior management team with a performance remit, operational staff with a performance remit.

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • gain a better understanding of what impact means for you and your organisation
  • leave with a three stage plan to guide your impact work
  • run through practical impact exercises and methods
  • identify  one or two of the most important things for you to measure
  • have the options in how to then go out and measure them
  • be better able to answer the questions, who do I need to tell, what do I need to tell them and in what form do they need to know it?
Come to this workshop and improve your impact leadership and impact attitude as well as your impact measurement.

Date: Tuesday 20th March 2012
Time: 10am – 1pm
Venue: The British Library Business & IP Centre
Price: £30 Inc VAT

Please contact Anna Turner to book your place.

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Other News & Events

Digital Marketing – 6th December 2011

Web experts Lucidica look into the rabbit hole that is ‘pay per click’ advertising through Google and other networks and explore the hidden features and options that can increase your return on investment. For more information, click here.


Growing into new markets – 7th December 2011

If you are a decision maker at a successful SME, you will constantly be looking at new growth opportunities. The UK and Eurozone economies are stagnant, but there is fantastic growth being seen in many emerging economies, and not only the “BRICs” : we’re coming cross many businesses generating new sales in countries such as Mexico, Indonesia, Turkey and parts of Africa. However, entering new markets is challenging – what can you expect to face? Read more…


Green in the city – 8th December 2011

ecoConnect’s Green in the City Forum: where UK Green Industry comes to do business.
Bringing together top funding executives, entrepreneurs, leading innovators and opinion leaders – key people driving the development of green industry policy, technologies and investment in this rapidly expanding market. For more information please click here.


How to validate that new product idea – 8th December 2011

Discover whether your idea could be turned into a profitable business at this workshop with business advisor and experienced product developer, Bob Lindsey. Read more…

Social Enterprise Exchange – March 27th 2012

Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise Scotland have joined forces to host the world’s biggest social enterprise event.  The Social Enterprise Exchange will take place on Tuesday 27th March 2012 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. Book now.

 Do you have news or events for our newsletter? Email anna@redochre.org.uk with the details.

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轉寄︰ Impact Investing Case Study Released by the Global Impact Investing Network

2011 年 11 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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主題︰ Impact Investing Case Study Released by the Global Impact Investing Network

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Case Study on an Impact Investment in African Agriculture Released by the Global Impact Investing Network

Click here to download the case study
 

Published today by the Global Impact Investing Network, Improving Livelihoods, Removing Barriers: Investing for Impact in Mtanga Farms details the activities and decisions of four impact investors from three continents– Calvert Foundation, Heirs Holdings, Lion’s Head Global Partners, and the Tony Elumelu Foundation – as they invest in a Tanzanian farm. Balancing diverse priorities for social impact and financial returns, the investment demonstrates the commitment of an emerging class of impact investors to deploy capital into the African agriculture sector with an aim to improve the livelihoods of local residents.

The investment is described from deal sourcing through early financing to the present process of creating an effective impact measurement framework drawing upon local insights as well as the GIIN’s Impact Reporting and Investment Standards. With the investors’ involvement, Mtanga Farms seeks sales of improved seed potato varieties to smallholder farmers as one part of a business that is structured for both financial sustainability and social impact. By spurring greater competition in the Tanzanian seed potato market and increasing crop yields, the investors hope their investment leads to growth in smallholder farmer income.
 

The GIIN hopes that this case study helps advance a broader understanding of impact investing as an effective way to complement government aid and philanthropic funding for sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa to improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

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The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to increasing the scale and effectiveness of impact investing. The GIIN builds critical infrastructure and supports activities, education, and research that help accelerate the development of a coherent impact investing industry. The GIIN Investors’ Council is a diverse, global membership group comprised of leading impact investors with a goal of enabling rigorous impact investments, efficient and enhanced social and environmental performance, and deployment of private investment capital to address social and environmental challenges. The Terragua Working Group within the Investors’ Council is focused on impact investing in sustainable agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa. The GIIN’s Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) is a common language for measuring and tracking the social, environmental, and financial performance of mission-driven organizations.

