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轉寄︰ Red Ochre e-newsletter June 2012

2012 年 05 月 31 日

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主題︰ Red Ochre e-newsletter June 2012

 

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Business in the Community have launched arc: building better business, a Business in the Community initiative which supports social enterprises by providing them with free, expert advice to help them grow.


The press release provides further information about the programme and you can also find out more by looking at the arc website and launch video.

If you are a social enterprise and would like to apply for arc, please contact Matthew Lill. If you are a business and would like further information about the programme Jennifer Aungst.


Red Ochre is one of the delivery partners for the programme and will be delivering workshops on a variety of topics. Organisations are able to vote for the workshops they would most like to be delivered, and suggest additional topics that they would find useful.

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For more information on the programe and the available workshops, click here.
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Red Ochre in the Press

Uday Thakkar’s article “The CEO Survival Plan” is published in the Spring 2012 Edition of ACEVO’s Network magazine. The article explores and summarises the qualities required of CEO’s to enable them to cope with managing organisations in turbulent times. Though aimed at social economy organisations the article’s content is applicable to any organisation
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Santander Social Enterprise Awards

On the 16th of April Red Ochre’s Managing Director Uday Thakkar participated in a panel to choose 3 London based social enterprises for the Santander Social Enterprise Development Awards. Collectively the three social enterprises won £95,000. The competition was fierce and the entrants were doing a host of really interesting and wonderful work. The awards are expected to accelerate the growth of the social enterprises. There are future rounds of the awards and should be considered for those seeking a boost to their funding and their publicity.

The 3 award winners were:
   • MAC-UK, a Camden-based social enterprise providing youth-led music projects for young
people with complex mental health issues
   • Walthamstow-based Forest Recycling Project, a social enterprise that provides recycling services to communities
   Enabling Enterprise, a community interest company which provides work experience to school leavers in East London.

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Red Ochre Resources

The Red Ochre website (http://redochre.org.uk/resources/) is a great source of research, publications, guides and toolkits. Every month we will be featuring one of our resources. Impact and social value are very topical at the moment.

This West Sussex County Council: The Social Impact Measurement Handbook guide to Social Impact measurement was developed and written by Red Ochre for West Sussex County Council and partners under the Cibus 05 Project. Approx Size 3Mb, Format pdf.
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Job Opportunity: Social Enterprise Hub and Business Development Manager for Action Acton

The purpose of the post is to:
   (i) develop Action Acton’s business workspace as a business and social enterprise hub to ensure maximum occupancy and revenue;
   (ii) generate income from social enterprises, tenders / contracts and other funding opportunities;
   (iii) secure support from corporate sector and business.

Location : The Doughnut Factory, 10 Warple Mews, Warple Way, Acton W3 ORF

Responsible for: Operations and daily running of the Hub Project, administrative, sessional and other staff and volunteers.

The job can be carried out on a full time or part time basis.
Salary: up to 40K (includes performance related pay; pro rata for part time) plus benefits.

Background: Action Acton

Action Acton is an expanding West London charity, Limited Liability Company and Social Enterprise. This post will play a key role in achieving our enterprise and income generation objectives and is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic individual with commitment, motivation and high levels of initiative and business acumen.

Action Acton’s core objective is to “promote economic and community regeneration in Acton, Ealing and adjoining West London boroughs”. We currently work across 3 west London boroughs –Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham and Hounslow.

Action Acton’s key objectives are to:
   1. Help disadvantaged, Unemployed individuals secure Employment
   2. Help disadvantaged individuals improve literacy, numeracy and basic IT skills.
   3. Help people start up in business and social enterprise.
   4. Provide enterprise workspace premises (the Doughnut Factory) for startup businesses
and social enterprises.
   5. Assist community and economic regeneration by setting up and developing social
enterprises e.g. Acton Street Market, South Acton Wellbeing Centre
   6. Develop Action Acton so it becomes a financially sustainable charity and social
enterprise.

