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Ten things that need to happen for social investment to thrive in Central and Eastern Europe

Nicole Etchart and Roxana Damaschin-Tecu 10 October 2018

It has been 21 years since NESsT was launched in Budapest, Hungary. Our value proposition was that socially driven enterprises were a solution for the Centeal and Eastern European (CEE) region’s most critical social problems. …


Stop wasting your time, energy, and effort. Improve your communications and progress faster!

Décio Emanuel 28 September 2018

When meeting with founders and directors of social enterprises, one struggle that comes back to me every time is their poor communication within the team. Most social enterprises are small businesses, with usually 2 to …


Get funding for your social enterprise through an experimental approach

Décio Emanuel 19 September 2018

Here’s the truth: the business model you have now is not the business model you will have in a year’s time. The product or service you offer now, will not be the same in a …

SEWF 2018: What’s new with social good

Amy McGoldrick 18 September 2018

‘You exist despite the system, not because of it.’ Adele Peek, General Manager for Indigenous Engagement at Foundation for Young Australians, took to a stage that was overwhelmingly white and male at the Social Enterprise …

Multiply social impact with social enterprise networks

Décio Emanuel 18 September 2018

Social enterprises and social entrepreneurs, for now, hold a unique and ever-present culture of sharing, of ‘being in this together’, of humanity. This is particularly useful when forming networks of social enterprises. The importance of …

Technology and social investment to build a better world

Rodrigo Baggio 18 September 2018

The Brazilian Philanthropy Forum was an amazing chance to get in touch with some great solutions we already have in hands to accelerate performance and positive impact in society, such as big data and artificial …

Investing in social enterprise, investing in models

1 Lisa van Heereveld 17 September 2018

The definition of social enterprise has been at the centre of global debates for a long time. The overall UK consensus seems to be that social enterprises should generate at least 50 per cent of …

Taking leadership in Asia: Engaging with policy sector for impact

Patsian Low 13 September 2018

Recently, there have been vocal challenges that question whether the impact capital movement has affected systemic changes. Critics have pointed out that majority of impact capital are busy with fragmented and independent programmes, leaving systemic …

Interview: Annie Chen, RS Group, Hong Kong

Andrew Milner 11 September 2018 For Subscribers

At the forefront of the fast-developing social investment sector in Asia are organisations like RS Group. Neither a typical investment house, nor a typical philanthropic institution, yet it makes both grants and investments. At the …

The future of impact investing: a view from Asia

Andrew Milner 4 September 2018 For Subscribers

Within philanthropy circles, people are beginning to look beyond grants to the creation of a package of what might be called social finance, which will not only be bigger but will involve the kind of …