Keeping innovation ‘social’ – An appeal to reduce jargon in the workplace

By Alan J Gardiner

Do you know what CSO, QIPP and SROI stand for or what an ideation session or community stakeholder engagements involve? As you are reading this Young Foundation’s social venture blog then it is quite likely that actually you do. But this is the problem. You may feel completely at ease with these terms but people from outside the world of social enterprise and policy can find the use of this kind of terminology in a conversation both impenetrable and downright baffling.

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Fools Gold? – Reflecting on the recent rush to value social impact

By Stuart Thomason

The European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA)
impact measurement workshop

Brussels is not immediately synonymous with social innovation. A brief survey of our friends, family and colleagues before departure summarised the tourist options well, with specific instructions on how to avoid European Bureaucracy and which train to take onto Bruges. This image of a stale, grey landscape was at odds with our excitement at the fact that Belgium had just celebrated one year without central government, something any community activist would surely only dream of.

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Social Venturing @ YF with the Business Model Canvas

By Alan J Gardiner

What do Fastlaners, an employability programme for unemployed graduates; Saheli, a health and fitness service for Asian women and Start Again, a sports and social development programme for young people with mental health issues have in common? They are all social ventures and have benefited from the support of the Young Foundation in its role as a Social Venture Intermediary (SVI).

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