Action Acton works in partnership with other charities and organisations, local authorities and
private and public sector bodies. Action Acton currently employs 22 staff and 12 volunteers and operates in 6 premises providing a range of services to help people in need – particularly disadvantaged, unemployed individuals. Action Acton generates over 80% of its annual income of approximately £1.5 million through winning and delivering public service contracts.

Action Acton is in an exciting period of transformation. A key objective is to increase different sources of income, including income from the business enterprise hub (the Doughnut Factory), surpluses from existing and new social enterprises and business ventures and other sources of funding.

This post is part funded by Transforming Local Infrastructure which the Big Fund is delivering on behalf of the Office for Civil Society, Cabinet Office.

How to apply

Closing date is Monday 4th June 2012 with interviews the week of 11th June.

Complete Action Acton application form. Pay particular attention to describing how you meet each aspect of the Job specification, Qualifications and Experience.

Return completed application form by post or e mail to:
Patsy Bholdhoo, Office manager
Action Acton
16-18 Crown Street,
London W3 8SB

Tel: 0208 993 9605
e mail: info@actionacton.com

Further information about Action Acton can be found on www.actionacton.com;
www.thedoughnutfactory.co.uk; www.actonmarket.co.uk.

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Ogilvy & Mather Idea Shops – Wednesday 27th-Thursday 28th June

Since 2010, Ogilvy & Mather UK has been running regular Idea Shops – a pop up event where experts from across the Ogilvy group volunteer their own time to give away free advice and expertise to small businesses, community projects and charities. It’s our way of giving back whilst doing what we do best. This summer the Idea Shop will be at the Marketing Week Live event at Olympia from Wednesday 27th to Thursday 28th June. The theme for this year’s Idea Shop will be behavioural change, with experts from our new #ogilvychange practice giving simple ideas to help change human behaviours.

Interested businesses and organisations need to register for a consultation at www.ideashop.ogilvy.co.uk.

Each consultation will last approximately an hour and a half. Limited appointments are available so please urge people to register ASAP. If you, or any interested parties, have any questions, please email katie.hobson@ogilvy.com or elaine.cameron@ogilvy.com. More information about Ogilvy & MatherUK can be found www.ogilvy.co.uk.

      

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

2012 年 05 月 31 日

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

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GIIN May Updates

Impact Investing News & Events

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Press Highlights

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

In Upsides, GIIN CEO Luther Ragin, Jr. says impact investing has a wide range of investment opportunities that make it accessible to mainstream investors.
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The Economist reports that billionaires who have signed the Giving Pledge have expressed interest in impact investing.
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A Financial Times article reviews the barriers and opportunities in impact investment. Read more >

Michael Schlein, Accion’s President and CEO, and Diana Taylor, its Chairman of the Board, discuss Accion’s approach to impact investing in Forbes
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MarketWatch provides an overview of the International Finance Corporation’s new green bond offering aimed at U.S. investors. Read more >

Upcoming Events

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

ANDE Metrics & Evaluation Conference
June 12-13, Washington, D.C., U.S.

Underbanked Financial Services Forum
June 13-15, San Francisco, CA, U.S.

Cracking the Nut

June 25-26, Washington, D.C., U.S.

In This Issue:

Investor Spotlight: Morgan Stanley >

Two New GIIN Investors’ Council Members >

Recap of IDB Group/GIIN Forum on Impact Investing in Latin America and the Caribbean >
Research Roundup >


Investor Spotlight: Morgan Stanley

Audrey Choi, Morgan StanleyEach 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 Audrey Choi, Managing Director and Head of Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm providing a range of investment banking, securities, investment management and wealth management services. Its wealth management division, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB), provides access to a wide range of products and services to individuals, businesses, and institutions, including brokerage and investment advisory services, financial and wealth planning, credit and lending, cash management, annuities and insurance, retirement and trust services. In April, Morgan Stanley’s Global Sustainable Finance group, in conjunction with MSSB, launched an Investing with Impact platform that will be accessible to MSSB’s 17,000 financial advisors. 

