Elite Networks and the Rise of Social Impact Reporting in the UK Social Sector

Over the last decade, the use of business language has emerged in UK charities and social enterprises (social purpose organisations), and with it, the use of social impact reporting....

Overconfidence, Moral Self-Licensing and Doing Good: the Undoing of a Social Entrepreneur?

In his blog, Stumbling and Mumbling, Chris Dillow identifies a number of academic papers that may have profound implications for the worlds of social entrepreneurship and social innovation. Three...

Finding the Grit That Makes a Pearl: A Critical Re-reading of Research Into Social Enterprise

Finding the grit that makes a pearl uses the findings of a mid-term report on a major EU funded project supporting early-stage development of social enterprises developed out of...

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The Symbolic Violence of ‘Social Entrepreneurship’: Language, Power and the Question of the Social (Subject)

Pascal Dey’s paper identifies the language of social entrepreneurship as imbued with the symbolic violence that is inherent within the language of our dominant, neoliberal, system. The paper shows...

That New Car Smell: Social Innovation, Maintenance and Civil Society

Over the past decade, many influential policymakers, politicians, grant-making trusts and foundations have come to explicitly champion the idea of social innovation and have directed significant funds towards supporting...

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Is Payment by Results Doomed to Fail?

The social innovation known as Payment by Results (PbR) has been touted as a funding and commissioning mechanism which encourages providers to focus on delivering the outcomes that matter...

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