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轉寄︰ Plunkett Weekly News 25-11-11

2011 年 11 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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主題︰ Plunkett Weekly News 25-11-11

Dear all,

This week in the Plunkett Weekly News:

-North West communities embrace Village SOS

-The New Pioneers

-BIG announces social investment funding

-Closure of rise announced

-Local food projects sweep the board at top awards

-FWAG appeals for help

-Rural Coalition calls for fairer distribution of funding

-ICA eDigest launch edition now available

Very best wishes,

Katherine

轉寄︰ Social Enterprise UK Newsletter 25-11-2011

2011 年 11 月 25 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”.

my facebook  &  my twitter  &  my linkedin

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主題︰ Social Enterprise UK Newsletter 25-11-2011

Social Enterprise UK Newsletter 25-11-11

Inside this issue

Social Enterprise UK activity

News

Events

Resources

Member profile

Jobs

Social Enterprise UK activity

Opportunities for social enterprise suppliers at the Social Enterprise Exchange
The Social Enterprise Exchange will take place on Tuesday 27th March 2012 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. The sell-out annual events Voice and S2S are this year being combined to provide a better-than-ever event for everyone in the growing social enterprise sphere. For further information and to book your stand and delegate places please visit www.socialenterpriseexchange.com
The Social Enterprise Exchange partners are committed to working with as many social enterprise suppliers as possible in the lead up to and on the day of the event. Our ambition is to set a new standard for social enterprise supply-chain engagement. We are looking for social enterprises to outline creative concepts for delivering the following aspects of The Social Enterprise Exchange:
  • Social Media
  • Photography
  • Recycling
  • Filming
  • Delegate bags
  • Delegate bag fulfilment
  • Promotional Items
  • Furniture for Social Enterprise Supply Chain Zone
  • Entertainment
  • Design and Print
If you are interested in becoming a supplier, please send us a brief proposal about the services you can offer, how you would creatively deliver the service and what your costs would be. Please e-mail your proposals to Lynsey Johnston at eventmanagement@ceis.org.uk by Monday November 28th at 5pm. More information on our requirements is available on The Social Enterprise Exchange website www.socialenterpriseexchange.com/suppliers
For further information on supply chain opportunities please call Lynsey Johnston on 0141 425 2926 or e-mail Lynsey at eventmanagement@ceis.org.uk.

Parliament
‘Revolutionary’ Public Services Bill gets the green light in the Commons
MPs in the House of Commons today voted the Public Services (Social Value) Bill through to the House of Lords, following a three hour debate.
If made law, the Public Services Bill would ask that councils commission services from organisations that deliver above and beyond, not by charging the lowest price and over servicing, but by charging a fair price while supporting the boroughs and communities in which they operate.  The Government’s annual spend on commissioning and procurement stands at £236 billion
Responding to the news, Peter Holbrook, Chief Executive of Social Enterprise UK, said:
“We’re delighted that the Bill, backed by the main parties, is through to the Lords.  We have been working closely with Chris White and would like to thank our members and supporters who have backed this very important campaign.  We hope and believe it will result in a historic breakthrough for those in the social economy.”
Read the full story on the Social Enterprise UK website.

Social Enterprise UK relocates to Tooley Street Fire Station
Social Enterprise UK has now completed it’s move to the Tooley Street Fire Station which is being developed by PwC to become a centre for social enterprise innovation.
Our new neighbours include School for Social Entrepreneurs and The Beyond Food Foundation.
Infromation on our new contact details and a map of our new location can be found on the Social Enterprise UK website.
For the first two weeks we will only have one working phone line so we ask for your patience if you have any difficulty in reaching us – we will get back to you as soon as we can. Our e-mail addresses will all be working as usual.


Almost half of us are cutting gifts and charity giving this Christmas, new survey shows
A survey published this week by Social Enterprise UK reveals that adults are tightening their belts this Christmas, and will be spending less on both presents and charitable causes, as money is tight.
While 43 per cent of those questioned for the poll intend to cut back on the good causes they support, an even greater number – 48 per cent – say they’ll be spending less on Christmas presents for family and friends this year.
We’re telling people that they can kill two birds with one stone if they buy their Christmas presents from social enterprises – businesses that exist to make a difference, and reinvest their profits to support environmental and social causes.
Social Enterprise UK’s drive to promote Xmas-shopper awareness of social enterprise is part of the Society Profits campaign.
Read the full story on the Social Enterprise UK website.