Read full interview with Audrey Choi >


GIIN Investors’ Council Welcomes Two New Members

Esmee Fairbairn logoEsmee Fairbairn Foundation
Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (EF) is one of the largest independent grant-making institutions in the United Kingdom (U.K.). Founded in 1961, EF works to improve quality of life throughout the U.K. The foundation makes grants to support diverse organizations working in the arts, education and learning, environment, social change, and food. In 2008, EF launched the GBP 21 million Finance Fund to make mission-focused investments that combine a social and financial impact.
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SEIU Capital Stewardship Program
SEIU Capital Stewardship Program logoThe SEIU Capital Stewardship Program was created within the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in 2000 as a center of excellence on capital and financial institutions and to facilitate partnership between SEIU and the trustees, administrators, advisors and investment managers of union members’ pension savings. SEIU members participate in 48 public pension funds and 19 private funds with approximately $1.5 trillion in assets, representing over 15% of all U.S. pension assets. Read more >

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IDB Group/GIIN Forum on Impact Investing in Latin America and the Caribbean Recap
GIIN logoIDB Group LogoOn Tuesday, May 29, the GIIN and the Inter-American Development Group hosted an Impact Investing Forum focused on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). More than 200 attendees gathered at the IDB Group’s offices in Washington, D.C., U.S. to identify ways the LAC region can benefit from increased interest in impact investing.

Read the event blog post >


Research Roundup
New impact investing research released this spring has caught the attention of the field. Below are just a few examples of recent reports. Visit the research resource page of the GIIN website for a more complete survey of impact investing research.   

  • McKinsey released a report on the opportunity for social impact bonds in the U.S. Read more >

  • Acumen Fund and Monitor Inclusive Markets find that impact capital and philanthropy are both needed to scale social enterprises. Read more >

New Jobs Posted to the GIIN Career Center

Career CenterNew job openings in Costa Rica, London, Washington, D.C., and other global locations have been posted on the GIIN Career Center. Deutsche Bank, ImpactAssets, and the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs are among the organizations looking for qualified impact investment professionals.

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轉寄︰ The Grameen Creative Lab – Newsletter April/May 2012

2012 年 05 月 31 日

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主題︰ The Grameen Creative Lab – Newsletter April/May 2012

The Grameen Creative Lab is passionate about social business. We hope that you are too. Check out what we have been up to lately! 
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Dear friends of social business,

  We want to give you an update about our work and latest happenings in the social business field.  Please take your time to read the highlights of the past two months and don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions or ideas.

  Inside this month’s issue:  
 

  1. The Fortune Magazine named Prof. Yunus as one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time
  2. BASF Grameen launched Bangladesh’s First Long Lasting Impregnated Net Plant
  3. Great ideas developed during Social Business Lab held at EBS University in Germany
  4. Age as an Asset – Social Business conference at EBS University in Germany
  5. Social Business Lab held at ESPM in Brazil
  6. Hult Global Case Challenge in New York
  7. Social Business Day 2012 is coming up
  8. News from the Global Social Business Summit 2012
  9. Save the date: Upcoming events in 2012
 
We are looking forward to the upcoming Social Business Day 2012 and hope that all of you will join us for this special day!
Until then, we invite you to get involved in our projects by contacting:

  Mr. Hans Reitz
MD and Co-Founder                                    
hans.reitz@grameencl.com

We look forward to working together with you!

  YY and do it with joy!

  The Grameen Creative Lab 
 


The Fortune Magazine named Prof. Yunus as one of 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time

  • Those were great news! Prof. Yunus has been selected as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our times.
  • This list prepared by The Fortune magazine has been published on http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/news/companies/1203/gallery.greatest-entrepreneurs.fortune/13.html.
  • It places Prof. Yunus in company of a highly exclusive group of individuals like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates, all of whom are known throughout the world for their innovation, vision and ability to get things done.
  • Interesting fact: ten of these entrepreneurs are American, one is an Indian and one is Bangladeshi.


