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Salesforce and Social Enterprise

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Salesforce and Social Enterprise

An interesting development and considerable interest in the Guardian article on Salesforce attempting to trademark 'social enterprise' Paul Burr and I both observe the inclination for one's efforts to be brushed aside and then re-branded. If there's a culture of pushing each other out of the way, why should we expect better…See More
Aug 14
Jeff Mowatt commented on Phil Green's event 'Gaining Power- Challenges Facing Activists'
"Phil, I'm referring to the Ning site which has been devoid of conversation for at least a month, as far as I can see."
Jul 20
Jeff Mowatt commented on Phil Green's event 'Gaining Power- Challenges Facing Activists'
"Phil, The NatCan discussion group it seems is as asleep as this one. What's next. Well how about Love and Compassion. This was the starting point in efforts to change capitalism for people and planet.   "
Jul 19
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"Funnily enough Neil, I was thinking of adding that too. The one I started in 2008 on the subject of Social Business has some common ground with the re-interpretions of capitalism we have now in Big Society. The membership of just over 1000…"
Jul 4
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"By the same token, why not join up with and create a groups the RSA network. if they don't already exist. There are dozens of underused forums, where the "build and they will come" approach has been proven wrong. They want…"
Jul 4
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"Neil, Having tried a variety of social platforms, WordPress is I admit better than I thought at first. It is however a blog platform which with some rare exceptions tends to become a broadcast only platform. There are two great obstacles in my…"
Jun 25
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"Joe, I've been very much involved in the concept of a neighbourhood plan locally in which I take the role of secretary and promoter. I network alone it seems. Thought there's a trickle of visitors, you'll note that the hyperlocal…"
Jun 23
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post A rant on personal fulfilment
"John, It was one of these events, Euro 2012, which really brought home the helplessness I feel in a personal struggle to "move the goalposts" on social enterprise. As I discovered, I was not the only one to see the contrast between what we…"
Jun 23
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"It's been my experience that it takes a lot of effort to  get others to engage in online conversation. Even on Facebook it took several years to get others to join a group on social enterprise. In the local community network setting one…"
Jun 22
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"Yes, Neil The social enterprise project with Ukraine's orphans as a primary focus. We approached USAID, Erste Bank and the British Council with our work. They set up their own social enterprise initiative with the childcare component…"
Jun 19
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"Indeed Paul, The nature of cost/benefit always leaves a niche for the smaller, leaner business but with public money, we have a "zero sum game". Looking at how we were screwed over, I can see that Big Society could well have derived from…"
Jun 19
Jeff Mowatt commented on John Popham's blog post Our Society - The Future (does it have one?)
"The problem of silos was really brought home to me last night with the BBC4 Documentary on Ukraine's Forgotten Children, this cause to which our founder gave his life, which was featured for 6 years on Ukraine's most prominent civic action…"
Jun 19
Jeff Mowatt commented on Phil Green's group Our society international
""Share your struggles" it says above. Recenty Hillary Clinton offered a vision of a Social Impact Economy, Smart Power and the need to 'break down silos. It came soon after Marcell Theroux's documentary on  Ukraine's…"
May 27
Jeff Mowatt commented on Phil Green's group Our society international
"Footprint in time, from 2006. A re-published interview with P-CED founder Terry Hallman and his efforts to leverage social investment to create homes for all children in…"
Mar 21
Phil Green commented on Jeff Mowatt's group 21st Century Economics
"RT @joshryancollins: Who wants £20K to start their own e-community currency? Blog:http://t.co/9vMVcD0B Application:http://t.co/R8haTBmZ @qoin @transitiontowns [?]"
Feb 7
Jeff Mowatt replied to julian dobson's discussion The future of Ning and making networks work
"It looks like the end of the road for my hyperlocal efforts as SocialGo the platform I've been using to build it since 2010 has all but vanished returning a 'domain removed' message. As we know, this platform has been chosen for Your…"
Jan 20

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Rowan Williams weighs in

Posted on April 1, 2011 at 10:30 0 Comments

Published today in Australia, the Archbishop of Canterbury draws attention to the need to focus on the moral case, to consider education, international aid, microfinance, development, building community - a doctrine of the soul.