News

London’s unemployed ‘cycle into work’ with support from Barclays
Hundreds of disadvantaged Londoners will have the opportunity to find employment with the help of ‘Cycle into Work’, a community investment programme supported by Barclays.
The scheme, conceived and developed by London based social enterprise Bikeworks, uses the power of cycling to help homeless people develop key skills to secure a job.
Read the full story on the Social Enterprise UK website.

Michele Rigby

Social Firms UK appoints new Chief Executive
The Social Firms UK Board has appointed Michele Rigby as the organisation’s new Chief Executive. Michele is currently Chief Executive of SEEE, the East of England’s social enterprise support agency and will take up the post from January 2012.
Michele replaces Sally Reynolds, co-founder of Social Firms UK and its Chief Executive since 2004, who decided to leave due to exceptional personal circumstances.
Read the full story on the Social Enterprise UK website.

GVI announced as Best Volunteering Organisation for 2011
Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards announced this month that Social Enterprise UK member, Global Vision International (GVI), is the world’s best organisation to volunteer with for 2011.
According to the award committee:
“GVI impressed the judges with the scale of their impacts on the ground. Placing 3,500 volunteers each year in 40 countries, GVI teaches over 10,000 people each year on six continents. And for GVI the proof of their work is in the performance of their students – in Guatemala their students were in the top 5% nationally examined in 2011 – proving that well-placed skilled volunteers can have genuine impacts. Their charitable trust already estimates £400,000 will be raised for their projects this year alone.”
Read the full story on the Social Enterprise UK website.
For more of the latest social enterprise news visit the Social Enterprise UK website.
Submit your news stories to appear on the Social Enterprise UK website by completing the online form.

Events

Gearing up for Community Hubs
29 November
London
Taking over community resource centres and finding ways to make them operate efficiently, meet community needs and benefit a wide range of service users is a huge challenge for the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
NCVYS invites you to hear how this has, and is, being done by the League of British Muslims in the London Borough of Redbridge and Rainbow Centre Users Group in the London Borough of Barnet.
A representative from the Ethical Property Foundation will also be on hand to help delegates through the technical issues within the process, and to look at the current ‘premises needs’ of the VCSE sector. There is no cost to join this session.
This is a free event. To register a place, please request a booking form from  takita@ncvys.org.uk. Completed booking forms must be submitted by Thursday 24th November.
If you have any questions, please contact Jarina Choudhury on 020 7843 6453 or e-mail jarina@ncvys.org.uk.

Winning Business Event
30 November
London
This event is brought to you by the Crisis Ethical Enterprise & Employment (3xE) Network with support from Social Enterprise UK. It will provide social enterprises with the opportunity to explore the way in they can compete for and win contracts and enter into supply chains.
There will be learning through workshops and opportunities to learn from best practice through networking and case studies. There will also be opportunity to propose questions to a panel from the private, public and voluntary sector organisations and experts in the field.
Confirmed speakers:
  • Richard Litchfield – Eastside Consulting/3SC
  • Sian Thomas – TCUK
  • Sara McGinley – Social Firms UK
This is a FREE event funded by the Crisis Ethical Enterprise & Employment (3xE) Network
To book a place or for more information please contact Cathrine Gillard on 020 7426 8500 or email 3xE@crisis.org.uk.


Forum3’s new Fundraising and Social Enterprise Zone
25 – 25 May
London 
Forum3, the UK’s largest recruitment and volunteering event for the not-for-profit sector, returns to the Business Design Centre 25-26 May next year.
Attracting 10,000 job seekers looking for paid or volunteering work, forum3 provides a first class opportunity to showcase your organisation and meet candidates face to face to fulfil your recruitment needs in our new dedicated Social Enterprise zone.  Forum3 has a highly diverse audience, all who are committed to the principles of working for a value led organisation and making a difference in society.
Forum3 is well supported by its partners who include Social Enterprise UK as well as The Guardian, The Big Issue, Jobsgopublic, Inside Housing, NCVO, Opportunities and of course, the Institute of Fundraising.
Find out more by visiting www.forum3.co.uk or call the team on 020 7939 7433.
Find more social enterprise events on the Social Enterprise UK website.
Complete the online form to advertise your social enterprise event on the Social Enterprise UK website.