BASF Grameen launched Bangladesh’s First Long Lasting Impregnated Net Plant

  • BASF Grameen Limited, a social business joint venture between BASF, the world’s leading chemical company, and Grameen Healthcare Trust of Bangladesh, can now source from a local production plant located in the Social Business Industrial Park in Sarabo, Bangladesh.
  • The plant owned and operated by Grameen Fabrics & Fashions Limited will manufacture long lasting insecticide impregnated nets under the brand name Interceptor® that can prevent malaria infections effectively.
  • These nets will be distributed in rural areas through door-to-door salesby Grameen sales ladies, who are earning a commission from their sales.
  • BASF Grameen Limited was formed in 2009 to improve health and business opportunities of the poor of Bangladesh, who would not have had this possibility on their own. The Interceptor® mosquito nets are the first product of this venture which aims to reduce insect-borne diseases, thus contributing to achieve key UN Millennium Development Goals related to health.


Great ideas developed during Social Business Lab held at EBS University in Germany

  • In the beginning of April GCL conducted a Social Business Lab at the EBS University in Wiesbaden.
  • The EBS University was not only host of the event but actively participated with students.
  • We welcomed 35 highly motivated guests from corporations, universities and NGOs from different parts of Germany to the lab.
  • During the lab the concept of social business and social business best practices were presented to the participants. Followed by four different breakout sessions, the participants were working together on social business plans and developed great ideas.
  • One workshop focused on “Age as an Asset”, how to use the potential of elderly people through social business. The developed idea has great potential for implementation!  Other topics included “Social Business City”, “Youth unemployment” and “Malnutrition in developing countries”. 


Age as an Asset – Social Business conference at EBS University in Germany

  • On April 25 and 26 a conference on social business and aging boomers “Age as an Asset” took place at the EBS University in Oestrich-Winkel.
  • In the time of a constantly aging population in Germany, EBS University and Danone Germany staged this first conference on social business and aging under the auspice of the German Minister for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Dr. Kristina Schröder.
  • The two days conference brought together international researchers, policy makers, business leaders and practitioners to discuss trends and strategies and to explore possibilities of social business and entrepreneurial activities related to demographic change and an aging society.
  • GCL actively engaged in the discussions and Prof. Yunus had sent a personal video message, which can be viewed here.


Social Business Lab held at ESPM in Brazil
  • GCL and ESPM organized a Social Business Lab on April the 23rd and 24th at ESPM Campus in São Paulo.  It was the first Social Business Lab at a University in Brazil.
  • Professors, students and professionals interacted and discussed social business concepts and international cases. Five teams brainstormed social business ideas to fight corruption, to reduce child mortality rate, to improve quality education and to reduce waste. All with joy!
  • The workshop was an enthusiastic starting point for ESPM to develop concrete ideas towards launching its Social Business Center during the second semester of 2012 in partnership with GCL.
  • Take a look at the Social Business Lab report at http://bit.ly/JZAt3f


Hult Global Case Challenge in New York

  • Our partner Hult International Business School organized the Hult Global Case Challenge, the largest international idea competition with prize money of 1 Mio $ to solve social problems in the fields of education, housing and energy.
  • Following five regional finals in London, Shanghai, Boston, San Francisco and Dubai, the Global Final took place in New York on April 26.
  • Next to President Bill Clinton, Prof. Yunus gave a key note speech and awarded the three winning teams from NYU Abu Dhabi, Hult Boston and Carnegie Mellon. You can watch his speech here.


Social Business Day 2012 is coming up
  • On 28th of June it is time again for Social Business Day! On this day we celebrate the concept of social business as well as Prof. Yunus’ birthday.
  • It is the one day where you can connect with the social business community worldwide and feel the YY spirit at its best!
  • In Dhaka, Bangladesh Social Business Day will be celebrated with a two day conference with inspiring speakers and interactive workshops. More information can be found on http://www.socialbusinessday.net/. Deadline for registration is 10th June 2012.
  • GCL will host a get-together in Wiesbaden, Germany, where you can get in touch with the team and connect with the social business community. Check the GCL website in the next days for updates!
  • Where will you celebrate Social Business Day 2012? If you want to host a local SBD gathering, let us know where and send us your Social Business Day greetings! Take a look at the great messages that we received from around the world in 2011 here. We are looking forward to your contributions this year!
  • No matter where you are, you will be able to participate in the SBD virtually. We will have one unique online platform with videos and live streams from the happenings around the world and messages from anyone who wants to contribute! You can ask questions and discuss with social business enthusiasts. Just visit http://grameencreativelab.com on 28th June 2012 and interact with the global social business community!
  • We will have cool prizes to be raffled off online for participation and contributions to the Social Business Day. So stay tuned and get prepared for a day full of joy!
 