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At 16:39 on October 13, 2011, Paul Burr said…
Hi Jeff, cant seem to view the site. thanks for any input though. Kind regards
At 20:46 on August 19, 2011, Paul Burr said…

I'm sorry to hear things aren't so good. If you ever feel like an unload, you've my number. Kindest regards



At 19:49 on August 19, 2011, Paul Burr said…

Jobcentre are separate from the local authorities, I was contacted by the DWP to set up the enterprise club in the Dewsbury area, how developing the mentors (Which I've a few from business who are involved) would lead to this NEA funding to develop and have an impact..... We've received SOD ALL in the way of input since.

The impact we've had locally has impressed a lot of people locally, it's even more impressive when they realise we've done all the things without any external funding, we have for the most part self funded from the start.

If you're interested in the model we've put together, let me know. The project can be rolled out in any area, I've designed the model to allow this to happen. I'm finding that the businesses I'm getting involved with are starting to network our approach, I'm getting business contacting us to be involved.

The project you've put together, let me know about it, we may be able to scale it up to operate in this area too, if we can lets spread it to other areas.

Anyhow, after such a rant.... Hope this finds you well. Regards, me
At 19:48 on August 19, 2011, Paul Burr said…

I think there's a bit more to it than that. I've found that the usual few who've been delivering the services have simply dragged their feet and waited to bid for the New enterprise allowance that has just gone nationwide.

If you're in with the in crowd then you're ok, if not, you'll be treated like a mushroom.


The thing that most amazes me is all this talk about working together, The Private sector, along with third sector are in competition for funding streams with the public sector. In this day of supposed co working, the development of the LEP's, this idea to engage with business, the usual in crowd want to have the funds to deliver. These funds are for the most part competitive tenders so dragging heels when it comes to your request for anyone taking an interest means you get nothing off the ground, have no impact and therefore no connection or incentive to compete.

We have organizations that are very good at applying and winning funding, they are in the loop, Delivery of what is actually needed on the ground, stuff that will have an effect, is secondary.

I come to this social enterprise model from 25 years in business, I've paid so so much in over these years, along with the people I've employed and to be quite frank Jeff, I'm disgusted with the way that money is being wasted in a system that at best works at 40% efficiency. This system gets it's funding for doing 40% of the work too, money that was supposed to be for the whole is handed over for hitting the 40% mark.


At 13:13 on June 22, 2011, Isabel Livingstone said…

Hi Jeff,

I've just added a new group on Our Society that you might want to join. It is to bring together South West based people on Our Society, and also to link with Empowerment Works, a movement of people and organisations committed to supporting community empowerment.

You can join the group at http://oursociety.org.uk/group/empowermentworksinthesouthwest

Hope to see you there soon!

At 13:11 on March 2, 2011, Paul Burr said…

hi jeff, thanks for the interest. I'm prepared to talk about what we're doing and the direction we're taking if it will be of interest.


Kind regards



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At 10:39 on February 7, 2011, Sophie Ballinger said…

Thanks Jeff. Ning have said that there isn't a limit, or at least that there shouldn't be, so I've pointed them towards your blog comment and they are investigating for us.

Thanks again :)

At 20:26 on February 6, 2011, Sophie Ballinger said…

Hi Jeff,

Further to your post about comment length being limited, I've been investigating and this seems to be a problem that a few Ning networks are experiencing. I have logged the problem with Ning and will rectify asap. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

If you ever experience any other network problems, please do feel free to drop me a mail, comment, or post in the Feedback Forum.

Thanks again,


At 14:56 on January 28, 2011, Sophie Ballinger said…

Hi Jeff & welcome to Our Society!

You can read a bit more about Our Society and what we hope to achieve by having a read of Our Purpose and our About Us page.

This network is in the early stages of development so we'd very much appreciate any comments or suggestions that you have. I've set up a Feedback Forum for your comments.

As a quick way to get the ball rolling, why not read our Getting Started info, and please take a moment to tell us a bit about yourself in the "Who are you?" thread.

Thanks again for joining, please contact me if you have any problems, and do feel free to set up your own group or discussion - I'm happy to assist with either.

~ Sophie


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