Resources

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Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers programme offers free business support to social enterprises

Social Enterprise UK is partnering with Deloitte, the professional services firm, to deliver an exciting new programme that will showcase and support up to 50 of the best social businesses and innovations across the UK.
Launching this week, the Deloitte Social Innovation Pioneers programme is looking for 50 inspiring entrepreneurs and social businesses, who have the potential for growth and a desire to make a positive impact in society. The selected organisations will receive a bespoke package of support in order to help them achieve scale and become investment ready.
Together with Deloitte we believe in the potential of this sector to become an important and mainstream economic player, and we encourage anyone who meets the application criteria to apply for this fantastic programme. First-round applications are open now until 28th January and the finalists will be announced in March 2012.
For more information see www.deloitte.co.uk/pioneers.

Fifteen apprentices
Social Enterprise Graduate Academies 2012
Social enterprises are being invited to sign up to provide a three month internship for 100 underemployed graduates passionate about the sector.
The Spring Project, a not-for profit organisation, will attract and provide training to 200 suitable graduates from which 100 self-select on to a week long academy. With its world class network of practitioners, The Spring Project then delivers experiential and project based personal development training. Half of the academy graduates are then selected and matched for internships. All process red-tape of the internships is managed by The Spring Project, removing any administration burden from the social enterprise.
Find out more at www.springproject.co.uk.

New Business Link services launched

Business Link has launched two new online services, one aimed at people looking to start a business, and the other aimed at people looking to grow and improve their business. These services have been developed as a direct result of Business Link research undertaken to understand what businesses want and how their needs can be best served online.
The Start-Up Service offers support through the stages of setting up a business. It provides guidance for securing funding and helps entrepreneurs to research target markets, develop business plans and understand taxes and legal obligations.
The Growth and Improvement Service offers businesses access to informative videos, case studies, events and business support finders and the chance to network and share ideas with other business owners.
The new services provide a range of tools that will be relevant to enterprise businesses, visit www.businesslink.gov.uk/newservices for more information

Member profile

Dream Idea UK
Dream Idea is an online platform and community helping entrepreneurs, inventors and people with business ideas to turn their dream ideas into reality through expert advice and investors.
The site allows you to register your ideas for a cost of £1 and then create an idea profile to try to catch the eye of investors. New business ideas are organised into categories to all members, including investors, to browse concepts by areas of interest, meaning users can input opinion, expertise or funding to what they are truly passionate about.

Jobs

Check out the latest social enterprise job vacancies on our Jobs Board. These currently include
If you would like to advertise your social enterprise job to our network and on the Social Enterprise UK website fill out the online form here. This service is currently FREE to all.  Alternatively e-mail katherine.harvey@socialenterprise.org.uk.

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轉寄︰ Great innovators from around the world

2011 年 11 月 23 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︰ Great innovators from around the world

 
 
     
 

Great innovators from around the world

We are putting together the Asia Summit programme and can confirm that it wil be in Bangkok at the Banyan Tree, 1st – 2nd March, 2012. For a personal invitation, please e-mail team@i-genius.org

 
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From twenty outstanding finalists at the British Council ‘I am a ChangeMaker’ competition, four winners emerged were:
Backburn, who use renewable materials to design shirts, shorts, rash guards and boards for surfers.
Seedcore, who work with forest based communities to plant cacao as a reforestation species to serve the international demand for chocolate.
Seeds of Hope, working with Umapad, an isolated barangay in Mandaue City beside a dumpsite, to recycle mango seed scraps to produce oil cosmetics.
Ethniko, produce an indigenous woven cloth from the natural fibre, abaca, for fashionable handmade bags.
Seedcore also won the special Starbucks Shared Planet Award. All finalists are listed at: British Council website

 
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i-genius caught up with Lily Wang from China to discuss health education and training for students.
“They have great passion to change the world and I hope my project can build a platform for the university students to learn by doing…”

 
 
Personal Invitation to Rome Symposium

Hotel Columbus located near Rome’s historical centre, nearby Vatican City, 5th – 6th December 2011
Community finalists:
The Banyan, Changing the face of Mental Health across India, India
HCF and Healthways Australia, MyHealth Guardian, Australia
International Virtual e-Hospital Foundation, Initiate-Build-Operate-Transfer: A Strategy for Establishing Sustainable Tele-Health, United States
Lembaga Pembina Anak Bangsa (LPAB), Anti-Smoking to Children Under 18, Indonesia
Riders for Health, Building a Healthier Future through Reliable Transportation, Africa
University of Miami, Florida Telemedicine Trauma Network, United States
Workplace finalists:
Apparel Lesotho Alliance to Fight AIDS, ALAFA, Lesotho
BJC HealthCare, Help for Your Health, United States
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, LiveWell Program, United States
Hao2.eu, People with Autistic Spectrum Condition Making a World of Difference, United Kingdom
State of Rhode Island, Office of Employee Benefits, Rewards for Wellness, United States
Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Telecare to Remote Areas, Brazil
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轉寄︰ Letter from Jacqueline Novogratz – Fall 2011