News from the Global Social Business Summit 2012

  • GCL is already working full speed for the preparation of the Global Social Business Summit 2012, which will be held on 08-10 November 2012 in Vienna!
  • We have a great event venue with the Austria Center Vienna located in the “UN City” and are preparing an exciting program with interesting speakers, workshops, presentations, interactive formats for networking and much more. The whole summit will be about “The Power of Innovation”, so expect some surprises in the event formats as well 😉
  • Registration will start in the beginning of June on http://www.gsbs2012.com.   


Save the date: Upcoming events in 2012

 

Please save the date in your calendars for the following exciting upcoming events in 2012:

  • Worldwide Social Business Day 2012// 28th June 2012: Social Business Day will be celebrated again in Dhaka, Bangladesh and virtually all over the world.
  • Social Business Forum Asia 2012 // 20th – 22nd July 2012: The second SBFA will be organized by Kyushu University and will take place again in Fukuoka, Japan. Additonal events in Tokyo will take place from 23rd – 25th July.
  • Academia Meeting 2012 // 07th of November 2012:  Please save the date for the second Social Business Academia Meeting 2012, taking place one day prior to the GSBS.
  • Global Social Business Summit 2012 // 08th – 10th of November 2012:  Please save the date for the 4th Global Social Business Summit, which will be held in Vienna again! More information at www.gsbs2012.com.

SAVE THE DATE:

* 28 June 2012
Worldwide Social Business Day

* 20 – 22 July 2012
2nd Social Business Forum Asia in Fukuoka, Japan

* 7 November 2012
2nd Social Business Academia Meeting 2012 in Vienna, Austria

08 – 10 November 2012
4th Global Social Business Summit in Vienna, Austria

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轉寄︰ Plunkett Weekly News 25-05-2012

2012 年 05 月 26 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 25-05-2012

Dear all,

This week in the Plunkett Weekly News:

-Communities prepare to celebrate Community Shops Fortnight;

-Deadline closed for Plunkett Foundation Projects Manager position;

-Co-operative model at crucial stage in development, says Andrew Bibby;

-First pub to use Plunkett?s model rules launches share prospectus;

-Local towns, local food event;

Best wishes,

Katherine Darling

Media & Communications Officer
Plunkett Foundation

car2go San Diego Cruises to Success

2012 年 05 月 24 日

Denizens of America’s Finest City may have noticed a cavalcade of small blue and white vehicles traversing the city from Pacific Beach to the Gaslamp Quarter in recent months. These vehicles are part of North America’s first electric carsharing network known as car2go. Launched in November 2011, car2go now has over 6,000 registered users in San Diego, with more people registering every day. With fuel costs on the rise, car2go is an ideal way to save money and lessen your carbon footprint. Members must first register and after several days will receive a membership card that will activate car2go upon being swiped against the vehicle’s windshield. What sets car2go apart from traditional carsharing programs is that car2go gives users access to the vehicle for as much time as they want, without committing to return the vehicle at a specific time or destination.  

car2go also assumes all responsibility for maintenance, fueling, parking and insurance. One of the added bonuses of using ca2go in San Diego is the ability to park at metered spots without having to put money into the meter. car2go San Diego currently has 300 vehicles in its fleet with more on the way, and each vehicle features FM radio, GPS navigation system, roadside assistance and 24 hour customer support, with more features and upgrades on the way.

