Better for people and planet?
How social enterprises in Plymouth are contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Here at Iridescent Ideas CIC and Plymouth Social Enterprise Network (PSEN) we often say that we think social enterprises are better for people and better for planet. BUT, where is the proof that social enterprises are better?
Amid the rhetoric of recovery plans and the cries to ‘Level Up‘ and ‘Build Back Better’ there seems to be a missing component: the role of all things digital
Digital. Place. Community.
Has your community been destroyed, remade or re-envisioned by the pandemic? In one sense COVID atomised communities. We were reduced - 1950’s sci-fi style - by the ray-gun of the pandemic to singles or family units: locked down and stuck in our individual homes.
We've just published our paper on health and economic policy. Click here to download it.
Improving health and wellbeing should be a fundamental aim of the economy yet economic policy making - particularly at a regional level - too often does not include any reference to, or focus on, health. We call for economic policy making to be more closely aligned with health policy to help tackle inequalities, improve wellbeing and increase productivity.
No health, no economy
How social enterprises can lead us back to health and prosperity
COVID-19 is showing us that a health issue can not only devastate the lives of those directly in the path of the virus, but can also close shops and high streets, force hundreds of thousands of businesses to struggle and place millions on furlough or out of work. Never has the fundamental link between health and the economy been more clearly underlined.
The battle for our high streets
There is a war of ideas coming. Already skirmishes are being seen and battle lines are being drawn.
Is it time to move on from trying to influence from the inside and fight harder from the outside (with all the risks that entails)?
Why businesses need to 'woke' up
WHAT is it to be ‘woke’ in business? Woke seems to be the new term for ‘political correctness’. Both have origins in things noble that have become distorted and are now somewhat pejorative phrases.
This week I was privileged to visit B-Inspired in Leicester. This was part of a learning camp supported by the community business funder Power to Change.
The willow bows low trailing its branches into the glittering water. Sunlight slides off a copper-green tower. Partially closed, ancient wooden slabs of doors refute access to the masses but the courtyards, cloisters, and colonnaded walkways beyond are glimpses of a different world. I’m in Oxford and the University and its constituent colleges are an ever-present reminder of knowledge, power, inequality/equality and wealth.