Saying social enterprise, or social investment, or social innovation are flawed is like saying kittens are evil. It’s heresy! [1]

By prefixing ‘social’ to enterprise, investment and innovation we seemingly obviate any need for a critical analysis of whether or not these enterprises, investments and innovations are social, and therefore, presumably, good.

Indeed, by broadly sidestepping any such enquiry not only do we miss the chance to explore whether they are doing any good, but also whether they are doing any bad!

This is not exactly true. Many excellent thinkers examine and critique these fields. However, their thinking and writing is generally inaccessible (often academic, often little known) and is not aggregated, nor actively promoted to those who have already drunk from the holy grail of all things social…

Kittens are Evil is a small effort to address this, to bring this thinking together, to look long and hard at all things prefixed with ‘social’ through a critical lens, and to shout about it to those with their nose to the social grindstone, trying to do good in the world.

Over the coming months we’ll be posting up some pretty academic, intense and esoteric papers, accompanied by short and accessible summaries. All these papers have one thing in common: to challenge social sector orthodoxy and inspire liberated and alternative approaches to addressing the underlying issues that these ‘social’ sectors purportedly address.

We hope you enjoy the reading.

[1] Acknowledgements and thanks to Charlotte Pell, Rob Wilson and Toby Lowe, all at Newcastle University, for the inspiration of their Little Heresies lecture series, the Kittens are Evil book, exploring heresies in public policy and their support in developing this website (including our blatant plagiarising from their original text). Thanks guys!

Kittens are evil is administered by @benmetz, with contributions coming from a range of academic and not so academic authors as well as a whole host of folk recommending articles via Twitter and email.