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About thesocialenterprise

The Social Enterprise was established in 2007 by David Russell to develop creative and innovative approaches for individuals and organisations that seek to deliver social value. We work with charities and businesses, and our starting point on any project is to determine how we will generate a return on investment in our services – whether through a more effective working approach or delivering greater social impact.

The Good-Enough Job

Thinking about work transitions, then the concept of “good enough”- first introduced by Donald Winnicott in respect to the “good-enough mother” – is an important one. I have been giving some consideration of my various working roles – as a … Continue reading

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Moving on

Oliver Burkeman is a fount of great wisdom, which I first realised reading one of his essays back in college. He was two years older than I, but we both studied Social and Political Sciences. He conveyed more in three … Continue reading

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Work Transitions

This post is the first in a series of articles on the decisions and transitions we make in our working lives, and what at times holds us back from doing so. The series will include resources and links that will be … Continue reading

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Why I coach

As a Clore Social Fellow, a leadership development programme supporting leadership in the social sector in the UK, I was allotted a budget to be coached over a two-year period. Having never had the resource or the exposure to coaching … Continue reading

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Four Thought

Following the presentation of Spoken Truths, my research project as a Fellow on the Clore Social Leadership Programme, I was invited to adapt it for the BBC Radio 4 series, Four Thought. The result of the adaptation is Big Business, Big Charity, … Continue reading

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Spaces of Aid

I was proud to call Lisa Smirl a friend. Last week I attended the posthumous launch of her important book, Spaces of Aid: How Cars, Compounds and Hotels Shape Humanitarianism. I have extracted some choice quotes from the preface here. … Continue reading

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Spoken Truths…

As the final component of my Fellowship on the Clore Social Leadership Programme, I decided to focus my research on the “unspoken truths” of the “social sector”: from how beneficiaries are often excluded from boards of charities and funders to how … Continue reading

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Solo in Wild Nature

I recently returned from my first “solo” – a twenty-four hour immersive experience in wild nature in the Spanish Pyrenees organised by Active Earth and Way of Nature UK – which I attended as part of my Fellowship on the Clore Social … Continue reading

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Responsible Investment

THREE STEPS CHARITY TRUSTEES CAN TAKE ON RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT Howard Pearce, David Russell and Elliot Frankal First published: Third Sector Online, 11th July 2014 Third sector organisations collectively hold assets worth over £100 billion[1] through endowments, reserves, pension funds and … Continue reading

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PHF should…

As part of the strategic review of the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, David Russell of The Social Enterprise submitted a response to the call for contributions as to the future direction of the organisation. The response was first published on the … Continue reading

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