2011 年 11 月 22 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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傳送日期︰ 2011年11月22日 (週二) 10:00 PM
主題︰ Letter from Jacqueline Novogratz – Fall 2011

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Dear Houghton,
 
We are approaching the American holiday of Thanksgiving and there is much for which Acumen has to be grateful, starting first and foremost with our global community that reminds us daily of what is possible.  Thank you for being part of it.

On November 9-10, we celebrated our first 10 years with a series of unforgettable activities. Partners, advisors, board members, chapter leaders, and friends from 20 countries came to be part of the two days.  First, our Partners gathered for a series of “Deep Dives” to study and discuss what we’ve learned about the role of subsidies in market creation for the poor; lessons from energy, agriculture, and education; leadership; and our failures.  Our NY+acumen chapter then hosted a Dignity photo auction with the help of the Nuru Project, and raised $30,000 for our work – many thanks. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, spoke at our Investor Gathering as did Seth Godin, entrepreneurs Jawad Aslam and Sanjay Bhatnagar, team members, and fellows.

In the evening, we celebrated with nearly 500 people, a Bollywood flashmob, spoken word poet Sarah Kay, and an exquisite performance from Aaron Neville. We send great thanks to them as well for their contributions. (Click here for a 7-minute video of our community and here for photos of the evening).  All of it reminded us how lucky we are to be working on something so much bigger than ourselves, how far we’ve come, and how many miles there are to go.


10 Year Report Cover

Read Acumen Fund’s 10 year report. 
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Watch the video of our 10 year story.
10 things learned cropped jawadRead the 10 Things We’ve Learned to be True.

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Take a look at photos from our Investor Gathering and 10 Year Celebration.

We’ve covered a lot of distance in the past decade.  Acumen Fund has approved investments of more than $72 million in 65 companies.  Our investees have touched more than 86 million lives and created more than 55,000 jobs.  Nearly 50 global Acumen Fund Fellows are emerging as architects of the social sector, and we recently launched our first regional fellows program in East Africa. In collaboration with Google.org and Salesforce.com, we created a metrics platform called Pulse, now in use by over 50 organizations. We’ve also worked closely with others in our sector to establish standards and create the Global Impact Investing Network and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, industry organizations for a growing field that now counts over 200 organizations. We couldn’t have done any of this without the support of our partners, advisors, board, and team and we are grateful for everyone’s sustained focus and hard work to make it happen.

And we are just getting started.  If our first 10 years focused on proving that patient capital works, our next decade will focus on taking the idea mainstream.   We can and must do more to create a more inclusive global economy by combining the ideas of patient capital and moral leadership.  We will continue to push outward, to strengthen and expand our investments, and to demonstrate the potential of our approach in key countries around the world.

In the next five years, our goal is to grow our portfolio from $70 million to $150 million, touch the lives of 150 million individuals, scale our successful investments and expand into seven new countries where we can both bring the most and learn the most.  Regarding leadership, we intend to train 400 Fellows in our global and regional programs, and to expand from 11 chapters today to 40 in 2015. And we will continue to invest resources in learning and sharing what works and what doesn’t in solving problems of poverty, while having the courage to listen, to fail, and to get up and try again until we find what works.

These are such extraordinary times.  Think of the Arab Spring, the Eurozone crisis, Occupy Wall Street – everywhere, people are calling for a new kind of leadership. But we are better as a world at naming problems than we are at experimenting, at risking failure, and at bringing forth new solutions.  This is why Acumen Fund will focus more deliberately not only on investing patient capital but also in cultivating a growing global corps of leaders.  We are lucky to be working with many diverse partners in this endeavor, from the Woodcock Foundation in the U.S. to the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations in Paris, and from KCB Bank in Kenya to JS Bank in Pakistan.  We have also partnered with Goldman Sachs’ 10,000 Women Initiative, and are proud to see our fellows delivering parts of their own training to dozens of women entrepreneurs in Kenya and India.  The hunger for leadership is growing: we received more than 1,000 applications for ten spots in the coming year’s Global Fellows class.

