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Ideas, as well as people, now move more freely. We have put new models, drawn from other classes and other parts of the world, before the local people, creating new aspirations and new ideas.
Michael Young and Peter Willmott.
Family and Kinship in East London, 1957

Journey of a Social Entrepreneur – The Giving Machine

Date: April 23 2014

Posted by: Malcolm Dean

By the turn of the 21st century Richard Morris had helped launch a series of successful innovative technological projects – both in impact and financially – involving electronics, data and broadband in the US as well as the UK. One company, launched in the US in 1997, was valued at over $2.3 billion in 1999.... Find out more

Journey of a Social Entrepreneur – HumanUtopia

Date: March 11 2014

Posted by: Malcolm Dean

Social entrepreneurs follow multiple different routes to achieving their goal. This month’s profile describes how two talented entrepreneurs totally restructured and saved an important social programme that was about to be abandoned. Fourteen years ago in the run up to the Millennium Year, UK corporations were being urged by the British government to become more... Find out more

Journey of a Social Entrepreneur – The Philosophy Foundation

Date: January 14 2014

Posted by: Malcolm Dean

Social entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes as the previous six profiles in this series vividly demonstrate. This month’s profile looks at a couple seeking to change the school curriculum. Initially they wanted to add a fourth ‘R’ to the traditional three. They have even considered making it the first R – the pursuit... Find out more

The entrepreneur’s journey – Dementia Adventure

Date: December 12 2013

Posted by: Malcolm Dean

The inspiration for the charity which Neil Mapes launched with his wife, Lucy Harding, in 2009 goes back a long way. In his childhood he saw the devastating effects that dementia can inflict on people because three of his four grandparents suffered from it – as did one of Lucy’s. It was this experience of... Find out more

Journey of a Social Entrepreneur: Malcolm Dean Profiles Hannah Mitchell and Samantha Sparrow

Date: July 15 2013

Posted by: Malcolm Dean

For struggling social entrepreneurs, the smooth passage so far of vInspired’s ‘Task Squad’ must be galling. But let them take heart. Good ideas, even in this age of austerity and public expenditure cuts, can achieve traction. Like many successful programmes, the idea was simple and could not be more appropriate for the times. Task Squad’s... Find out more