Watch the video above to learn more about car2go San Diego

Doing Well And Doing Good: Measuring The Results Of Impact Investing | Blog | Social Finance

2012 年 05 月 24 日

In my last post “Measuring The Impact of Social Investing”, I talked a lot about the history of PULSE, the software designed to help track the impact of social investments. Since Acumen Fund first introduced it in 2006, we have seen a constant and increasing need for support, services and even entire organizations to help the impact investing community operate more efficiently and achieve greater success.

Thanks to organizations like the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), we now have a taxonomy and structure in place to help improve the transparency and reporting of social investing returns. The implementation of the Impact Reporting and Investment Standards (IRIS) has arguably done more to increase the credibility of the social benefits of impact investing than anything the industry has seen to date. 

On April 12, the Global Impact Investing Rating System (GIIRS) released its first-ever impact investing analytics report [PDF], which provides comprehensive and verified data on the social and environmental impact of a broad range of investments on a global scale. The release of this report – which the organization now plans to release quarterly – further demonstrates the increasing attention being paid to measuring the impact of social investments.

Increased adoption of PULSE software is yet another indication of the growing importance of metrics among impact investors. With the formation of organizations like GIIN and the adoption of processes like IRIS and GIIRS, we’ve seen a continually increasing demand for software that is compatible with the new taxonomy and impact investing ratings system. In fact, PULSE has been adopted by organizations representing the six major continents, which we attribute largely to the overall increased awareness of measuring the impact of social investments and a universally standard taxonomy.

For example:

  • The Opportunity for the Majority (OMJ) window within the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has implemented PULSE and the IRIS taxonomy to track metrics around individual investments across its entire portfolio. OMJ supports efforts to reduce poverty and inequality specifically focusing on the Base of the Pyramid (BOP) in Latin American and Caribbean countries. The IDB team is using its up-to-date information about investment performance as well as performance across sectors and regions to be more selective about the investments they choose. The automated system for gathering and analyzing data also means employees who were previously tasked with data entry can now focus more of their efforts on what they’re good at – finding deals and serving clients. Beyond increasing proficiency, the OMJ team was able to collaborate and meet every deadline. They achieved this level of performance by establishing milestones and tasks which lead to weekly meetings. These activities lead to higher results, better communication, and strong management support. To find more details about OMJ’s use of PULSE, download the full case study from our website.
  • Inveneo, a non-profit social enterprise based in San Francisco, California, works to provide technology such as computers, telephone and Internet access to rural communities in underdeveloped parts of the world. In 2011 alone, the organization reached 126 communities and served approximately 250,000 end users, the impact of which is all tracked, recorded and analyzed using PULSE software.
  • MicroVest Capital Management has implemented PULSE software to help track and benchmark financial, operational, environmental and social data to better demonstrate the impact of its microfinance funds. By replacing its spreadsheet-driven data analytics processes with an automated reporting system that works with Salesforce.com, the fund manager is digging deeper into its numbers and more easily comparing them to external benchmarks. Like IDB, MicroVest employees are able to use time they previously spent validating and crosschecking data on deal structuring and analysis.

We fully expect to see the gap between philanthropy and capitalism continue to shrink over the coming months and years, as both corporations face pressure to provide social benefit and social organizations are encouraged to demonstrate measurable results. Together with organizations like GIIN and tools like IRIS and GIIRS, we’re optimistic that our PULSE software puts us all one step closer to solving the world’s problems.

Charlie Kuhn is responsible for PULSE business development at Application Experts (www.app-x.com). He can be reached at 720-240-9168 or charlie@app-x.com.

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轉寄︰ Community Contribution Companies passed into law in BC!

2012 年 05 月 19 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︰ Community Contribution Companies passed into law in BC!

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May 18, 2012
We are delighted to report that Bill 23, Finance Statutes Amendment Act, 2012 (BC) was passed into law this week, by Royal Assent.

Included in this Bill is the new social enterprise hybrid legal structure called the Community Contribution Company (or C3). BC is the first province to hold such legislation.

Creation of the C3 stemmed from consultations among non-profits engaged in or entering the social enterprise realm, beginning in 2010.