If one thing has shifted my own understanding of what is possible, it has been the self-organized phenomenon of Acumen Fund Chapters in 11 cities today, including Vancouver, Dubai, Tokyo, and London.  We are currently working with chapter leaders to extend parts of the Acumen Fellows’ curriculum into their activities, and to provide them with tools to put the principles of patient capital investing and moral leadership into action within their lives and communities.

Acumen Fund also continues to grow and change as a global organization.  It is with profound appreciation that I recognize and thank our Founding Board member, Stuart Davidson, and our Board Chair Margo Alexander for their service.  We could not have built Acumen without both Margo and Stuart. Andrea Soros Colombel will step in as our new Board Chair in January, and I look forward to working with her.  I also would like to welcome three new board members: Ken Ofori-Atta of Ghana, Thulsi Ravilla of India, and Pat Mitchell of the U.S.

More than anything else, at the end of this first decade and the beginning of the holiday season, I realize how grateful I am to have more memories from Acumen Fund than I can count. I think of times holding newborn babies in bright pink rooms at LifeSpring Hospitals in India, surrounded by scores of smiling new mothers.  I think of watching tribal women getting their eyes tested by VisionSpring and seeing the looks on their faces when they realized they could again thread a needle. I remember seeing the first green park built among the new houses in Saiban’s development outside of Lahore.  And the awesome feeling of rebirth while standing in the cotton fields of northern Uganda, marveling at how we human beings can be so resilient against all odds.

For all of this and so much more, I am grateful. Indeed, the work of Acumen Fund contains within it the seeds of renewing systems of government and of capitalism.  It is work based on the infinite capacity of the human spirit, and it recognizes that we need both markets and government to work together if we are to reach the poor in ways that matter, in ways that reach millions sustainably.  Ultimately, the work of Acumen is about creating real, tangible hope in a world dominated by too much cynicism. This hope is not an easy hope, but a hard-earned one based on the highest expectations for what we as a world can do.

For ten years, we have seen glimmers of change, and when we look to the future, we can imagine the glimmers growing brighter.  For our part, the Acumen Fund team will do everything in our capacity to bring forth new models of development based on investing patiently but determinedly in companies, leaders and ideas that can change the world.  We obviously can’t do it alone, and need you to be part of this.

Please consider contributing to mark our first 10 years here and to signal your support for the next ten.  We couldn’t be more excited to continue this work with you. Thank you in advance for all you have contributed and will continue to give to Acumen.

Here’s to a better future that we will create together.

In thanksgiving,
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Jacqueline Novogratz

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轉寄︰ Bookings open for the Social Enterprise Exchange – March 27th 2012

2011 年 11 月 22 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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傳送日期︰ 2011年11月22日 (週二) 8:46 PM
主題︰ Bookings open for the Social Enterprise Exchange – March 27th 2012

                  

Bookings are open for The Social Enterprise Exchange!

Social Enterprise UK and Social Enterprise Scotland have joined forces to host the world’s biggest social enterprise event.  The Social Enterprise Exchange will take place on Tuesday 27th March 2012 at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow. Book now to secure your place at the social enterprise event of the year! The sell-out annual events Voice and S2S are this year being combined to provide a better-than-ever event for everyone in the growing social enterprise sphere.
The event will host more than 1000 delegates and 150 business exhibitors in this iconic Scottish venue. The programme is designed to inform, inspire and provide breakthrough business opportunities for delegates and exhibitors. If you’re in a social enterprise and want to grow your business, a charity and want to bring in income through trade or a private sector business and want to do business with social enterprises, this event is for you.
Visit The Social Enterprise Exchange website www.socialenterpriseexchange.com to book your stand and delegate places, for further information and regular updates on the programme and for study visits, travel, venue and accommodation information.

What you can expect from The Social Enterprise Exchange

World-class speakers, high-quality workshops, up-to-the minute policy thinking and plenty of opportunities to do business
  • master classes on social investment and engaging with the private sector
  • a managed networking and trading area
  • practical workshops on sales, start-ups, spin-outs, impact measurement, export + more
  • 1:1 clinics with experts in the field
  • hundreds of exhibitors seeking to do business
  • social enterprise event suppliers, including event production partner CEiS Events

Book your stand and delegate places in 2011 to benefit from great discounted rates

Guarantee your place for the largest social enterprise event of 2012 than now. Our rates for 2011 have been heavily discounted and will expire on the 1st January 2012 so book your stand or delegate place now to benefit from 2011 prices. Exhibitor stand prices start from just £299 and delegate prices from as little as £30.