Bill 23 was first introduced to the BC Legislature on March 5, 2012.

The hybrid most closely resembles the UK’s Community Interest Company (or CIC).

BC’s Community Contribution Company features an asset lock, interest and dividend caps, and an extra layer of community impact reporting.

Embedded within the BC Business Corporations Act, the C3 is a taxable corporation.

Details of the C3’s features will become clearer during the Ministry of Finance’s drafting of the regulations associated with the new structural option. We hope to see the option made available for use by early 2014. Stay tuned…

Stacey Corriveau

BC Centre for Social Enterprise


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轉寄︰ Developing Ecosystems that Work

2012 年 05 月 18 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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To develop social enterprises, you need to develop social entrepreneurs…and expose them to entrepreneurial role models, case studies, and experiential learning opportunities…”

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Dear Houghton,

To be successful, Social Enterprises need to operate in an ecosystem that has supportive institutions as well as capable lawyers, accountants, and policy makers among others that understand social capital markets. More importantly, they need an ecosystem that will assist in capacity building from the individual level up to the institutional level.

As a lawyer for the United Nations Global Compact and Principles for Responsible Investment Initiatives, I worked to develop an ecosystem to support both companies that wanted to embed ESG into their businesses and investors that wanted to use the power of the purse to support such businesses and move others in that direction. This involved collaboration between the UN, governments, companies, investors, and NGOs working towards a common purpose. 

ADB, EDB, ANDE, Impact Law Ventures, The Lien Centre for Social Innovation, McKinsey & Company, Mercy Corps, and many more provide the ecosystem support that Social Enterprises need. These entities will be at the Impact Forum 2012 to share case studies and discuss collaborative ways on how to develop a nurturing ecosystem for Social Enterprises and Impact Investors. Some sessions are below.
  • Connecting Markets through the Ecosystem: Creating the vibrant ecosystem to facilitate change-making transactions for social enterprises.
  • Technology & Inclusive Access: How innovative technology is a game changer for the underserved populations of Asia
  • Building the Singapore Hub: How and why Singapore is becoming the Silicon Valley of Social Enterprises and Impact Investing in Asia
  • The Innovation Imperative: Corporate CSR programs have begun embracing social enterprises as a signature sustainable program, but what is the true impact of this?
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I hope to see you at the Impact Forum this June.

Sincerely,
Matt

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轉寄︰ News from ClearlySo

2012 年 05 月 18 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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轉寄︰ Social enterprise – bad medicine the NHS doesn’t need?

2012 年 05 月 18 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”.

my facebook  &  my twitter  &  my linkedin

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主題︰ Social enterprise – bad medicine the NHS doesn’t need?

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Yesterday Social Enterprise UK ran the ‘Fit for the Future’ event, which aimed to explore the opportunities for social enterprises in healthcare. But could social enterprise be the wrong prescription for the health service?
Stroud Against Cuts certainly think so. They successfully stopped NHS Gloucestershire being spun out into a social enterprise, holding the view that social enterprise is nothing more than a cover for privatisation.
Read the latest on the legal wrangle in Gloucestershire below. We’ll have more on this from Stroud Against the Cuts, and someone helping social enterprise spin-outs (Dan Gregory, whose Twitter feed is worth watching for more on the subject), in the next couple of weeks.
Elsewhere we have a great mix of blogs and videos on the Big Society, securing social investment, corporate innovation and more. Enjoy!
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Global business giant Deloitte demands boost in support for UK social businesses

Deloitte has called for significant support from mainstream British business and government to help UK social enterprises fulfil their growth potential.
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£100,000 social loan to lever global innovation for wheelchair users

A revolutionary device that uses a lever to cut down the effort of propelling a wheelchair, will expand its global impact thanks to £100,000 of social investment.
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Getting it right on philanthropic investment: a legal eagle’s view

With fewer dollars to go around due to the economic crisis, philanthropists are increasingly turning to options beyond simply giving money to charities. Yet many foundations are still to make use of the options available.
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