Calling all social enterprise suppliers

The Social Enterprise Exchange partners are committed to working with as many social enterprise suppliers as possible for the event. Our ambition is to set a new standard for social enterprise supply-chain engagement. If you are interested in becoming a supplier to the event please click here for further information.

Study Visits

A number of study visits will be available to social enterprises throughout Scotland on Monday 26th March and in the days following the event. Please click here for more information.
For further information on any aspect of the event please call Lynsey Johnston on 0142 425 2926 or e-mail Lynsey at eventmanagement@ceis.org.uk
We look forward to seeing you in Glasgow!

 

轉寄︰ Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Matter: The 2011 National Gathering

2011 年 11 月 22 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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傳送日期︰ 2011年11月22日 (週二) 2:15 AM
主題︰ Investing as if Food, Farms, and Fertility Matter: The 2011 National Gathering

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Dear Houghton,
KCBS Reports on Slow Money
The San Francisco Chronicle
850 folks from 35 states, 3 Canadian provinces and six other countries attended Slow Money’s 3rd National Gathering—our biggest event yet.
Everywhere, you could feel the momentum that has been building over the past year—catalyzing more than $10 million of investments in small food enterprises and the emergence of more than a dozen local Slow Money chapters around the country.
In this newsletter, we are very pleased to share with you what attendees, journalists and bloggers had to say about the event.
We’re also very pleased to be able to include here the presentations at the Entrepreneur Showcase. We share with so many attendees the sense that the savvy and vision of these small food entrepreneurs are cause for hope. We trust that many of you who could not be with us in San Francisco will not only find inspiration in these presentations, but will be moved to join one or more of the post-gathering groups that are exploring potential investments.
In the weeks ahead, we look forward to sharing other exciting news: Sandy River Charitable Trust’s matching seed grant to the Soil Trust; BSW Wealth Partner’s new impact bonds that recognize and support Slow Money; and Mamma Chia’s dedication of 1% of its revenue to the Soil Trust.
But for now, we hope this newsletter will give you a taste of what happened last month at Fort Mason.
Thanks from the Slow Money team to everyone who contributed time, money and energy to the gathering, and for your continued engagement, which holds such promise for the future of food, farms and fertility.
Sincerely,
Woody, Michael, David and the Board
Entrepreneur Showcase
If the show could have been stolen, it would have been stolen by Farmer John Bledsoe.
It was our privilege to feature these 30 entrepreneurs at this year’s showcase. We look forward to doing whatever we can to support them, as they lead the way to fixing our food system and our economy.
All of the entrepreneur presentations from Fort Mason are presented here. Each presentation is 5 minutes long and includes both video and accompanying slides. If you would like to contact any of these entrepreneurs or connect with other interested investors, use these resources:
1. Entrepreneur Contact Info (PDF).
2. Showcase Follow Up Forum.
Attendees Speak
“Slow Money’s Third National Gathering made me feel that we just might have a chance to turn things around!”
Bu Nygrens, Veritable Vegetable, San Francisco, CA
“Slow Money’s 2011 national gathering was both extremely inspiring and extremely practical. We were asked to simultaneously entertain big ideas—ideas that are sorely needed—and to tangibly craft and support specific solutions. The event and the larger process of which it is part hold great promise.”
Gary Nabhan, Conservation Biologist, Patagonia, AZ
“I am an MBA with a couple of decades experience in business that have left me largely unsatisfied. The concepts of Slow Money resonate very strongly with my growing misgivings about business and our economic system. Slow Money has a chance to make a real difference in our world.”

Claude Arpels, New York, NY
“It’s about time someone is putting the financial questions right at the center of the good food movement. That is where they belong.”
Jessica Prentice, Three Stone Hearth, Berkeley, CA
“Not only is Slow Money the best thing happening in local food, it has helped me define our Foundation’s role in the local food movement.”

– Tim Wightman, President, Farm-to-Consumer Foundation
“IN SOIL WE TRUST!”
“Slow Money’s progress since the inaugural meeting in Santa Fe is remarkable. Slow Money is going to grow into a national movement, sending exactly the right message at the right time.”
Chip Comins, Founder, AREDAY, Aspen, CO
“Seeing 30 inspiring entrepreneurs present their investment- ready businesses makes it all very tangible. Something is happening across the country. Sustainable food and agriculture is on the rise. Goosebumps.”
Arno Hesse, private investor, San Francisco, CA

Paul Muller, Wes Jackson, Leslie Christian, Tom Steyer, Matt Flannery, Simran Sethi
“The world class thought leadership was off the charts. But so was the opportunity to work with the other Slow Money regional leaders on the nitty-gritty of putting our financial resources into local food economies. I left even more inspired, and I didn’t think that was possible.”
Carol Peppe Hewitt, Slow Money North Carolina, Pittsboro, NC
“The gathering fired me up. It really inspired me to see how much on the ground change is happening since the last national gathering. So much experiential content to share now.”
Jeff Rosen, CFO, Solidago Foundation, Northampton, MA
“Slow Money holds much hope for the future of my farm, my community, and my retirement fund!”
Casey O’Leary, Earthly Delights Farm, Boise, ID
“The gathering put forward the beautiful and creative initiatives being implemented on the ground by dozens of Slow Money groups around the country. It is out of these experiments and entrepreneurial efforts that the new restorative economy will take shape.”

Marco Vangelisti, private investor, Berkeley, CA
“We would be wise to follow the trends and direction of the Slow Money movement.” 
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“More and more committed individuals are implementing numerous small creative projects across the nation.”
EcoLocalizer.com
“Small Potatoes Investment Clubs. Love it. More within reach for middle-class people like myself.”
Amy Kiser, Ecology Center, Berkeley, CA
“As a finance professional, I enjoyed the breakout with the other advisors. It was great to have the reality check they provided for folks, and I learned from them.”
Christopher Peck, Natural Investments, Windsor, CA
“Slow Money Case Studies. I got to hear from entrepreneurs who had raised capital about how they did it and how deals were structured.”
Tina Prevatte, Farmhand Foods, Durham, NC
“Both RSF and Mission Markets were awesome because they explained social capital markets, triple bottom line investing. Vermont Jobs Funds and the Ohio Cooperative was an amazing session discussing the development of local markets and supply chain.”
Carla Mays, San Francisco, CA

Attendee Videos
Forty National Gathering attendees were asked what they look forward to in a Slow Money world. Click here.

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Books
Point Reyes Books, the conference bookseller, has created an online Slow Money bookstore which features all of the titles that we offered at the event, plus many others of interest to Slow Money folks.
“We are inspired by the dramatic impact this movement will have on the future of food systems in our local communities.”
Steve Costa and Kate Levinson, Point Reyes Books

DVDs and Recordings
This was our first event to feature live streaming and we are very pleased that more than 2000 folks participated in this way. Audio and video recordings are available from Conference Recording. You can get the entire entrepreneur showcase and all the main stage speakers on DVD. Audio recordings are available for every breakout session. Go here to learn more. Many thanks to Conference Recording for providing us with live streaming.

Sponsors
A special thanks goes to this year’s lead sponsors: Heritage Salvage for furnishing the venue in a way that was truly above and beyond, RSF Social Finance for generous lead support for three years in a row, Investors’ Circle for incubating Slow Money, organic yogurt maker Stonyfield Farms for joining us as a lead sponsor this year, Solidago Foundation for both their generous support and their pioneering mission related investing, GeneroCity for underwriting our film crew from MediaOne, Back to Earth Organic Catering for the food we shared together and the farms they support, Marin Organic for many of our banner images, BSW Wealth Partners for designating Slow Money as one of their recipient NGOs, and finally Mamma Chia, a Slow Money enterprise of 2010 that is now dedicating 1% of sales to the Soil Trust. We hope Mamma Chia’s collaboration with 1% For the Planet and Slow Money will become a role model for companies that are eager to give back, like the farmer, “putting back into the soil what we take out.”
Leslie Christian, CEO Portfolio 21
Melissa Bradley, CEO, Tides
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Chris Martenson

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Lexicon of Sustainability
Mamma Chia
Marin Sun Farm
Numi Tea
 


Organic Valley

Paul Dolan Vineyards
Slo Chai
Stonyfield Farms
Taylor’s Tonics 

Taza Chocolate

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U.S. Pure Water
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